Dr Michelle Bellon

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South Wing (S273)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Michelle Bellon is a Senior Lecturer in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit, and Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began her career working as a Developmental Educator providing education, community integration and counselling support to adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) within community-based and private consultancy services. Her research, teaching and professional involvement 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. Michelle is currently an Epilepsy Ambasador, and member of the Editorial Board of Brain Impairment.

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

2017-2019 Lifetime Support Authority Research Grant: $155,000. Positive Behaviour Support following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Family-Directed Approach. M Bellon, A Fisher, S Lawn, M Sohlberg, J Douglas.

2015 Flinders University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Seeding Grant: $17,000
Supporting Upper limb reCovery through Exercise for Stroke Survivors (SUCCESS): group constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT). Lennon & Bellon.

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

Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Disability & Developmental Education, College of Nursing and Health Science

Co-Chair, Flinders University Student Appeals Committee

Research expertise
Chronic condition self-management
Disability
Research interests

Michelle is the Principal Investigator on a 2 year research study examining Postivie Behaviour Support following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Family-Directed Approach. This project has achieved $155,000 in funding from the Lifetime Support Authority (2017-2019), to examine the feasability of a family-directed behaviour support training proram for caregivers following a TBI. M Bellon, A Fisher, S Lawn, M Sohlberg, J Douglas.

Other research roles include:

  • Examining outcomes of participation in Families4Families peer support network following acquired brain injury (2019-2020)
  • Evaluating and monitoring the quality of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans for individuals living with disabilities (2019) A Fisher, K Nankervis, M Bellon
  • Evaluation of Brain Injury SA's SSAYiT program for young people aged 15-24 with an acquired brain injury or other cognitive disability which aims to connect youth into employment, education and their community (2016-2018).
  • Supporting Upper limb reCovery through Exercise for Stroke Survivors (SUCCESS): group constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) (2016-2017) S Lennon, M Bellon
  • Disability-related stigma in African communities in SA (2017-2018) R Crocker, L Mwani, G Carey & M Bellon
  • Principle Investigator, Families4Families: evaluating longitudinal effects of a peer support network for families following acquired brain injury in South Australia ($100,000 funding from Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund; 2014-2015) M Bellon, J Farnden, R Crocker
  • Principle Investigator, Families4Families: exploring the experiences and neds of families following acquired brain injury in South Australia. ($162,500 funding from Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund; 2012-2014) M Bellon, J Farnden, R Crocker, J Gardner
  • 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: comparisons with asthma and diabetes (Epilepsy Centre).
Teaching interests
  • Epilepsy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Physical and Multiple Disabilities
Topic coordinator
DSRS4103 Community Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury
DSRS9051 Rehabilitation and Learning following Brain Injury
DSRS1211 Introduction to Neurological Rehabilitation
DSRS1206 Health Issues and Disability
Topic lecturer
DSRS1211 Introduction to Neurological Rehabilitation
DSRS4103 Community Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury
DSRS9051 Rehabilitaiton and Learning following Brain Injury
DSRS1206 Health Issues and Disability
Supervisory interests
Brain injury
Community based rehabilitation
Disability
Epilepsy and seizure disorders
Family supports
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: The experiences of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their family members regarding transition to higher education (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: The Management of Challenging Behaviours following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in Community Settings: A South Australian Family Perspective (1), Evaluating outcomes of the SSAYiT transition support program for youth with cognitive difficulties (1), Exploring the factors which influence employment following spinal cord injury in Vietnam: A preliminary qualitative study (1), A systematic review of qualitative research examining barriers and facilitators to employment for people living with mental illness: implications for developing Asian countries (1), Experiences of disability students in an international work integrated learning placement (1), Parents’ experiences of their child’s return to school following acquired brain injury (1), Rehabilitation collaboration: experiences of people with Acquired Brain injury and their families when accessing services from multiple agencies in the community (1), Care-giving after traumatic brain injury: the impact on Care-givers quality of life (1)
Associate supervisor: An exploration of the service quality of Community Access Services for people with disabilities in Australia (1), Friendships, intimacy and sexual relationships: The perceptions and experiences of young adult’s use of social media for love, leisure and pleasure (1), Why would you want to be a Disability Support Worker? A qualitative analysis of long-term Disability Support Workers. (1), Examining the nature of resilience and executive functioning in people with brain injury and people with multiple sclerosis (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Disability
Acquired brain injury: community integration and learning
Epilepsy and seizure disorders: psychosocial issues
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Media expertise
  • Disability
Interests
  • Acquired brain injury: community integration and learning
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders: psychosocial issues

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