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Lecture recordings2021-12-01T08:50:03+00:00

Cognitive rehabilitation models: Evidence-based recommendations for adults

November 9, 2021

Description: Attendees will learn how to apply cognitive rehabilitation models to adults after brain injury. The session highlights the latest guideline recommendations and evidence-based interventions for impairments of executive functions, memory, attention, and hemi-spatial neglect.

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how to apply a cognitive rehabilitation model
  • Develop a cognitive rehabilitation treatment plan
  • Apply evidence-based guideline recommendations to maximise safety, daily functioning, and independence

Presenter: This 1-hr webinar was presented by:

Dr Emma Schneider, PhD, MOT, BBNSc

Occupational Therapist & Associate Member, The StrokeEd Collaboration
Allied Health Research and Translation Lead, Alfred Health, VIC.
Adjunct Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

Loss of strength after stroke

November 16, 2021

Description: How extensive is loss of strength after stroke in the upper and lower limbs? How does this loss of strength impact activity limitations? From paralysed muscles through to mild weakness – what can we do to increase strength, and how does improved strength impact activity?

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to;

  • Describe the prevalence and extent of loss of strength after stroke and the implications for activity limitations
  • Describe the evidence and practical strategies for increasing strength after stroke, from extreme through to mild weakness

Presenter: This 1-hr webinar presented by:

Dr Simone Dorsch BAppSci(Physio), MHlthSci, PhD

Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Sydney.
Director, The StrokeEd Collaboration.

An introduction to upper limb constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT)

November 18, 2021

Description: Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is recommended in Australian stroke guidelines as an evidence-based therapy for arm recovery, yet national audits show that only 12% of eligible stroke survivors receive CIMT. Barriers to CIMT delivery include limited knowledge, skills, confidence, personnel and equipment. This presentation will describe what should be included in a CIMT program [beyond a mitt], how to structure and progress training over two weeks, how to measure change and overcome common barriers to delivery particularly in public health settings. Lauren successfully helped nine public health services in Sydney to implement CIMT with stroke and brain injury survivors, as part of her PhD.

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation, learners will be able to;

  • Identify people that are likely to benefit from CIMT
  • Name and describe the key components of CIMT which include shaping, functional task practice, mitt wearing and a transfer package
  • Name outcome measures that are commonly used before and after a CIMT program
  • Identify resources that can be used to prepare for delivery of CIMT programs

Presenter: This 1-hr webinar presented by:

Dr Lauren Christie BAppSc (Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist

Associate Member of the StrokeEd Collaboration
Senior Implementation Science Research Fellow- Allied Health
St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney, NSW


Understanding the trunk:
Implications of biomechanics, anatomy and research for neuro-rehabilitation

November 23, 2021

Description: The purpose of this lecture is to present knowledge about biomechanics of the trunk, anatomy and function of the trunk muscles, and the role of muscles acting on the trunk in tasks such as sitting and standing. While stroke and spinal cord injury are the primary conditions used during the presentation, the principles apply to other neurological conditions.

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation, listeners will;

  • Understand the biomechanics and anatomy of muscles of the trunk, the skeletal structure and bilateral innervation of these muscles
  • Have considered implications of the biomechanics, anatomy and research evidence for clinical intervention

Presenter: This 1-hr webinar presented by:

Karl Schurr MScAppScPhysio BAppScPhysio

Physiotherapist & Director,
The StrokeEd Collaboration

Analysis and retraining of adult handwriting

November 30, 2021

Description: Illegible handwriting and difficulty controlling a pen are common post-stroke. Little research has been published to guide therapists who retrain handwriting in adults (or children). Typical exercises involve non-specific copying of letters and lines of text. Furthermore, few outcome measures target the adult population. This presentation will summarise Australian-led research which explored handwriting behaviour, legibility and speed norms in healthy older adults (age-matched to stroke survivors), developed the Handwriting Assessment Battery, and evaluated the feasibility of a 2-week handwriting retraining program for stroke survivors.

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation, learners should be able to;

  • Name features of handwriting that can be measured
  • Use normative legibility and speed data for older adults
  • Administer and score the Handwriting Assessment Battery
  • Find (the limited) research on adult handwriting retraining
  • Describe task-specific retraining strategies for improving handwriting legibility post-stroke/ABI

Presenters: This 1-hr webinar presented by:

Dr Annie McCluskey PhD MA DipCOT

Occupational therapist
Director, The StrokeEd Collaboration
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Sydney School of Health Sciences,
Faculty of Medicine & Health
The University of Sydney

Bronwyn Simpson MAppSc BAppSc (Occ Therapy)

Occupational therapist
Associate Lecturer & PhD Candidate
Sydney School of Health Sciences,
Faculty of Medicine & Healt
The University of Sydney