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PhD commenced: February 2020 (part-time)

Supervisors: Professor Guy Maddern and Dr Marcus Wagstaff

Thesis title: Hypertrophic scar measures relationship to transepidermal water loss, and the effect of generic moisturisers on transepidermal water loss model

Tanja has worked as the Burns Occupational Therapist at the Adult Burns Unit for South Australia at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 2003. In the latter half of that time her job description has increasingly added work in hand therapy. She has been actively involved in ANZBA (Australian & New Zealand Burns Association), is a member of the ABA (American Burns Association) and an Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA).

Tanja has presented numerous times at ANZBA conferences and in 2019 at the European, American and Asia Pacific Burn conferences. Each year she presents Burns Therapy workshops to Occupational Therapy students at the University of South Australia and Flinders University.

In 2019 she graduated with a Masters of Clinical Science from The University of Adelaide after completing a systematic review on the effect of moisturisers on scars. In 2020 she received Burn Therapist Certification with the American Burn Association.

Tanja’s research focus is the effect of generic moisturiser on scars, in particular the effect on transepidermal water loss and hydration.

2019: MClinSc, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia

1999: BAppSc(OT), University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

1993: BSc, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia



Burn Therapist Certification (American Burn Association, 2020-2025)


Professional Associations

  • Registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency)
  • Australia New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA) Member since October 2003.
  • Member of American Burns Association since 2008.
  • Member of JBI Expert & Corresponding Reference Group for the Burns Node.
  • Australian Hand Therapy Association, associate member