Disability and Community Inclusion
Michelle Bellon joined the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit at Flinders University as a Lecturer in 2004. She began her career working as a Developmental Educaor providing education, community integration and counselling support to adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) within community-based and private consultancy services. Her research, professional involvement and teaching combine interests in epilepsy, acquired brain injury and family/care-giver supports. She has held a range of management roles including President of the Epilepsy Association of SA and NT, Director of Epilepsy Australia, and Board member of the Community Re-entry Program.
PhD Flinders University (2005)
Management of posttraumatic epilepsy in people with acquired brain injury: a psycoeducational perspective.
Honours Degree - Flinders University (2000)
An examination of the effects of changing contexts on the language and communicaiton of people with acquired brain injury.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) - Flinders University (1998)
2015 Flinders University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Seeding Grant: $13,500
Experience of disability-related stigma in african communities in South Australia. Crocker, Mwanri, Carey, & Bellon.
2014-2015 Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund Research Grant: $100,000
Building sustainable capacity in Families4Families Inc: a peer support network for families following acquired brain injury. Bellon, Crocker, Farnden.
2012-2014 Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund Research Grant: $162,502.
Families4Families: Exploring the experiences and needs of families following acquried brain injury in South Australia. Bellon, Crocker, Farnden.
2014 Flinders University Overseas Conference Fund: $1,350
2007-2008 Community Benefit SA, Government of SA: $10,900
Strengthening communities: Construction and evaluation of a mentoring program for adults with acquired brain injury. Bellon, Gardner.
2010 International Bureau of Epilepsy's Outstanding Person with Epilepsy Award, Australian Winner
2003 Epilepsy Association Research Scholarship, $38,000
Chair, Credit Committee, Bachelor of Disability & Developmental Education, School of Health Science
Michelle is the Principal Investigator of Families4Families: Acquired Brain Injury Support Network. This project is supported by two grants (totalling $260,000) from the Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund (2012-2015), 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
; Return to school following acquired brain injury
: Online social networking for people with Intellectual Disability
; Service Quality and Innovation in Community Access Services for people with disabilities
; Resilience in family caregivers following acquired brain injury
: Family Caregivers & Acquired Brain Injury
: Acquired Brain Injury, Resilience and Executive Functioning
; A qualitative study of long-term disability suport workers in accommodation services for people with intellectual disabilities
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.