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Current Research by AHTA Members

Research projects currently being undertaken by members

AHTA Member

Co-Researchers

Title of Project

Aim of Project

Institution

Part of higher degree by research?

Sara Brito

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

Outcomes following traumatic brachial plexus injury: Impacts on client’s

Report on the biopsychosocial outcomes of individuals with traumatic brachial plexus injuries in an Australian sample

Monash University; Re-Wired Hand Therapy

Yes - PhD

Tracey Clark

Kylie Flynn, Katrina de Carvalho, Gretel Evans

Metacarpal fracture: buddy strapping versus orthosis

 

Physiotherapy Department, Westmead hospital

No

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

No

Rebecca Kilty & Sarah Baxter

 

Advances in hand therapy: best practice in conservative management of proximal phalanx fractures in children

To investigate the effect of reducing splinting time for children aged 5-16 years who present as clinically healed at 3 weeks post proximal phalanx fracture. This study aims to determine whether we can reduce overall treatment time for children who have sustained a proximal phalanx fracture

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

No

Tanja Klotz

Zachary Munn, Edoardo Aromataris, John Greenwood

Effect of moisturisers on scars: A systematic review

Provide a summary of recommendations that are clinically relevant to clinicians regarding the effectiveness of different types of moisturisers on different types of scars, the ideal properties of the moisturisers, and/or specific ingredients that a moisturiser has in order to have a positive (or negative) effect on scar outcome

Joanna Briggs Institute, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Yes - Masters of Clinical Science, University of Adelaide

Jessica Mirabile

Cathy Thomas, Taryn Post, Dr Janet Richmond

Efficacy of two splint treatment protocols of tendinous mallet finger injuries

To look at the efficacy of the treatment options for treating tendinous mallet finger injuries. More specifically we are hoping to identify whether the use of a dorsal block for the proximal interphalangeal joint in addition to extension at the distal interphalangeal joint can improve outcomes for our patients.

Specialised Hand Therapy Services; statistical analysis being conducted at Edith Cowan University

No

Lisa O'Brien

Dr Chao Chen

Improving the design and delivery of 3D printed hand prosthetic devices

 

Monash University

no

Luke Robinson

Lisa O'Brien,

Quantifying and comparing burden of hand injuries

 

Occupational Therapy - The Alfred Hospital

Yes - PhD

Luke Robinson

Lisa O’Brien

Workplace, family, and social participation following acute hand injury

 

The Alfred, Monash University

Yes - PhD

Susan Peters &

Bhavana Jha

Mark Ross, Phillip Duke.

Isometric shoulder abduction strength in Australian adults

To validate a method of measuring shoulder strength.

To obtain normative data for shoulder strength in Australian adults.

To identify which factors influence shoulder strength.

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute

 

 

No

Susan Peters & Bhavana Jha

Mark Ross, Greg Couzens, Libby Anderson

Outcome measures for wrist instability.

To identify the most commonly used outcome measures for wrist instability.

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

To develop a valid and responsive wrist instability measure.

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute

 

 

No

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 interventions following surgery for flexor tendon injuries of the hand.

Harvard University School of Public Health

Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service

No

Susan Peters & Bhavana Jha

Matthew Page, Nicola Massey-Wesstrop, Denise O’Connor, Teemu Karjalainen

Splinting for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Cochrane Systematic Review

To establish the effectiveness of splinting for conservative management of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Harvard University School of Public Health

Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service

No

Susan Peters

Mark Ross, Gregory Couzens

Randomized controlled trial of conservative management of CMC joint arthritis (ACTRN12614000671662)

 

To establish the effectiveness of splinting (Push Brace), ultrasound guided corticosteroid injection and hand therapy in the conservative management of CMCJ OA.

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute

No

Susan Peters

Lieszel Plumbe Melo, Mark Ross, Greg Couzens

Laterality following carpal tunnel release

To examine changes in laterality pre-post CTR.

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute

 

University of Queensland

No

Susan Peters

Glorian Sorensen (PI)

Organizational intervention to improve health, safety and wellbeing in low-wage food service industry

To develop and pilot an organizational intervention to improve wellbeing, turnover intention, safety and MSK pain and injury in food service workers.

Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing

No

Susan Peters

Jack Dennerlein (PI)

Integrated health promotion and health protection intervention to improve health and safety in fissured workplaces in the construction industry

To develop, pilot and test using a randomized trails an organizational intervention to improve safety climate, MSK pain and injury, and healthy behaviors in subcontractors in the construction industry.

Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing

 

Northeastern University

No

Susan Peters

Erika Sabbath (PI)

Measuring return-to-work using administrative data

Conceptualize a framework for measuring RTW and work absence using administrative data from the Boston Hospital Workers’ Health Study; and to operationalize and validate the measurement of RTW and work absence.

Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing

 

No

Susan Peters

Glorian Sorensen, Erika Sabbath, Gregory Wagner, Maria Lopez Gomez

Development of a measure of Work-related Wellbeing

To develop and test a measure or work-related wellbeing

Harvard Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing

 

No

Germaine Sim

Celeste Glasgow, Jennifer Fleming

The efficacy of static progressive versus dynamic splinting in the management of post traumatic elbow stiffness

To establish the efficacy of static progressive versus dynamic splinting in improving outcomes in post-traumatic elbows

University of Queensland; EKCO Hand Therapy

Yes - Masters of Philosophy

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

Compare the driving performance of individuals who are recovering from a wrist fracture with healthy controls.

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.

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

Yes - Masters by  Research, Sydney University