School of Health

Sara Brito

Phone: (03) 5122 6117
Position: Program Coordinator / Lecturer
Discipline: Occupational Therapy


  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2021, Monash University
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, 2008, Curtin University
  • Master of Education, 2004, University of South Australia
  • Bachelor of Science, 1998, Butler University, Indianapolis, USA

Teaching areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability/ injury
  • Assessment
  • Occupational therapy models and framework
  • Evidence-based practice

Professional associations


  • AHPRA Registered Occupational Therapist (2012- present)
  • Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by Australian Hand Therapy Association) (2011- present)

    Committee participation:

    • Member of the AHT Credentialing Council (2021- present)
    • Education & Professional Development Sub-committee (2016 - 2020)
    • Digital Education Coordinator (2016- present)
  • OT Australia Member (2009- present)
    • Committee participation:
    • OT Australia Divisional Council Member 2010 & 2011.
    • Divisional Chair March- 2011.
    • ACT National Advisory Council representative 2011


  • Registered Occupational Therapist (USA) (2012- present)
  • Certified Hand Therapist (USA) (2014-present)

Research interests

  • Disability
  • Qualitative studies
  • Psychosocial outcomes
  • Occupational adaptation
  • Teaching and learning


Journal Articles

Brito, S., White, J., Thomacos, N., & Hill, B. (2021). The lived experience following free functioning muscle transfer for management of pan-brachial plexus injury: reflections from a long-term follow-up study. Disability and Rehabilitation.

Brito, S., White, J., Hill, B.,Thomacos, N., Hill, B. (in press). Effective long-term management of brachial plexus injury following surgery: what is needed from hand therapists’ perspectives. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Lee, D-C. A.; Brito, S.; Hill, R. M.; Zin, X.; Newton, F; Yu, M-L.; Flynn, C.; Haines, T.P. (under review) International allied health students’ perspective on fieldwork placement: Preparation, experiences, challenges and recommendations for future support programs. Higher Education Research & Development.

Conference presentations

Occupational Therapy Australia (July 2019)

Combined12 Asia Pacific Federation of Societies of Hand Surgeons / 8 Asia Pacific Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy (March 2020)