• Neuroscience
  • Paediatrics

Location: Child Health Research Centre

Type of student: Honours students

Type of work: 

  • Clinical work 
  • Literature review 
  • Secondary data analysis 

Brief synopsis:

Two to three percent of Australians have sustained an acquired brain injury (including traumatic brain injury).  Sleep disturbance and fatigue are common complaints, and is associated with later mood and cognitive problems. The aim of this honours project is to examine sleep behaviour and fatigue following acquired brain injury in children from the rehabilitation unit.

The student will be responsible for performing a systematic review of sleep disturbance following acquired brain injury in children. They will perform a pilot study in 10 to 15 children acutely admitted to hospital with the aim of examining sleep behaviour using actigraphy, medication diaries, and sleep and pain questionnaires. The student will analyse actigraphic parameters of sleep disturbance, how these change during the acute rehabilitation period, and their relationship with pain and subjective sleep measurements. The student will also have the opportunity to examine actigraphy parameters in 77 children with mild TBI and post-concussion syndrome.

Prerequisite skills

A strong interest in developmental neuroscience, attention to detail, diligence, and a strong team member.

Time frame

12 months

Website: Acquired Brain Injury in Children (ABiC) 


Associate Professor Karen Barlow

Dr Paul Hopkins Chair of Paediatric Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury
Child Health Research Centre