Since late 2016 the Bupa Research Fellow (Allied Health) John Parsons and the Bupa (Allied Health) Research Associate Laura Stratton (Victoria Donoghue August 2017 - May 2018, Shannon Tisbury September 2019 - June 2020) have been actively engaged in fostering a research culture within allied health through
facilitating and conducting research projects within Allied Health
promoting research amongst Allied Health clinicians and the broader Waikato DHB community
providing research education opportunities to allied health clinicians and advising and supporting Allied Health clinicians interested in undertaking higher education in research
encouraging and supporting Allied Health Clinicians to disseminate results of research activities through conference presentations and publications.
Some of these projects are:
Developing a vision for the future.
Exploring and looking at the development of the Allied Health workforce.
The role and perceived function of the acute medical physiotherapist within the multidisciplinary team at Waikato Hospital.
This research will look at the role of the physiotherapist and therapy assistants but distinguish the current culture and responsibility of initiating and maintaining mobility for patients admitted to the acute medical wards.
Clinician knowledge in amputee rehabilitation at Waikato District Health Board.
This research examines physiotherapists and occupational therapists knowledge of both upper and lower amputation post prosthesis amputee rehabilitation across the care continuum.
Early mobility in ICU ventilated patients and physiotherapy practice.
This research aims to identify the current culture for early mobilisation and explore enablers and barriers to change in practice.
Communication accessible environments.
This is an evaluation of a training package which was designed and delivered on OPR4. It emphasized the importance of communication access in the wards and how this can be integrated into daily practice.
An exploratory study to examine the facilitators and barriers that influence patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis attending the physiotherapy outpatient respiratory clinic.
This study will examine both health inequities for people living in rural communities and also Māori health outcomes as outlined in Waikato DHB's strategy.
If you would like to discuss any of this research or ideas for other research, please contact Shannon Tisbury, Research Associate on firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Professor John Parsons, Research Fellow on email@example.com