Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan

Cancer in Medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases and mental and behavioural disorders are the leading causes of premature death and disability in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2014a).

Our programs of research focus on these prioritised action areas for the Australian population, and include development and evaluation of interventions for individuals recovering from trauma, major surgery, critical illness and mental health impairments; conservative management strategies for individuals with musculoskeletal dysfunction and sports injuries and for those with hearing impairments receiving cochlear implants and with speech and language disorders.

Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
A clinical test of dark adaptation for age-related macular degeneration Dr Michael Pianta Optometry and Vision Sciences
A cluster randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of silicone foam interface dressings in the prevention of facility acquired pressure injuries in the aged care sector (National) Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
A prospective randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of the Mepilex border interface dressings in preventing operating room derived pressure injuries (USA) Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
A randomised controlled trial of the prevention of medical device related pressure injuries in critically ill ICU patients Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The ABC-Foot Survey: Assessment of Beliefs and Clinical practice for Foot Osteoarthritis Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Acute Cardiorespiratory Rehabilitation Linda Denehy
Physiotherapy
Influence of athletic footwear on lower limb biomechanics of pubertal girls Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Benefits of home-based rehabilitation in lung cancer Professor Linda Denehy Nursing
Bilateral and Binaural Hearing Karyn Galvin
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Black Saturday Post-Traumatic Roadshow Associate Professer Louise Harms Social Work
Broader Outcomes, Learning and Communication in Children Julia Sarant
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Bushfires, Social Connectedness and Mental Health Associate Professer Louise Harms Social Work
Cancer Nursing Research Professor Mei Krishnasamay
Nursing
Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery Professor Angela Morgan Audiology and Speech Pathology
Centre of Research Excellence – Newborn Medicine Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Children Alicia Spittle
Physiotherapy
Cochlear implants in adults and children Richard Dowell
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Collaboration for Improving Children’s Lives in the 21st Century: Rights focused, evidence based, impact driven Associate Professer Louise Harms Social Work
Communication in Dementia Professor Angela Morgan | Associate Professor Adam Vogel Audiology and Speech Pathology
Communication skills: Consumer led training modules for cancer health care workers Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Impact of Cane Use in people with medial knee osteoArthritis (CUBA) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Defining unmet needs of haematology survivors: An exploratory study to inform intervention development Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Development of a tailored supportive care intervention for women living with advanced breast cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Development of an online education resource to improve nursing care of older people with cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Developmental Stuttering Elaina Kefalianos Audiology and Speech Pathology
Early detection and intervention for infants at high risk of motor impairments Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Effective strength training for walking in neurological rehabilitation Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley Physiotherapy
Evaluation of Victorian Safewards trial Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Exercise oncology Professor Linda Denehy
Physiotherapy
Arthroscopic Surgery for Hip Impingement versus Best CoNservative Care (FASHIoN) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Treatment of Foot Pain and Osteoarthritis Study Physiotherapy
Functional electrical stimulation assisted cycling (eStimCycle):A novel intervention to improve outcomes in the critically ill Physiotherapy
Having the conversation: Embedding advanced care planning (ACP) into the care of older patients having major cancer surgery Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Heart health in people with long-term mental health problems Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Internet-based pain coping skills training and exercise for people with persistent hip pain (HOPE) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Identification and Management of Hearing Disorders Associate Professor Gary Rance
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Identification and Management of Vestibular Disorders Jessica Vitkovic
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Internet-based Hip Osteoarthritis Pain Exacerbation Study (iHOAP) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Internet-mediated physiotherapy and pain coping skills training for people with persistent knee pain (IMPACT) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Improving mobility after traumatic brain injury with ballistic strength training Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley Physiotherapy
Improving outcomes in lung cancer: implementation of physical activity guidelines Professor Linda Denehy
Physiotherapy
LatErAl hiP pain Study (LEAP) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley Physiotherapy
M-Health: Efficacy and Cost-effectiveness of a smartphone App to reduce unmet needs and distress in people with cancer (ACE): a randomized controlled trial Professor Meiner Krishnasamy Nursing
Maligant wounds: Establishing a platform of knowledge for future practice oriented research Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Mental Health Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton
Nursing
Adherence to home exercises in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (MORE study) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Motor trajectories of children born <30 weeks’ gestation from birth to 5 years: early predictors and functional outcome Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Multidisciplinary care for women with metastatic breast cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation Professor Kim Bennell
Physiotherapy
Neurological rehabilitation Jenny McGinley
Physiotherapy
Neuroscience of Speech Professor Angela Morgan | Associate Professor Adam Vogel
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Ocular Epidemiology Unit Associate Professor Robyn Tapp
Optometry and Vision Sciences
PanSupport - development of an experience based co-design, supportive care app with and for people affected by pancreatic cancer
Patient AdhereNce To Home Exercise pRograms (PANTHER) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Optimising primary care management of knee osteoarthritis (PARTNER) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Patterns & Trends: Vietnamese Alcohol Survey Nursing
Predicting language skills from early auditory speech discrimination in infants with hearing loss Associate Professor Gary Rance Audiology and Speech Pathology
Pressure injury prevention in aged care Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
Prevalence of operating room developed pressure injuries Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
Prevention and Recovery Care Services (PARCS) Evaluation Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Prevention, Identification and Management of Vision Disorders
Program Theory & Logic and the Monitoring & Evaluation Framework for Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Promoting excellent cancer pain management at a comprehensive cancer centre in Victoria, Australia. Introduction and evaluation of a pain nurse consultant Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
RCT of RT for low risk luminal A breast cancer Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Reconceptualising and supporting disaster recovery as growth Professor Louise Harms Social Work
Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan
Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint in Mental Health Care Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Platelet-Rich plasma as a symptom- and disEaSe-modifying Treatment fOR knee ostEoarthritis (RESTORE) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Self-treatment of chronic wounds Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
Modified SHoes for osteoARthritis of the Knee (SHARK) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Skin Integrity and Wound Care Professor Nick Santamaria
Nursing
Speech and swallowing in Movement Disorders Associate Professor Adam Vogel Audiology and Speech Pathology
Speech as a marker of brain function Associate Professor Adam Vogel Audiology and Speech Pathology
Exercise for knee osteoarthritis targeting high risk physical characteristics (TARGET) Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Telephone-delivered support and advice for people with knee osteoarthritis (TELECARE) Professor Rana Hinman Physiotherapy
The cost-effectiveness of silicone dressings in the prevention of pressure injuries in aged care Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The development of a nurse-sensitive, cancer care complexity index Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
The developmental trajectory of lower limb lymphoedema following gynaecological cancer surgery Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The diagnostic accuracy of high frequency ultrasound in patients with lower limb lymphoedema Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The effect of cochlear implants on cognitive decline in ageing Australians Dr Julia Sarant Audiology and Speech Pathology
The emotional and social burden of caring for a young child with complex health needs Professor Louise Harms Social Work
The feasibility of smart-phones in the early detection of cerebral palsy Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
The Women's Wellness after Cancer Program: A National Multisite Randomised Clinical Trial of an E-Health Enabled Lifestyle Modification Intervention to Improve the Health and Wellness of Women after Cancer Treatment Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
TIGER home based rehab for advanced lung cancer: RCT Professor Linda Denehy Physiotherapy
Trauma Recovery and Resilience Research Program Lou Harms
Social Work
Understanding visual processing in aging and development
Web-based preventive care intervention for preterm infants and their families – e-prem trial Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy