Health Sciences

What's new in the School of Allied Health

Cerebral Palsy Research

Professor Christine Imms, Head of School of Allied Health has been awarded the Occupational Therapy National Research Award (July 2015) for her contribution to research in the area of cerebral palsy. The award particularly noted the NHMRC funded project: Best service at the best time: Improving allied health professionals research implementation behaviours.

National Social Work Symposium

At a recent National Social Work Symposium - Child Abuse and Social Work Practice: Learning from the Royal Commission, Professor Robert Bland (Discipline Lead for Social Work at ACU) chaired a national Round Table for the Salvation Army on the topic “Why did abuse happen in the Salvation Army institutions?”. This brought together child welfare experts, leaders in The Salvation Army, and representatives of survivor advocacy groups, to discuss the reasons for abuse. Robert’s report for The Salvation Army has been circulated internationally and will shape the work of Salvation Army in their various territories throughout the world.

Ian Potter Foundation Grant

Dr Sarah Wilkes-Gillan has recently been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Ian Potter Foundation with ACU and Curtin University also providing financial contributions to the research. She will undertake the research with Associate Professor Reinie Cordier (Curtin University). The research will involve a multi-site RCT of a school-based intervention to improve the social and communication skills of children with autism and their classmates.

Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference 

Dr Elspeth Froude was formally acknowledged at the Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference in July for her services as Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal for the past seven years. During the time that Elspeth was at the helm, the journal achieved its first Impact Factor rating and moved from a Q3 to a Q1 journal. We are proud of Elspeth for this significant achievement.