Field: Cerebral palsy

Location: Centre for Children's Health Research

Type of student: PhD or MPhil only

Type of work: 

  • Chart review
  • Clinical work
  • Literature review
  • Qualitative methods
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Systematic review

Prerequisite skills: Would suit new graduates or experienced clinicians with backgrounds in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, human movements, medicine, health economics

The HABIT-ILE study will investigate the efficacy of an intensive day camp model of intensive upper and lower extremity training to improve gross motor function and bimanual hand performance in children aged 6-16 with bilateral cerebral palsy. We will secondarily investigate the impact of HABIT-ILE on walking efficiency, self-care, mobility, achievement of individualised occupational performance goals, quality of life, and neuroplasticity in this is a randomised waitlist controlled trial.
The HABIT-ILE study offers a range of opportunities suitable for new graduates as well as experienced clinicians. Opportunities exist for candidates with a range of backgrounds including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, human movements, medical, and or/health economists to undertake a PhD or Masters projects.
PhD Opportunities
a.The efficacy of intensive bimanual training on bimanual hand skills and goal attainment in children and youth with bilateral cerebral palsy (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Professor Roslyn Boyd)

b. The efficacy of intensive lower extremity training on gross motor function, walking efficiency and mobility (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Professor Roslyn Boyd, Dr Lee Barber)

c. The relationship between clinical outcomes and neuroplasticity following intensive upper and lower extremity training in children with bilateral cerebral palsy (Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Professor Roslyn Boyd, Dr Kerstin Pannek, Dr Jurgen Fripp at CSIRO)

d. Cost effectiveness of intensive group-based upper and lower extremity training for children and youth with bilateral cerebral palsy (Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Roslyn Boyd, Dr David Rowell (health Economist at UQ).

Time frame: Commencing in 2018

https://cre-auscpctn.centre.uq.edu.au/education

Child Health Research Centre website

Supervisor

Professor Roslyn Boyd

Professor
Child Health Research Centre