Position/s

Senior Lecturer
Disability and Community Inclusion

Biography

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.

Qualifications

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)

Honours, awards and grants

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

Key responsibilities

Chair, Credit Committee, Bachelor of Disability & Developmental Education, School of Health Science

Teaching interests

  • Epilepsy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Physical and Multiple Disabilities

Topic Coordinator:

  • DSRS1211  Introduction to Neurological Rehabilitation
  • DSRS4103  Community Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury
  • DSRS4112  Sensory, Physical and Multiple Disabilities
  • DSRS9051  Rehabilitation and Learning following Brain Injury
  • EDSP9008  Management of Physical and Multiple Disabilities

Topic Lecturer:

  • DSRS1211  Introduction to Neurological Rehabilitation
  • DSRS4103  Community Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury
  • DSRS4112  Sensory, Physical and Multiple Disabilities
  • DSRS9008  Management of Physical and Multiple Disabilities
  • DSRS9051  Rehabilitaiton and Learning following Brain Injury

Research expertise

  • Disability

Research interests

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.

Supervisory interests

  • Brain injury
  • Disability rehabilitation
  • Disability support workers
  • Disability, qualitative research
  • Epilepsy

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Acquired Brain Injury and Challenging Behaviours (1) ; Collaborative Services following Traumatic Brain Injury (1) ; Return to school following acquired brain injury (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Online social networking for people with Intellectual Disability (1) ; Service Quality and Innovation in Community Access Services for people with disabilities (1) ; Resilience in family caregivers following acquired brain injury (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Family Caregivers & Acquired Brain Injury (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Acquired Brain Injury, Resilience and Executive Functioning (1) ; A qualitative study of long-term disability suport workers in accommodation services for people with intellectual disabilities (1) ;

