The Summer Foundation is pleased to present the Allen Martin Memorial Lecture for 2017.
This year, Occupational Therapist and Neuropsychologist, Sue Sloan, discussed “ABI and Challenging Behaviour: Perspectives of a Grandma”.
The recipient of the Allen Martin Research Scholarship was also announced at the event.
ABOUT THE LECTURE
ABI and Challenging Behaviour: Perspectives of a Grandma
Challenging behaviour following acquired brain injury (ABI) typically leads to severely depleted life role participation – the outcomes of which include boredom, loneliness and a sense of hopelessness. Sue will reflect on stories of people living in shared supported accommodation to draw connections between the themes of behaviour, participation and relationships between residents and staff. The focus will be on keys to success in building pro-social behaviour and role participation.
ABOUT SUE SLOAN
Sue Sloan is a registered Occupational Therapist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. Sue’s main interests are in the long-term rehabilitation and support of people with ABI, particularly where there are severe cognitive and behavioural issues.
After many years working in hospital settings, Sue established Osborn Sloan and Associates in 1995, a private practice providing community-based therapy services to people with ABI. In 2013, Sue founded Victoria Community Living (VCL), which employs occupational therapists, case managers and a team of allied health therapy assistants to provide long-term therapy support to people living in the community. VCL also run an accommodation service, in which slow-stream cognitive-behavioural rehabilitation is embedded within a 24-hour supported living environment.
Sue is also an Honorary Neuropsychologist in the Austin Hospital Brain Disorders program, a secure setting for people with brain injury and complex mental health co-morbidities. Sue collaborates with the Summer Foundation on the issue of young people with brain injury living in residential aged care and with Monash University to conduct research in the field.
Sue has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous conferences and workshops on aspects of community-based brain injury rehabilitation. Sue has co-authored four books, the most recent published by ASSBI in 2017. Sue also lectures in rehabilitation and provides supervision to postgraduate Occupational Therapy and Neuropsychology students.
ALLEN MARTIN RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kew, the Allen Martin Research Scholarship is valued at $5,000. The recipient of the 2017 scholarship is Laura Connelly, a DPsych student at Monash University.
Laura is investigating the use of light therapy to reduce fatigue in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Fatigue is the most common complaint following a TBI and contributes to poorer quality of life in these patients. Additionally, sleep is commonly disturbed after a TBI, leading to daytime sleepiness. To date, there are no effective treatments for fatigue or daytime sleepiness for TBI patients. Laura’s study will pilot the efficacy of an in-home lighting system which may reduce fatigue and daytime sleepiness by resetting the circadian rhythm of TBI patients with blue light. This non-invasive, minimally demanding intervention may help to reduce disability in this population and achieve long lasting positive change for patients with TBI.
We congratulate Laura and wish her well with her study.
Thursday 30 November, 6-8pm
Kew Golf Club
120 Belford Road, East Kew, Victoria
Light refreshments will be provided. This is a free event, but bookings are essential for catering purposes.