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Our Vision, Allied Health, WSLHD

Excellence in allied health research for better health in Western Sydney and beyond.

 

What do we investigate in Allied Health Research?

Who we are

Allied health clinicians provide a diverse range of therapeutic and diagnostic health services as part of multidisciplinary teams across different settings within the local health district, and include discipline groups such as physiotherapy, social work, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics, and psychology. The services work directly with people to prevent and/or minimise poor health, and rehabilitate or optimise function.

The WSLHD Allied Health Research Unit, led by Professor Vicki Flood, is committed to the efforts of supporting a culture of research and increasing capacity of allied health professionals to undertake research that will provide better health for people living in western Sydney and beyond. We are working closely with our academic partners to ensure feasible, important and sustainable research activity.

Key priority areas for research include research into: chronic disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment; maternal and child health; ageing; disability and mental health; neurological health; musculoskeletal health; and cancer research; with cross-cutting themes of health literacy, integrated care, and health services research.

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Our People

  • Marie March, Physiotherapist
  • Kristin Bindley, Bereavement Counsellor
  • Reggie Daguio, Speech Pathologist
  • Patricia Webb, Speech Pathologist
  • Eleanor Fairborn, Speech Pathologist
  • Alison Sigmund, Dietitian
  • Sarah Messer, Dietitian

 

Current Research

Psychological health and recovery from knee replacement

Marie March is currently a musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical educator at Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital. She is also undertaking Doctor of Philosophy studies at the University of Sydney examining psychological health and recovery from knee replacement, which has been informed by her clinical experiences as a physiotherapist and involvement in quality improvement projects shaping the knee replacement pathways at BMDH. She received a WSLHD/USYD Kickstarter grant, and a SydMSK Enabling Research Grant for her pilot randomised controlled trial commencing recruitment in 2019. She has developed a novel physiotherapy intervention based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which will be tested in her pilot RCT..

Exploring the carer experience in palliative care

Kristin Bindley is currently a bereavement counselor for Western Sydney Local Health District and the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre. She is based within the multidisciplinary care team at Mt Druitt Hospital within the Palliative Care unit. Coming from a social work background, she has postgraduate training in grief, loss and trauma. In addition, she is also completing a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame based on in-depth exploration of the experiences of bereaved individuals in the western Sydney context, and is looking to engage policy makers and welfare agencies ‘upstream’ to improve delivery of services based on her findings.

The effects of a home-based lingual strength training program using the a portable instrument among head and neck cancer patients

Speech pathologist, Reggie Daguio, was awarded an Allied Health Research Kickstarter grant to investigate the effects of a home-based lingual strength training program using the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument, and is currently testing feasibility of this among head and neck cancer patients.

Exploration of Aboriginal patient engagement in speech pathology services in Western Sydney

Speech pathologist, Patricia Webb, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sydney, has recently been awarded an Allied Health Research Kickstarter grant to explore Aboriginal patient engagement in speech pathology services, and is working very closely with local Aboriginal population to undertake this project, with a view for better service provision.

Integrated oral health care for patients with dysphagia in an acute care setting

Speech pathologist, Eleanor Fairburn, in collaboration with dental health experts, has recently been awarded an Allied Health Researcher Kickstarter grant to investigate oral health case among patients with dysphagia, who are admitted to Blacktown hospital.

The effects of a home-based lingual strength training program using the a portable instrument among head and neck cancer patients

Speech pathologist, Reginald Daguio, was awarded an Allied Health Research Kickstarter grant to investigate the effects of a home-based lingual strength training program using the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument, and is currently testing feasibility of this among head and neck cancer patients.

Exploration of Aboriginal patient engagement in speech pathology services in Western Sydney

Speech pathologist, Patricia Webb, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sydney, has recently been awarded an Allied Health Research Kickstarter grant to explore aboriginal patient engagement in speech pathology services, and is working very closely with local Aboriginal population to undertake this project, with a view for better service provision.

Integrated oral health care for patients with dysphagia in an acute care setting

Speech pathologist, Eleanor Fairburn, in collaboration with dental health experts, has recently been awarded an Allied Health Researcher Kickstarter grant to investigate oral health case among patients with dysphagia, who are admitted to Blacktown hospital.

 

Publications and Reports

Marie March:
March M, Harmer A, Dennis S (2018). Does Psychological Health Influence Hospital Length of Stay Following Total Knee Arthroplasty? A Systematic Review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(12).

 

Kristin Bindley:
Bindley K, May A, Pavlek W, Coller S, Kalkandis P, Dalgliesh T (2018). Navigating the Liminal Space: Trauma, Transition, and Connection in Bereaved Carers’ Experiences of Specialist Palliative Care in Western Sydney. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 14 (2-3).

 

 

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