Excellence in research acknowledged

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 3-8-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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The 2010 Sir Robert Menzies Allied Health Sciences Scholarship recipient, Dr Anne-Marie Hill, has once again been recognised for her excellence in research.

Recently announced by the Menzies Foundation, Dr Hill has received the Menzies Foundation Allied Health Sciences Grant ($25,000) which will help fund her research into falls prevention.

The externally assessed ‘start up’ grant is awarded to scholarship recipients who are within five years of finishing their PhD. The aim of the grant is to support the recipients in their early post-doctoral career.

Dr Hill is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA). Her recently completed PhD project, completed through The University of Queensland, was entitled: Falls prevention education for older patients designed using the Health Belief Model. She also holds the degree of Master of Physiotherapy from Curtin University of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching from UNDA.

Dean of the School of Physiotherapy, Professor Peter Hamer, says that Dr Hill’s ongoing success is recognition for her excellence in research.

“Anne-Marie is one of only ten titled Gerontological Physiotherapists in Australia. Her research is providing invaluable information and data about the role of education as a key component of treatment and care of older people within a health care setting.

“So often the focus is on the treatment and management of the clinical condition and yet there are other factors that need to be considered to ensure the best outcomes for older patients. Anne-Marie’s research focuses on preventing falls in hospital and after discharge and therefore helping older people to recover to the best of their ability.

“The outcomes of her current research and the planning of her future research directions are very much aligned with the importance of translating research into practice, with these contributing to one of the key areas of the University’s Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research,” Professor Peter Hamer explains.

Dr Hill thanked the Menzies Foundation for supporting her research program.

“My goals are to improve the delivery of health care to all older Australians. We know that when older people are discharged from hospital falls during this period can seriously hinder their recovery,” Dr Hill.

“My research will investigate whether education can be provided during this period to assist the older person to return to their normal participation in life.”

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