Disability and Community Inclusion
Michelle Bellon joined the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit at Flinders University as a Lecturer in 2004. Her research, professional involvement and teaching combine interests in epilepsy, acquired brain injury and family/care-giver supports.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) (Honours), PhD
Epilepsy Association Research Scholarship, 2003
International Bureau of Epilepsy's Outstanding Person with Epilepsy Award, Australian Winner 2010
Undergraduate Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Disability & Developmental Education, School of Health Science
Acquired Brain Injury
Physical and Multiple Disabilities
Michelle is the Principal Investigator of Families4Families: Acquired Brain Injury Support Network. This project is supported by a grant from the Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund (2012-2014), and identifies the needs of experiences of families following ABI, as well as measuring the impact of an 18month peer support network on quality of life, mental health and caregiving experiences.
She engages in research relating to epilepsy and seizure disorders with research teams from the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria on the Australian Epilpesy Longitudinal Survey and Epilepsy management in the disability sector (NDIS Practical Development Fund); Reducing epilepsy-related deaths (Epilepsy Australia); and Seizure-related hopsitalisations in children (Epilepsy Association of SA & NT).
Michelle is also a member of the wide research consortium led by the National Instutute of Labour Studies (NILS) who, together with the Social Research Centre, Iview, the Indigenous research and Cultural Partners and other Australian and international disability experts, won the $3million tender, commissioned by the Australian Government, to evaluate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2013-2016.
: Acquired Brain Injury and Challenging Behaviours
; Collaborative Services following Traumatic Brain Injury
: Online social networking for people with Intellectual Disability
; Service Quality and Innovation in Community Access Services for people with disabilities
; 'Long-term' Disability Support Workers
: Family Caregivers & Acquired Brain Injury
: Acquired Brain Injury, Resilience and Executive Functioning
Board member, Community Re-entry Program for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury
Full member, Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI)
Life member, Epilepsy Association of SA & NT (Vice-President 2004-2010; President 2010-2012)
Design and delivery of educational workshops for families, volunteers, staff training and visiting international professionals on brain injury and epilepsy related topics.