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Close-Up: Natasha Lannin

6 Sep 2013, by Informa Insights

Natasha LanninAssociate Professor Natasha Lannin is an experienced neurological occupational therapist and rehabilitation researcher, working in a clinical conjoint position with Alfred Health and La Trobe University, and holding an honorary clinical appointment at the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney.

“In my research, I am particularly interested in understanding the experiences of people with moderate to severe brain injury as they journey through rehabilitation, the evidence-base underpinning the care that people receive, and how we support people to live long-term in the community”, Natasha says. “As a clinical trialist, I know we now have a body of research which should guide clinical care intervention choices following brain injury, yet we still know very little about who receives evidence-based rehabilitation, what the ‘black box of rehabilitation’ actually includes in practice, and how the delivery of evidence-based care might reduce the longer term care needs and costs for people living with moderate to severe brain injury.”

Natasha has completed studies investigating life after catastrophic acquired brain injury – including rehabilitation efficacy trials and large epidemiological studies of cost and quality of life. She is currently conducting work in partnership with ISCRR funded by TAC Victoria, as well as projects funded by the Motor Accident Authority (NSW), the National Stroke Foundation and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

She will be presenting at the National Acquired Brain Injury conference to be held on the 26th and 27th September in Melbourne. Natasha’s talk will cover the following issues:

Life after Catastrophic Acquired Brain Injury – Rehabilitation, Community Living and Attendant Care

  • Update on the current research guiding rehabilitation after severe ABI
  • Presentation of study results on the hours, cost and funding of attendant care for adults with catastrophic TBI, and
  • Presentation of a systematic review on the models of care for rehabilitation after severe ABI
  • These research findings will be drawn together to provide an overall understanding of the current research state of play, areas where we lack knowledge, and current projects underway in this space

“I am pleased to be able to present some of my research at the upcoming Acquired Brain Injury Summit,” Natasha says. “In many ways, it is an exciting time in Australian healthcare with the introduction of a new DisabilityCare (national disability insurance) scheme offering people living with brain injury an opportunity to have choice in their rehabilitation. Therefore, at the Summit I am looking forward to hearing from our international speaker Dr Tim Feeney on supporting people with brain injury to develop self-regulation, but am particularly interested to hear from presenters on the DisabilityCare panel, as well as success stories where research, policy and clinical care have together improved care delivery and outcomes for people with brain injury here in Australia.”

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