Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Research

Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital recognises the value of being involved in research that guides innovative clinical practice. Participation in research is a strategic priority for our hospital and we are involved in several projects that help us to enhance patient outcomes. Patient care is not compromised by the hospital's involvement in research; in fact it drives the continued excellence of our clinical standards. Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital and Ramsay Health Care are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles under the Privacy Act (1988). Please refer to this page for our Privacy Policy.

Some of our projects can be seen below.

 

Establishing a clinical outcome measure database

Outcome measures collected at admission and discharge provide a method of establishing the status of patients and the improvement that occurs during their rehabilitation. This information is important for patients and treating therapists to set overall aims of rehabilitation programs, direct possible treatment options and enable the achievement of patient goals. This database will collect both patient reported and therapist rated outcome measure data at the start and end of each inpatient and day rehabilitation admission across a range of health domains. The outcome measures have been chosen based on known validity, reliability and responsiveness to change in the rehabilitation population. A current research project is underway to determine if the outcome measures included in the data set are responsive to the change seen in patients involved in inpatient and day rehabilitation at Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital.

Unsworth, Carolyn A., Timmer, Amanda J. and Wales, Kylie. "Reliability of the Australian Therapy Outcome Measures for Occupational Therapy (AusTOMs-OT)." Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 65.2 (2018): 376-386.

Schache, Margaret B., McClelland, Jodie A., and Webster, Kate E. "Does the addition of hip strengthening exercises improve outcomes following total knee arthroplasty? A study protocol for a randomised trial." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 17.1 (2016): 259-273.

Schache, Margaret B., McClelland, Jodie A., and Webster, Kate E. "Reliability of measuring hip abductor strength following total knee arthroplasty using a hand-held dynamometer." Disability and Rehabilitation 38.6 (2016): 597-600.

Timmer, Amanda J., Unsworth, Carolyn A., and Taylor, Nicholas F. "Occupational therapy inpatient rehabilitation interventions with deconditioned older adults following an acute hospital admission: A Delphi study." Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 62.1 (2015): 41-49.

Schache, Margaret B., McClelland, Jodie A., and Webster, Kate E. "Lower limb strength following total knee arthroplasty: a systematic review." The Knee 21.1 (2014): 12-20.

Timmer, Amanda J., Unsworth, Carolyn A., and Taylor, Nicholas F. "Rehabilitation interventions with deconditioned older adults following an acute hospital admission: a systematic review." Clinical Rehabilitation 28.11 (2014): 1078-1086.

McHugh, B., Stubenrauch, C. and Timmer, A. 'Take the pressure off - a novel approach to pressure injury prevention in sub-acute care', Victorian/Tasmanian Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, 2018 - long oral presentation.

Condron, C., Stubenrauch, C. and Timmer, A. 'Enhancing the student evaluation process: a framework for consumer inclusion', National Occupational Therapy Conference, Perth, 2017 - long oral presentation.

Stubenrauch, C. and Timmer, A. 'Bridging the gab between students' theoretical knowledge and clinical reasoning during professional practice placements', National Occupational Therapy Conference, Perth, 2017 - long oral presentation.

Timmer, A. and Unsworth, C. 'Activity pacing with deconditioned older adults: defining and articulating an occupation-focused approach to reconditioning in subacute care', National Occupational Therapy Conference, Perth, 2017 - short oral presentation.

Timmer, A. 'Introducing the Australian Therapy Outcome Measures - Occupational Therapy (AusTOMs-OT) into a subacute setting and analysis of the first 6 months data', National Occupational Therapy Conference, Perth, 2017 - poster presentation.

Brown, D. and Timmer, A. 'Where is the occupation in a multidisciplinary back pain program?', Victorian Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, 2016 - poster presentation.

Corn, K., Wang, B., Andrew C., and Dorevitch, M. 'Implementing multidisciplinary intervention for identified risk factors with patients at risk of falling in a private rehabilitation hospital', Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference, Melbourne, 27-29th November 2016 - oral presentation.

Pound, E., White, M. and Timmer, A. 'Computer assisted visual retraining post stroke', National Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, 2015 - oral presentation.

Timmer, A. 'Inpatient rehabilitation with deconditioned older adults: a Delphi study regarding occupational therapy service delivery and interventions', National Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, 2015 - oral presentation.

Timmer, A. 'Reconditioning interventions in a rehabilitation setting: a systematic review', World Federation Occupational Therapy Conference (WFOT), Japan, 2014 - oral presentation.

Bakker, L. ' Can the use of the iPad enhance the home assessment process?', Victorian Occupational Therapy Conference, Melbourne, 2014 - oral presentation.

Jones, L., Blair, M., de Morton, N. 'Is the Lower Extremity Functional Scale an appropriate outcome measure for outpatient rehabilitation patients?', Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Brisbane, 2015 - poster presentation.

Jones, L. 'What is the efficacy of aquatic physiotherapy following THR surgery?', Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Brisbane, 2015 - oral presentation.

Jones, L. 'Is the Lower Extremity Functional Scale *LEFS) an appropriate outcome measure for outpatient rehabilitation patients?', Victorian Allied Health Research Conference, 2014 - poster presentation.

Yee, M. 'Evaluation of fear of falling in the low level inpatient balance group', Victorian Allied Health Research Conference, 2014 - poster presentation.