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Current Research by AHTA Members

Research projects currently being undertaken by members

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Title Of Project

Aim of Project

Institution

Tracey Clark 

Kylie Flynn, Katrina de Carvalho, Gretel Evans 

Metacarpal fracture: buddy strapping versus orthosis 

 

Physiotherapy Department, Westmead hospital 

Sara Brito

Dr Nikos Thomacos, A/Prof Ted Brown, Ms Bridget Hill

Outcomes of free flap muscle transfer following brachial plexus injury: Impacts on clients’ daily participation

Investigate outcomes following reconstructive surgery

Monash University

Jason  Fairclough

Dr Michael Dowd (lead), Dr Jason Lam, Dr Jason Diab, Dr Steve Wood, Dr Queenie Chan

Efficacy of skin traction and hand based splinting in the mx. of phalangeal fractures

Retrospectively compare the outcomes of skin traction and surgery for phalangeal fractures

NSW Health (Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District), and St John of God (SJOG) Health Care

Lisa O'Brien 

Luke Robinson, Terry Haines, Rachelle Buchbinder

Quantifying and comparing burden of hand injuries 

 

Occupational Therapy - The Alfred Hospital 

Lisa O'Brien 

Alison Hardman, Sharon Goldby, 

The impact of a hand therapy screening and management clinic for patients referred for surgical opinion in an Australian public hospital 

 

The Alfred 

Lisa O'Brien 

Hayley O'Sullivan, Steven Csongvay, Helen Kavnoudias 

Establishing the incidence of carpal instability and functional disability in people 12 -24 months post falls onto an outstretched hand. 

 

The Alfred 

Lisa O’Brien 

Sharon Goldby 

Can splinting and early mobilization in the dart-throwers plane of motion improve functional outcomes and reduce postoperative complications in people after scapho-lunate ligament repairs? 

 

The Alfred 

Lisa O’Brien 

Andy Simm, Ian Loh, Kim Griffiths 

Efficacy of distraction splinting for complex intra-articular finger fractures 

 

The Alfred and Southern Health 

Lisa O'Brien 

Kathy Beckwith, Alison Hardman 

Conservative Management of ulnar impaction 

 

The Alfred 

Lisa O’Brien 

Terry Haines 

Workplace, family, and social participation following acute hand injury 

 

The Alfred, Monash University 

Lisa O'Brien, 

Alison Hardman 

Developing hand therapy skills in Bangladesh: Experiences of Australian volunteers 

 

The Alfred 

Lisa O'Brien 

Lisa Broom 

Outcomes and participant experience of on-line training for Bangladeshi health professionals 

 

Monash University, Mohammad Mosayed Ullah, Bangladesh Health Professions Institute 

Susan Peters & Grace Lam 

Andrew Johnston, Mark Ross, Michael Bourke, Steve McPhail. 

External rotation bracing versus early operative management for first time acute anterior shoulder dislocations: a multi-site randomised clinical trial.? 

Investigate the effectiveness of external rotation bracing versus early surgery for acute anterior shoulder dislocations in young adults

Princess Alexandra Hospital 

 

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute 

Susan Peters 

Mark Ross, Greg Couzens.

Stainless steel versus titanium volar multi-axial locking plates for fixation of distal radius fractures: multicenter randomized clinical trial.???

Examine the effectiveness of titanium versus stainless steel volar plates for managing distal radius fractures

Princess Alexandra Hospital 

 

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute 

Susan Peters &

Bhavana Jha 

Mark Ross, Phillip Duke.

Isometric shoulder abduction strength in Australian adults

  1. To validate a method of measuring shoulder strength.
  2. To obtain normative data for shoulder strength in Australian adults.
  3. To identify which factors influence shoulder strength.

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute 

Susan Peters & Bhavana Jha

Mark Ross, Greg Couzens

Outcome measures for wrist instability.

  1. To identify the most commonly used outcome measures for wrist instability.
  2. To identify the validity and responsiveness to change of outcome measures used to assess progress following treatment for wrist instability.

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute 

Susan Peters & Bhavana Jha

Mark Ross

Rehabilitation following surgery for flexor tendon injuries of the hand:  Cochrane Review

To establish the safety and effectiveness of rehabilitation intervention following surgery for flexor tendon injuries of the hand.

Harvard University School of Public Health

 

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute

Susan Peters

William Shaw; Gregory Wagner

Feasibility of a risk factor based early intervention protocol for reducing (work) disability in working adults in the US

To establish the feasibility of a risk-factor based early intervention protocol for reducing (work) disability in the US occupational medicine setting

Harvard University School of Public Health

 

Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

Susan Peters

Glorian Sorenson; Eve Nagler

Organizational interventions for improving the health and safety of low wage workers: a scoping review

To establish the components and effectiveness of organizational interventions aimed at improving the health, safety and wellbeing of low wage workers

Harvard University Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing

Susie Stinton 

A/Prof Evangelos Pappas, Dr Niamh Moloney, Dr Dale Edgar.

When Can I Drive? Physical factors that predict driving performance following a wrist fracture

  1. Compare the driving performance of individuals who are recovering from a wrist fracture with healthy controls.
  2. Identify components of a clinical wrist and upper limb assessment that can predict the driving performance of individuals who are recovering from a wrist fracture.
  3. Identify time-frames in which individuals recovering from a wrist fracture are safe to return to driving

Sydney West Physiotherapy Services 

University of Sydney – School of Health Sciences 

Marin Suzuki

Lauren Miller, Elaine Leahy

Does a therapist guided information package on how to perform daily activities one­-handed, increase orthosis  wearing adherence after tendon repair?

Identify whether a therapist guided information package on how to perform daily activities one-handed, in addition to usual treatment, increases adherence to fulltime wear of a forearm based thermoplastic orthosis following tendon repair

Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital