Previous Scholars: Allied Health Sciences

Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences

2016-2017

Mrs Teresa Brown Teresa Brown has been awarded the 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences for her outstanding research that aims to reduce recovery times and shorten hospital visit duration for patients suffering from head and neck cancer. Teresa’s research – which is being conducted at the University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – is the first study of its kind in Australia that examines the benefit of providing early nutrition support to patients who are not already suffering from difficulty eating or drinking.

2015-2016

Mrs Sharon Oberstein qualified as an optometrist in South Africa (Cum laude). Sharon has worked in primary care optometry and university low vision clinics in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her particular research area concerns driving and low vision. Sharon is undertaking her innovative PhD project entitled “Strategies to facilitate driving in individuals with central vision loss” at the University of NSW.

2014-2015

Mr Zhichao Wu holds the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry from the Queensland University of Technology. 

The scholarship commencing in 2014 will support Zhichao's research developing novel functional and structural markers for age related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Australia.  These markers will allow new therapies to be effectively trialled in the earliest stages of AMD prior to vision loss.   Wu will complete his PhD at the Centre for Eye Research Australia in Melbourne.

2013-2014

Ms Verity Pacey is senior physiotherapist in the Connective Tissue Dysplasia Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and began the physiotherapy service to The Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine.

Verity holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University. 

The two-year Menzies scholarship will help Verity complete her PhD at The University of Sydney into the management and treatment of the connective tissue disease known as hypermobility or loose joints. 

2012-2013

Ms Jane Galvin holds the degrees of Master of Occupational Therapy (2007) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (1991) from La Trobe University.

Senior Occupational Therapist at the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Jane’s Scholarship will help her undertake a PhD on the possibility of using virtual reality for the rehabilitation of arm movements in children following traumatic brain injury.

Mr Matthew Pase holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts  (Psychology) with First Class Honours (2009) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology) (2008) from Swinburne University of Technology.

A tutor in psychology at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Matthew's PhD will look at whether diet can counter the slowing of brain function with age.

2011-2012

Ms Leisa McCarthy holds the degrees of Master of Community Nutrition from the University of Queensland (1997) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutritional Science) from the University of Canberra (1996). Her PhD project is entitled "Household food security issues and impact on health outcomes in Indigenous Australian children aged 6 months to 4 years residing in the Darwin-Palmerston region of the Northern Territory" and will be carried out at the Menzies School of Health Research.

Miss Sheree Nix holds the degree of Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) with First Class Honours and the University Medal from Queensland University of Technology (2005). Her PhD project entitled "Foot pain and function in healthy adults with hallux abducto valgus" will be carried out at the University of Queensland.

2010-2011

Ms Leanne Hall holds the degree of B Physiotherapy with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland (2006).  Her PhD project entitled "The contribution of dopamine to the regulation of orofacial, limb and trunk control: system or function specific effects" will be carried out at the University of Queensland.

Ms Jane McCormack holds the degree of B Health Science (Speech Pathology) with First Class Honours from Charles Sturt University (2002).  Her PhD project entitled "The experience and impact of childhood speech impairment" will be carried out at Charles Sturt University.

2009-2010

Mrs Anne-Marie Hill holds the degree of Master of Physiotherapy (2001) from Curtin University of Technology.  Her PhD project entitled "The role of patient education in prevention of in-hospital falls in the older population" is being carried out through the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland.

Mr Phillip Tully holds the degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology) with First Class Honours from the University of Adelaide (2004).  His PhD project entitled "Quality of life outcomes after cardiac surgery" is being carried out in Psychology at The University of Adelaide.

2008-2009

Ms Nicole Joshua holds the degree of BSc (Psychology and Psychophysiology) from Swinburne University (2004).  Her PhD project entitled "An investigation into configural processing and facial emotion perception in schizophrenia" is being carried out at the Mental Health Research Institute, Melbourne.

Ms Maria McCarthy holds the degrees of Master of Applied Science (Family Therapy) (1998), a Postgraduate Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy (1992) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) (1985) from La Trobe University. Her PhD project entitled "Identifying psycho-social risk in families of newly diagnosed paediatric oncology patients" is being carried out at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne.

Ms Sally Monaghan holds the degree of Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney (2004).  Her PhD project entitled "Do irrational beliefs maintain problem gambling behaviour?" is being carried out at the University of Sydney.

2007-2008

Ms Josie Barbaro holds the degree of Bachelor of Behavioural Science from La Trobe University. Josie's PhD project entitled "Prospective Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Infancy: The Social Attention and Communication Study" was carried out at La Trobe University.

Ms Jaci Barrett holds the degree of Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Deakin University and Bachelor of Science (Biomed) from Monash University. Jaci's PhD project entitled "The Role of FODMAPs in Gastrointestinal Disease" was carried out at Monash University.

Ms Anna Dawson holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Health from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) from the University of South Australia. Anna's PhD project entitled "Investigating predictive factors for low back pain and neck pain in nurses: a prospective study" was carried out at the University of Queensland.

2006-2007

Mr Andy Chien holds the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland. Andy's PhD project is entitled "Identification of minor neuropathy in whiplash associated disorders", was carried out in Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne.

Ms Leanne Hassett holds the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and Master of Health Science (Neurological Physiotherapy) from the University of Sydney. Leanne's PhD project was entitled "Fitness training after traumatic brain injury", was carried out in Physiotherapy, University of Sydney.

2005-2006

Ms Fiona Dobson who holds the degrees of BAppSc(Physiotherapy) and GradDip (Health Research) with First Class Honours from La Trobe University. Fiona’s PhD project entitled "Walking patterns in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy" was carried out at the School of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne.

Ms Simone O'Shea who holds the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours from La Trobe University. Her PhD project entitled "Investigation of the effects of peripheral strength training for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" was carried out La Trobe University.

2004-2005

Ms Keryn Proctor holds the degree of Masters of Family Therapy from La Trobe University. Keryn's PhD project entitled "The Breaking Through Project: A school, family and rural community partnership to reduce suicide risk and increase safety in schools for at risk youth" was carried out at Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University.

2003-2004

Ms Angela Chang holds the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Queensland. Her PhD project entitled "The effect of physiotherapy intervention in slow to wean intensive care patients", was carried out at Department of Physiotherapy, University of Queensland.

2002-2003

Ms Deborah Walsh holds the degree of Master of Social Work from La Trobe University. Deborah's PhD project entitled "The level, extent and nature of domestic violence in pregnancy" was carried out at Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne.

2001-2002

Ms Marie Andrew holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology with First Class Honours from Flinders University of South Australia. Marie's PhD project entitled "Psychosocial outcome after cardiac surgery: Application of a coping model to understand predictors and the role of neuropsychological dysfunction" was carried out at the Department of Psychology, Flinders University.

2000-2001

Ms Lynda Troy holds the degrees of Master of Clinical Psychology (1994), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Distinction) (1991) and Bachelor of Arts (1990), all from the University of Queensland. Lynda commenced a PhD project entitled "Investigation of the impact of cisplantin-based therapy on neuropsychological function in patients with testicular cancer" at the Department of Psychology, University of Queensland.

1999-2000

Ms Tina Souvlis holds the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy (H1) from the University of Queensland (1986) and had two papers published.   Her PhD project entitled "Opioid and non-opioid analgesia spinal manual therapy" was carried out at the University of Queensland in the Department of Physiotherapy.

1998-1999

Ms Colleen Canning holds the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland (1977) and a Masters Degree in Motor Learning from Columbia University (1984). Her PhD project entitled "Recovery of strength and dexterity following stroke: relationship to motor function" was carried out at the University of Sydney in the Department of Physiotherapy.

1997-1998

Miss Sandra Brauer holds the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours and the University Medal (1992) from the University of Queensland. Her PhD project was entitled "Balance and ageing: an investigation of mediolateral postural stability" at the University of Queensland in the Department of Physiotherapy.

1996-1997

Ms Allison Harvey holds the Degree of Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Upper Second Class Honours from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University. Her PhD research project entitled "Nature, process and treatment of Acute Stress Disorder after a motor vehicle accident" was carried out at the University of New South Wales.

1995-1996

Mr Paul Hodges holds the Degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Queensland. He carried out his PhD research project entitled "Investigations into the neuromotor control of background stabilisation of the trunk during volutnary limb movement" at the University of Queensland.

1994-1995

Ms Julie Hides holds the Degrees of Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Master of Physiotherapy Studies, both from the University of Queensland. She carried out a research project entitled "Determination of the effect of rehabilitative exercises of lumbar musculature using diagnostic ultrasound imaging" at the University of Queensland for the degree of PhD.

1993-1994

Ms Jennifer Fleming holds the Degree of Bachelor of Occuptional Therapy from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours and the University Medal. Jennifer carried out a research project entitled "An investigation of the development of self-awareness of deficits in patients in the first year post-head injury" at the University of Queensland for the degree of PhD.