We took five to spend with a couple of our MITrial participants to ask them five quick questions about their involvement in the study. Here are their responses – we used their ‘stage names’ to tell you what they said:
I enjoy the blocks! I don’t like the measuring. I wish there was McDonalds’ food. I notice the room is yellow on the main wall. I would change not having markings drawn on my arm.
I enjoy the grip strength. I don’t like the measurements, they are a bit boring. I notice the big jigsaw puzzle on the wall….it is like a 1000 pieces. I would change it to more fun things instead of measurement. I wish the assessment was shorter.
Staffing change in WA
It has been a time of change in Perth with our dedicated research assistant Belinda McLean leaving us for the exciting journey of motherhood. Belinda is pictured (front) with Sherilyn Nolan who is taking on the role of research assistant.
We can report that since taking this photo that Belinda has welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Riley, into the world and that they are both well. We thank Belinda for her care and concern of our participants and wish her all the best with the new addition to her family.
Christmas in July
On the 17th of July, the WA team celebrated ‘Christmas in July’. It was a great opportunity to welcome new staff, farewell staff moving on, to catch up with Christine Imms (Chief Investigator visiting from ACU in Melbourne), eat a lovely meal and fuss over Belinda (our outgoing RA) and Scott’s (Belinda’s husband) beautiful baby girl. We were thankful for time together and look forward to our continued work together.
Simon Garbellini, Senior Occupational Therapist, is completing his doctoral studies (PhD) within the orthosis study. Congratulations to Simon for receiving a Telethon, Child and Adolescent Health Research scholarship, and completing his first publication! Simon’s PhD focusses on developing wrist and hand classification. This will assist therapists to identify the wrist and hand muscles causing imbalance and guide the most appropriate splint to use.
We observe Kate’s wrist and hand movement in action to see what muscles are causing imbalance in Kate’s movement. This information may be used to assist in deciding what hand splint would be most appropriate for Kate. It is the Telethon scholarship that provides Simon the opportunity to add to the research in this area.
We’re pleased to announce that we now have 133 participants in the trials!