The LaTrobe ARCH / Melbourne Health Collaboration

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Research Students

Through ARCH, Researchers at Melbourne Health  are able to support health science students in a number of ways:

2019 Honours and Higher Degree projects

Masters’ Projects:

Animal assisted Intervention and therapy (The Rudi Project)

Supervised by Professor Karen Willis, Dr Tamara Tse and Dr Marlena Klaic, Masters’ student Emma Ellison is exploring the use of Animal Assisted Intervention and Therapy (AAT) by Allied Health Clinicians at Melbourne Health. Known as ‘The Rudi Project’ (Rudi is the dog in residence at Allied Health, RMH), the project will comprise observations of AAT sessions and interviews with clinicians to ascertain the types of therapy undertaken and how clinicians draw on available evidence in electing to use AAT in practice.

Honours Projects:

Young survivors and stroke: Characterisation of Young Stroke Presentation, and Pathways of Care

This project aims to characterise young stroke presentations to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and explore pathways of care. This project is being conducted by an honours student at La Trobe University who is supervised by Dr Dana Wong (School of Psychological Sciences at La Trobe) and Dr Toni Withiel (Research Officer for RMH/La Trobe collaboration). The outcomes of this study will help inform service provision for younger survivors of stroke.

Student placements

Researchers at Melbourne Health (supported by ARCH) are keen to supervise health science students undertaking placements with a research component. In 2019 two La Trobe social work students will have the opportunity to undertake research while on placement. The Allied Health Research Team are keen to provide opportunities to students and assist clinicians in supervision of the research component of student placements.