Alfred Health’s occupational therapists work to better understand how engagement in daily activities (care of self, others, home, work, and community) supports health.
The research activities of the occupational therapy service at Alfred Health focus on development of innovative practice, efficacy of interventions, and the translation of research into practice.
We engage in research to enhance our evidence-based clinical decision making across all clinical areas, with particular focus across the Alfred Health strategic areas of:
Our research program is Chaired by Professor Natasha Lannin and overseen by our manager, Dr Karen Roberts. We work in partnership with our clinician researcher team to actively build our international occupational therapy profile through collaborative research. Central to our achievements are our Research and Quality Leads who are based at The Alfred (Dr Emma Schneider) and Caulfield Hospital (Jacqui Wheatcroft). Together we develop research capability within the department and support clinicians to seek, use and develop best available evidence to support our occupational therapy practices.
Alfred Health Occupational Therapy research is supported by a collaborative partnership with Monash University, as well grant and student supervision partnerships with The University of Sydney, Flinders University, La Trobe University, Australian Catholic University and Deakin University. We continue to support Honours programs and welcome opportunities to collaborate with Universities to support student research projects within our Department.
In addition to the support we receive from Universities, our research is supported by The Alfred Foundation and Alfred Research Trust and externally supported from national competitive schemes, including the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Medical Research Futures Fund, the Heart Foundation of Australia, the Stroke Foundation, and the Transport Accident Commission (Vic).
Our clinician research team publish the findings from their research in peer-reviewed journals, present at National and International conferences, and disseminate their research through online webinars and teaching opportunities.
Some of our research publications can be seen here.
Each year, we support our staff to engage in post-graduate studies, both research and coursework, which enables our team to tackle important questions in occupational therapy, rehabilitation, and life-long engagement. Around 20 of our clinicians are enrolled in higher degrees within our Occupational Therapy Department. Behind every great research student is a comprehensive support network - that’s why Alfred Health Occupational Therapy Department facilitates a post-graduate support group who meet regularly throughout the year.
Alfred Health Occupational Therapy clinician researchers are regularly rewarded and acknowledged for their research outcomes and impact with external awards and prizes.
Some of our past awards have included: