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 Project Leader 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 of Nursing Research, Translational Research 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 of Nursing Research, Translational Research Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
A randomised controlled trial of the prevention of medical device related pressure injuries in critically ill ICU patients Professor of Nursing Research, Translational Research Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The ABC-Foot Survey: Assessment of Beliefs and Clinical practice for Foot Osteoarthritis Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Acute Cardiorespiratory Rehabilitation Professor Linda Denehy
Physiotherapy
Influence of athletic footwear on lower limb biomechanics of pubertal girls Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Bilateral and Binaural Hearing Dr Karyn Galvin
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Black Saturday Post-Traumatic Roadshow Project Leader Associate Professer Louise Harms Social Work
Bushfires, Social Connectedness and Mental Health Project Leader Associate Professer Louise Harms Social Work
Cancer Nursing Research Chair in Cancer Nursing; VCCC Research and Education Lead – Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamy
Nursing
Centre of Research Excellence – Newborn Medicine Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Children Dr Alicia Spittle
Physiotherapy
Chronic Disease and Care across the lifespan Professor of Nursing Research, Translational Research Professor Nick Santamaria
Nursing
Cochlear implantation for children with single-sided deafness or very asymmetrical hearing loss Dr Karyn Galvin Audiology and Speech Pathology
Cochlear implants in adults and children Professor Richard Dowell
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Collaboration for Improving Children’s Lives in the 21st Century: Rights focused, evidence based, impact driven Project Leader Associate Professer Louise Harms Social Work
Communication and Swallowing in Dementia Associate Professor Adam Vogel Audiology and Speech Pathology
Communication skills: Consumer led training modules for cancer health care workers Project Leader Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Impact of Cane Use in people with medial knee osteoArthritis (CUBA) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Defining nurse practitioner sensitive outcomes in a context of multidisciplinary care Chair of Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamy Nursing
Development of a tailored supportive care intervention for women living with advanced breast cancer Project Leader Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Development of an online education resource to improve nursing care of older people with cancer Project Leader Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Developmental Stuttering Dr Elaina Kefalianos Audiology and Speech Pathology
Early detection and intervention for infants at high risk of motor impairments Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Effective strength training for walking in neurological rehabilitation Project Leader Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley Physiotherapy
Engaging young people in early psychosis mental health services CPN Director Assoc. Prof Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Evaluation of Victorian Safewards trial CPN Director Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Exercise oncology Head of Research Group Professor Linda Denehy
Physiotherapy
Arthroscopic Surgery for Hip Impingement versus Best CoNservative Care (FASHIoN) Director 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
Heart health in people with long-term mental health problems Project Leader Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Internet-based pain coping skills training and exercise for people with persistent hip pain (HOPE) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Identification and Management of Vestibular Disorders Dr Jessica Vitkovic
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Internet-based Hip Osteoarthritis Pain Exacerbation Study (iHOAP) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Internet-mediated physiotherapy and pain coping skills training for people with persistent knee pain (IMPACT) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Improving mobility after traumatic brain injury with ballistic strength training Project Leader Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley Physiotherapy
Improving outcomes in lung cancer: implementation of physical activity guidelines Head of Research Group Professor Linda Denehy
Physiotherapy
Innovation in radiation skin Toxicity management for patients with curative head and neck cancer: The INTACT Study Chair of Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamy Nursing
Investigating the benefits of bilateral cochlear implants for children and young adults and developing evidence-based clinical management practices Dr Karyn Galvin Audiology and Speech Pathology
LatErAl hiP pain Study (LEAP) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease Project Leader Associate Professor Jennifer McGinley Physiotherapy
Mental Health Head of Research Group Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton
Nursing
Missed nursing care. An exploration of missed nursing are in cancer contexts Chair of Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamy Nursing
Adherence to home exercises in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (MORE study) Director Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Motor trajectories of children born <30 weeks’ gestation from birth to 5 years: early predictors and functional outcome Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
Multidisciplinary care for women with metastatic breast cancer Project Leader Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation Head of Research Group Professor Kim Bennell
Physiotherapy
Neurological rehabilitation Associate Professor Jenny McGinley
Physiotherapy
Neuroscience of Speech Associate Professor Adam Vogel
Audiology and Speech Pathology
Nurse consultant scope of practice project: Biopsy of chronic skin wounds Nursing
PanSupport - development of an experience based co-design, supportive care app with and for people affected by pancreatic cancer Chair of Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamay Nursing
Patient AdhereNce To Home Exercise pRograms (PANTHER) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Optimising primary care management of knee osteoarthritis (PARTNER) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Phase 4 Evaluation of the Victorian Mental Health Interprofessional Leadership Network Nursing
Pressure injury prevention in aged care Project Leader Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
Prevalence of operating room developed pressure injuries Project Leader Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
Prevention and Recovery Care Services (PARCS) Evaluation Project Leader 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 Project Leader Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Promoting health, wellbeing and health services efficiency through a tailored navigation program for older adults with cancer (PARTNER) Chair of Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamy Nursing
Reconceptualising and supporting disaster recovery as growth Project Leader Professor Louise Harms Social Work
Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint in Mental Health Care Project Leader Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton Nursing
Platelet-Rich plasma as a symptom- and disEaSe-modifying Treatment fOR knee ostEoarthritis (RESTORE) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Self-treatment of chronic wounds: A mixed methods study Nursing
Modified SHoes for osteoARthritis of the Knee (SHARK) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
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) Project Leader Professor Kim Bennell Physiotherapy
Telephone-delivered support and advice for people with knee osteoarthritis (TELECARE) Project Leader Professor Rana Hinman Physiotherapy
The ATTUNE Study: Feasibility of Patient-Reported Outcomes for Lung Cancer Chair of Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamy Nursing
The Border III Aged Care Pressure Injury Prevention Trial Nursing
The cost-effectiveness of silicone dressings in the prevention of pressure injuries in aged care Project Leader Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The development of a nurse-sensitive, cancer care complexity index Project Leader Professor Meinir Krishnasamy Nursing
The developmental trajectory of lower limb lymphoedema following gynaecological cancer surgery Project Leader Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The diagnostic accuracy of high frequency ultrasound in patients with lower limb lymphoedema Project Leader Professor Nick Santamaria Nursing
The direct cost of pressure injuries in the Australian residential aged care setting Nursing
The effect of cochlear implants on cognitive decline in ageing Australians Senior Research Fellow Dr Julia Sarant Audiology and Speech Pathology
The emotional and social burden of caring for a young child with complex health needs Project Leader Professor Louise Harms Social Work
The EXPERT Study. Defining characteristics of cancer nursing expertise Chair of Cancer Nursing Professor Mei Krishnasamy Nursing
The feasibility of smart-phones in the early detection of cerebral palsy Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy
The MicroPUPP Trial Nursing
The National Centre for Infections in Cancer Nursing
The reliability of the Capacity for Self-treatment of Chronic Wounds Scale (CSCWS) Nursing
The Wound ELECT Trial Nursing
TIGER home based rehab for advanced lung cancer: RCT Project Leader Professor Linda Denehy Physiotherapy
Trauma Recovery and Resilience Research Program Professor 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 Project Leader Dr Alicia Spittle Physiotherapy