As an occupational therapist with 25 years clinical experience Deidre has an indepth understanding of the public health system and the value and importance of clinical research that informs practical patient care. Her clinical and research focus is in palliative care and she has a particular interest in ways to optimise function at the end-of-life. Her PhD, completed in 2012, focused on the embodied experience of functional decline at the end-of-life and patient priorities at this time. It also examined multidisciplinary clinician perspectives about rehabilitation at the end-of-life. In 2013 Deidre moved to Adelaide to take up a research fellow position and project managed the palliative care arm of the 2.5 million dollar NBN telehealth project, funded by the Department of Health. Following this, she held a balanced position in the Occupational Therapy program for 3 years until her move to Palliative and Supportive Services in May 2017. Deidre topic coordinates the post graduate palliative care research topics and clinical management topics. Her current research focuses on allied health interventions to optimise function for people with advanced disease and ways to measure meaningful clinical gains in this area. Deidre is an inuagural member of the Flinders University Research Centre in Palliative Care and Death and Dying. She is also a amember of an international occupational therapy palliative care research collaborative which seeks to devleop an international reserach agenda to evaluate the effectiveness of pallaitive care OT interventions.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Carlton, Victoria (conferred 1985)
Master of Clinical Science (Occupational Therapy), Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia (conferred 2004)
Treatise topic: The lived experience of occupational therapists whist facilitating return to home for their palliative patients (minor thesis)
Doctor of Philosophy (NHMRC scholarship), The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria (conferred July 2012)
Treatise topic: The ordinary becomes extraordinary: The occupation of living whilst dying. http://repository.unimelb.edu.au/10187/13902
Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care,Edith Cowan University, Claremont, Western Australia (conferred 1999)
Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling, Kingsley College, Melbourne, Victoria (conferred 1993)
NHMRC Palliative Care PhD Training Scholarship
Nominated for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne
I teach into the Palliative and Supportive Care. Topics include Independent inquiryfor evidence based practice and palliative clinical management, Clinical management A and B.
My current research explores
Supporting translation of knowledge into clinical practice, the scope and role of allied health in palliative care
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