Publications

  • Bellon, M.L., Crocker, R., Sando, S. and Farnden, J. (2015). Evaluating outcomes of a peer support network for families following acquired brain injury. International Neuropsychological Society/Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment 5th Pacific Rim Conference. Sydney. Jul 2015.
  • Bellon, M.L., Panelli, R. and Rillotta, F. (2014). Experiences and needs of people bereaved by epilepsy: results from an online Australian survey. 10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress (AOEC) Singapore. Aug 2014.
  • Kooi, A., Scholten, I. and Bellon, M.L. (2013). Speech Language pathologists' practice of client-centred care in rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. Speech Pathology Australia National Concerence. Broadbeach, Queensland. Jun 2013.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2013). "It's not just me: Experiences and needs of families living with ABI in South Australia." South Australian Rehabilitation Research Forum. Glenelg, Adelaide. Mar 2013.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2013). Experiences and needs of families living with Acquired Brain Injury in South Australia: Results from Families4Families Stage 1 Research. In ASSBI. Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment: Brain Impairment Conference. 36th Annual Brain Impairment Conference. Hobart, Tasmania. May 2013, pp. 50-50.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2013). Experiences and needs of families living with acquired brain injury in South Australia: Stage 1 Research. Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment Conference. Hobart, Tasmania. May 2013.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2012). Living with posttraumatic epilepsy. International Epilepsy and Society Symposium. Manilla, Philippines. Mar 2012.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2012). Living with posttraumatic epilepsy. 9th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Congress, Epilepsy and Society Symposium. Manilla, Philippines. Mar 2012.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2012). It's not just me: Experiences and needs of families living with ABI in South Australia. SA Rehabilitation Research Forum. Glenelg, Adelaide. Mar 2013.
  • Bellon, M.L. and Farnden, J. (2011). Families4Families: ABI support network. Novita Acquired Brain Injury Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Nov 2011.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2011). Families4Families: ABI Support Network. Novita Acquired Brain Injury Conference. Adelaide. Nov 2011.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2010). Practical ways to live with memory difficulties. 8th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Congress, Epilepsy and Society Symposium. Melbourne, Australia. Oct 2010.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2010). Practical ways to live with memory difficulties. 8th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Congress, Epilepsy and Society Symposium. Melbourne, Australia. Oct 2010.
  • Bellon, M.L. and Riley, R. (2008). Strengthening Communities: construction and evaluation of a mentoring program for adults with traumatic brain injury. 2nd International Conference on Alcohol & Other Drug Related Brain Injury & BIA National Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Sep 2008.
  • Bellon, M.L., Gardner, J. and Riley, R. (2008). Strengthening communities: a mentoring program for people with acquired brain injury. 11th European Conference on Epilepsy and Society. Marseille, France. Oct 2008.
  • Bellon, M.L. and Needs, G. (2008). Walk thru walls: drama therapy for adults with acquired brain injury. 2nd International Conference on Alcohol & Other Drug Related Brain Injury & BIA National Conference. Melbourne, Adelaide. Sep 2008.
  • Bellon, M.L. and Gardner, J. (2006). Strengthening Communities: construction and evaluation of a mentoring program for adults with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury Australia Conferene "Insights & Solutions" Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Jun 2006.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2006). Management of at-risk behaviour. Brain Injury Australia National Conference. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. May 2006.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2004). Management of posttraumatic epilepsy in people with brain injury: a psychoeducational perspective [abstract] In Brain impairment. Bowden Hills, QLD: Australian Academic Press Pty Ltd. ASSBI/INS annual meeting, pp. 172-172.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2011). The Psychosocial effects of Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) The Epilepsy Report, 2 pp. 4-6.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2008). Joy Higgs et al, 'Communicating in the health and social sciences' (book review) Health Sociology Review, 17(1) pp. 112-113.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2007). Relaxation techniques for people with epilepsy: some benefits and cautions. The Epilepsy Report, 1 pp. 19-21.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2007). Epilepsy and Memory. The Epilepsy Report, 2 pp. 6-8.
  • Bellon, M.L. and Thimm, A. (2013). Epilepsy Management in the Disability Sector: A review of the literature. Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
  • Bellon, M.L. and Pfeiffer, W. (2013). Epilepsy Management in the Disability Sector: Survey Analysis. Australian Government Department of Families, Housing,Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
  • Bellon, M.L. (2012). Experiences and needs of families living with acquired brain injury in South Australia: Stage 1 Research Report.
  • Bellon, M.L. (2008). Strengthening Communities: A Mentoring Program for Adults with Acquired Brain Injury. Community Re-entry Program Research Report, pp. 1-35.
    [Web Link]
  • Bellon, M.L., Panelli, R.J. and Rillotta, F. (2015). Epilepsy-related deaths: an Australian survey of the experiences and needs of people bereaved by epilepsy. SEIZURE-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPILEPSY, 29(July 2015) pp. 162-168.
    [10.1016/j.seizure.2015.05.007]
  • Fisher, A.C., Lennon, S.M., Bellon, M.L. and Lawn, S.J. (2015). Family involvement in behaviour management following acquired brain injury (ABI) in community settings: A systematic review. Brain Injury,
    [10.3109/02699052.2015.1004751]
  • Bellon, M.L., Pfeiffer, W. and Maurici, V. (2014). Choice and control: How involved are people with epilepsy and their families in the management of their epilepsy? Results from an Australian survey in the disability sector. Epilepsy and Behavior, 37 pp. 227-232.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2014.07.011]
  • Bellon, M.L., Walker, C. and Peterson, C. (2013). Seizure-Related Injuries and Hospitalisations: Self-report data from the 2010 Australian Epilepsy Longitudinal Survey. Epilepsy and Behavior, 26(1) pp. 7-10.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.10.019] [Scopus]
  • Bellon, M.L., Walker, C., Peterson, C. and Cookson, P. (2013). The 'E' word: Epilepsy and perceptions of unfair treatment from the 2010 Australian Epilepsy Longitudinal Survey. Epilepsy and Behavior, 27(1) pp. 251-256.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2013.01.016] [Scopus]
  • Bellon, M.L. and Rees, R.J. (2009). Improving the management of posttraumatic epilepsy following brain injury: a psychoeducational program. International Journal of Disability, Community and Rehabilitation, 8(1)
    [Web Link]
  • Rees, R.J. and Bellon, M.L. (2007). Post concussion syndrome ebb and flow: longitudinal effects and management. Neurorehabilitation, 22(3) pp. 229-242.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Bellon, M.L. and Rees, R.J. (2006). The effect of context on communication: a study of the language and communication skills of adults with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 20(10) pp. 1069-1078.
    [10.1080/02699050600909813] [Scopus]
  • Rees, R.J. and Bellon, M.L. (2002). The acquisition of communication skills by people with brain injury: some comparisons with children wih autism. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 49(2) pp. 175-189.
    [10.1080/103491220141758]
  • Bellon, M.L., Panelli, R.J. and Rillotta, F. (2015). Epilepsy-related deaths: an Australian survey of the experiences and needs of people bereaved by epilepsy. SEIZURE-EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPILEPSY, 29(July 2015) pp. 162-168.
    [10.1016/j.seizure.2015.05.007]
  • Fisher, A.C., Lennon, S.M., Bellon, M.L. and Lawn, S.J. (2015). Family involvement in behaviour management following acquired brain injury (ABI) in community settings: A systematic review. Brain Injury,
    [10.3109/02699052.2015.1004751]
  • Bellon, M.L., Pfeiffer, W. and Maurici, V. (2014). Choice and control: How involved are people with epilepsy and their families in the management of their epilepsy? Results from an Australian survey in the disability sector. Epilepsy and Behavior, 37 pp. 227-232.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2014.07.011]
  • Bellon, M.L., Walker, C. and Peterson, C. (2013). Seizure-Related Injuries and Hospitalisations: Self-report data from the 2010 Australian Epilepsy Longitudinal Survey. Epilepsy and Behavior, 26(1) pp. 7-10.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.10.019] [Scopus]
  • Bellon, M.L., Walker, C., Peterson, C. and Cookson, P. (2013). The 'E' word: Epilepsy and perceptions of unfair treatment from the 2010 Australian Epilepsy Longitudinal Survey. Epilepsy and Behavior, 27(1) pp. 251-256.
    [10.1016/j.yebeh.2013.01.016] [Scopus]
  • Bellon, M.L. and Rees, R.J. (2009). Improving the management of posttraumatic epilepsy following brain injury: a psychoeducational program. International Journal of Disability, Community and Rehabilitation, 8(1)
    [Web Link]
  • Rees, R.J. and Bellon, M.L. (2007). Post concussion syndrome ebb and flow: longitudinal effects and management. Neurorehabilitation, 22(3) pp. 229-242.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Bellon, M.L. and Rees, R.J. (2006). The effect of context on communication: a study of the language and communication skills of adults with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 20(10) pp. 1069-1078.
    [10.1080/02699050600909813] [Scopus]
  • Rees, R.J. and Bellon, M.L. (2002). The acquisition of communication skills by people with brain injury: some comparisons with children wih autism. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 49(2) pp. 175-189.
    [10.1080/103491220141758]
  • Bellon, M.L. (2011). The Psychosocial effects of Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) The Epilepsy Report, 2 pp. 4-6.

Professional and community engagement

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.

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Disability

Interests

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders: psychosocial issues
  • Acquired brain injury: community integration and learning

Contact

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Location: Sturt South Wing (S273)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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