Alfred Health’s occupational therapists strive to improve quality of care to overcome factors which impact on an individual’s ability to function in their daily roles.
Occupational therapists enhance evidence-based clinical decision making through increasing research capacity across all clinical areas.
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 initiatives.
Alfred Health Occupational Therapy research is focused across the areas of:
Our research program is led by Associate Professor Natasha Lannin, and working in partnership with our clinician research team, we actively build our international occupational therapy profile through collaborative research. Our Grade 4 Research positions, based at The Alfred (Rebecca Nicks) and Caulfield Hospital (Jacqui Wheatcroft), 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 collaborative partnerships with La Trobe University, The University of Sydney, University of South Australia, Flinders University, Monash University, Australian Catholic University and Deakin University.
In 2016/2017 we secured research funding from internal and external entities/bodies. This included National Health and Medical Research Council, La Trobe University, Department of Health, Transport Accident Commission (via the Institute for Safety, Compensation, Rehabilitation and Recovery), as well as Alfred Research Trust.
During 2016 /2017 our occupational therapy staff disseminated their research outcomes through publication in peer-reviewed journals (n = 30). We also presented n=53 papers at state, national and international conferences including the World Congress for Rehabilitation in Philadelphia, the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Scientific Meeting, and the International Federation for Societies of Hand Therapy Congress. Excitingly, we have n=16 staff undertaking higher degree studies and are extremely proud of the achievements of our staff.
Associate Professor Lannin and colleagues conducted an assessor-blinded RCT to determine the effectiveness of personal digital assistant devices on achievement of memory and organisation goals in 42 patients with poor memory after acquired brain injury.Find out more
Dr Lisa O’Brien and colleagues conducted a multicentre prospective cohort study to compare swing traction versus no-traction management of complex fractures of proximal inter-phalangeal (PIP) finger joints.Find out more
Associate Professor Lannin and colleagues conducted a randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of an environmental reorientation program on time to emergence from PTA in 40 inpatients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).Find out more
Lannin NA, Ada L, Levy T, English C, Ratcliffe J, Sindhusake D, Crotty M
(2018), Pilot Feasibility Stud, 4, 82
Thayabaranathan T, Andrew NE, Kilkenny MF, Stolwyk R, Thrift AG, Grimley R, Johnston T, Sundararajan V, Lannin NA, Cadilhac DA
(2018), Qual Life Res, 27(12), 3145-3155
Wales K, Salkeld G, Clemson L, Lannin NA, Gitlin L, Rubenstein L, Howard K, Howell M, Cameron ID
(2018), Clin Rehabil, 32(7), 919-929