Paediatric Rehabilitation Service

Research

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    Research Overview

    The Paediatric Rehabilitation Service is committed to providing best practice services for children who have functional difficulties as a result of injury, illness or medical procedure.  To assist in meeting this aim, the Rehabilitation team aims to generate research projects that measure functional abilities at home, school and in the community.  The team also aims to generate projects investigating the effectiveness of interventions to improve functional outcome for children and their families. 

    Current research projects focus on the development of paediatric-specific measures of mobility following a traumatic brain injury, investigating interventions to improve hand and arm function following TBI, describing functional outcomes following paediatric stroke, and investigating communication difficulties following paediatric TBI.  

    Our research portfolio will extend to investigating functional outcomes and interventions for children with functional difficulties as a result of cerebral palsy, spinal injury and disease in the near future.  The Rehabilitation service works in partnership with other research groups within the RCH and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI).  The rehabilitation service is currently working alongside researchers from the Critical Care and Neurosciences Theme of MCRI to develop projects related to paediatric ABI.

    Publications

    2015

    Soo C, Tate RL, Anderson V, Beauchamp MH, Brookes N, Catroppa C, Galvin J, Muscara F. (In Press). Assessing psychosocial functioning following childhood acquired brain injury: The Sydney Psychosocial Reintegration Scale for Children. Developmental Neurorehabilitation

    2014

    Delaney, C., & Galvin, J. (2014). Ethics and Shared Decision-making in pediatric occupational therapy practice. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 17(5):347-54

    2013

    O'Donnell C, Harvey, A (2013). An outpatient low-intensity locomotor training programme for paediatric chronic incomplete spinal cord injury. International Spinal Cord Society, Spinal Cord (2013) 1-2

    DeLuca, C.R., McCarthy, M., Galvin, J., Green, J.L., Murphy, A., Knight, S., & Williams, J. (2013). Gross and fine motor skills in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16(3), 180 -187.

    Galvin, J., Scheinberg, A., & New, P.W. (2013). A retrospective case series of pediatric spinal cord injury and disease in Victoria, Australia. Spine, 38(14), E878-E882. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318294e839

    Levac, D.E., & Galvin, J. (2013). When is virtual reality 'therapy'. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94(4), 795 - 798. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2012.10.021


    2012

    Baker, A., Galvin, J., Vale, L., & Lindner, H. (2012). Restraint of children with additional needs in motor vehicles: Knowledge and challenges of paediatric occupational therapists in Victoria, Australia. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(1), 17 - 22.

    Chevignard, M., Soo, C., Galvin, J., Catroppa, C., Enem, S. (2012). Ecological assessment of cognitive functions in children with acquired brain injuries: A systematic review. Brain Injury. 26(9):1033-57

    Fink, N., Galvin, J., & Stagnitti, K. (2012). Pretend play of children with acquired brain injury:an exploratory study. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(5), 336 - 342..

    Foo, W.S., Galvin, J., & Olsen, J. (2012). Participation of children with ABI and its relationship with discharge functional status. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(1), 1-12.

    Hynes, K., Galvin, J., & L., Howie. (2012). Exploring the leisure experiences of young people with spinal cord injury or disease. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(5), 361 - 368. 

    2011

    Galvin, J., McDonald, R., Catroppa, C. & Anderson, V. (2011). Does intervention using virtual reality improve upper limb function in children with neurological impairment: A systematic review of the evidence. Brain Injury, 25(5), 435-442.

    Galvin, J., Hewish, S., Rice, J., Mackay, M.T. (2011). Functional outcome following paediatric stroke. Developmental Neurorehabilitation,14(2);  67-71.

    Galvin, J., & Levac, D. E. (2011). Facilitating clinical decision-making about the use of virtual reality within pediatric motor rehabilitation: Describing and classifying virtual reality systems. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 14(2), 101-111.

    Galvin, J., Levac, D.E. (2011). Facilitating clinical decision-making about the use of virtual reality within paediatric motor rehabilitation: Describing and classifying virtual reality systems. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 14(2); 112-122.

    Levac, D. E., & Galvin, J. (2011). Facilitating clinical decision-making about the use of virtual reality within pediatric motor rehabilitation: application of a classification framework. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 14(3), 177 - 184.

    Galvin, J., & Sakzewski, L. (2011). Botulinum toxin A in conjunction with occupational therapy reduces spasticity and improves upper limb function and goal attainment in children with cerebral palsy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58(2), 132-133.

    2010

    Chevignard, M., Catroppa, C.,Galvin,J. & Anderson, V. (2010). Ecological assessment of executive skills following paediatric TBI.  Brain Impairment. 11(2), 125-143.

    Davis, E., Galvin, J., & Soo, C. (2010). Reliability of the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) for children and youth with ABI. Brain Impairment, 11(2), 113-124.

    Galvin, J., Froude, E.H. & Imms, C. (2009).  Sensory processing abilities of children who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 701-709.

    Galvin,J., Froude, E.H. & McAleer, J. (2010).  Children's Participation in Home, School and Community Life After Acquired Brain Injury.  Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(2), 118-126.

    Galvin, J., Lim, B.K.J., Steer, K., Edwards, J. & Lee, K.J. (2010). Predictors of functional ability of Australian children with acquired brain injury following inpatient rehabilitation. Brain Injury, 24(7-8), 1008-1016.

    Galvin, J., & Mandalis, A. (2009). Executive skills and their functional implications:  Approaches to rehabilitation after child TBI. Developmental NeuroRehabilitation12(5), 352-360.

    Galvin,J.,Randall,M., Hewish, S., Rice, J. & MacKay, M.T. (2010).  Family centred outcome measurement following paediatric stroke.  Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(3), 152-158.

    Imms, C., Cowan, R., Ertekin, E., Klein, G.-L. and Galvin, J. (2010), Eight weeks of occupational therapy home programme, compared to no programme, resulted in improved achievement of child and family-selected goals by children with cerebral palsy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57: 444-445.

    Stewart, J.,Galvin,J., Lentin, P. & Froude, E.H. (2010). Evaluation of the Australian adaptation of the Keeping It Together (KIT-Australia) information package with carers of children with special needs. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 57(3), 268-275.

    2009

    Scheinberg, A. (2009).  Clinical use of botulinum toxin.  Australian Prescriber  32(2), 39-42.

    Swain, M.A., Joy, P.J., Bakker, K., Shores, E.A. & West, C. (2009). Object-based visual processing in children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus: A cognitive neuropsychological analysis. Journal of Neuropsychology, Vol 3, 229-244.

    Galvin, J., Froude, E. H., & Imms, C. (2009). Sensory processing abilities of children who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63(6), 701-709.

    Galvin, J., & Mandalis, A. (2009). Executive skills and their functional implications: Approaches to rehabilitation after childhood TBI. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 12(5), 352-360.