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Dr Natasha Layton

Senior Lecturer
PhD, Deakin University, Australia; Master of Health Science (Occupational Therapy), University of South Australia, Australia; Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), La Trobe University, Australia


Dr Natasha Layton is an occupational therapist practicing, researching and teaching in the areas of assistive technology (AT), disability, and outcomes. Her PhD study concerned the costs and outcomes of assistive technology solutions. Specialising in mixed methods and inclusive research approaches, she focusses on the nexus between research, policy and practice. Over the last decade she has worked on research grants worth almost $400,000, and published 30 peer reviewed publications including six book chapters, several written with consumers.
Natasha works locally in collaboratives with consumers, at state and national level in Australia with disabled persons’ associations and peak AT bodies, internationally with the ISO product standards for AT, and globally with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Co-Operation on AT Initiative. She is clinical advisor to Motivation Australia, Polio Australia, and is a member of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals. Natasha contributes to the World Health Organisations's Familiy of International Classifications development work through membership of the Australian Collaborating Centre's Functioning and Disability Reference Group. Natasha is current President of ARATA ( and Independent Chair of the National Assistive Technology Alliance.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Assistive Technology use in the Pacific region: Opportunity exists to formulate research questions which utilise the extensive data sets on disability and participation  collected by Motivation Australia in the Pacific region and Australian indigenous communities

Lived experience of disability and participatio in the Polio community : Australia has  small but significant populations of individuals living 1) with the effects of childhood polio; 2)with the late effects of the poliomyelitis virus and 3) with recent polio sustained in countries other than Australia. Opportunity exists to construct research questions which utilise  data and community networks of polio survivors, in partnership with Polio Australia

Fields of Research

  • Public Health And Health Services - 111700

Teaching areas

Public and Environmental Health;Aged care;Social Psychology;Allied Health Design;Public Good Design;Strategic & Transformative Design: Service Design and Socio-Technical Systems;Health research design


  • 2013, National, Sylvia Docker Lectureship and Award for Professional Excellence, Occupational Therapy Australia
  • 2011, National, Yungaburra Foundation Award for Leadership in Disability, Yungaburra Foundation
  • 2008, National, ARATA Industry Award, ARATA
  • 2006, National, Occupational Therapy Australia National Award, Occupational Therapy Australia


Also published as: Layton, Natasha; Layton, N.; Layton, N. A.; Layton, Natasha A.; Layton, Natasha Ann
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Evaluation of Assistive Technology (AT) CHAT Australia *; Independent Living Centre WA Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator