Mellisa Francke

Clinical Educator


Clinical Educator, Division of Occupational Therapy


BSc Occupational Therapy UCT


Mellisa Francke is a Clinical Educator in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Division. She obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy at UCT in 2014. She completed her community service at a district hospital called , Brits District Hospital, in the North West Province. She was employed at the University of Cape Town within the School Development Unit as a Health and Community Coordinator for the Schools Improvement Initiative. She later moved to a clinical role within Primary level care within the Western Cape Department of Health at Bothasig CDC. Here she practiced as a general Occupational Therapist seeing patients with various diagnoses and doing community programmes with seniors. She now practices in the field of Community Development practice focusing on social transformation through occupation, organisational development and health equity.

Areas of Interest

Organisational Development, Community Development and Disability Inclusion and Social Justice

Current Research Projects

Masters in Occupational Therapy: Scoping Review Social Transformation through Occupation



Gretschel, P. Damonse, S and Francke, M (2018) Rethinking approaches to occupational therapy intervention: Learning in and from an under-resourced school in Partnerships in Action: University-School- Community. HSRC Press

Reflections on Transdisciplinary Practice amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Abrahams K, Quevauvilliers M, Van Zyl K, Francke MJ (submitted and accepted 2021) to International journal of practice-based learning in health and social care