Occupational Therapy - Concord
In 2015, occupational therapists at Concord Hospital were involved in research in the clinical areas of lymphoedema and burns management, some of which will be ongoing into 2016.
Jane Maher is the chief investigator on a research project titled 'Changes in bioimpedance values throughout the course of treatment for Breast Cancer'. This project is being completed in collaboration with Breast CNCs at Concord Hospital. Patients are monitored throughout the course of their cancer treatment and information collected regarding which patients develop lymphoedema. The aim of the project is to identify risk factors and detect early signs of lymphoedema, so that patients at risk can be identified early and receive appropriate education and management. Early detection and patient education is recognised as best practice in the management of lymphoedema.
In 2015, Clare Batkin and Michelle McSweeney presented research regarding the use of ready-to-wear pressure garments for burns scar management at Concord Hospital. The research compared ready-to-wear garments with custom made garments in terms of cost, time and effectiveness. Results of the research project showed that while ready-to-wear garments were not appropriate for all patients, when they were able to be used, time and cost savings were significant (cost saving of up to 80% and less appointments required) with no compromise to patient outcomes. Clare Batkin presented this research as an oral presentation at the Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference (July 2015), Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress (September 2015) and SLHD Allied Health Research Forum (December 2015).
Occupational therapists in hand therapy have been involved in data collection for research involving the conservative management of mallet finger injuries. Therapists working in orthopaedics have also been involved in the clinical redesign project regarding a reconditioning program for patients requiring Restricted Weight Bearing following an orthopaedic injury/surgery.
Clare Batkin has presented her work on ready-to-wear garments to manage burn scaring at International, National and District conferences.
Publications and Presentations
International Conference Presentations:
Batkin C, McSweeney M, Maitz P: Ready-to-wear garments for burns scar management: Cheaper, quicker, but are we compromising patient outcomes? Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress 2015 (oral presentation).
National Conference Presentations:
Batkin C, McSweeney M, Maitz P: The increased use of ready-to-wear garments in burns scar management: A change to occupational therapy practice with cost and time savings. National Occupational Therapy Conference 2015 (oral presentation).
State/District Conference Presentations:
Batkin C, McSweeney M, Maitz P: The use of ready-to-wear garments in burns scar management: A change to occupational therapy practice with cost and time savings. SLHD Allied Health Research Forum (oral presentation).
||YEARS total $$
|Stroke Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Fund
||Attendance at Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress in Rotorua, NZ
Contact details for department
Head of Department: Ms Susan Gollan
Department/Unit: Occupational Therapy - Concord
Telephone: (02) 9767 6270
Facsimile: (02) 9767 6991