Our team

 
 
 
Professor Michelle Lincoln’s research is about allied health workforce preparation, recruitment and retention particularly in rural and remote areas. Michelle is committed to ensuring equitable access to effective allied health services for people living in rural and remote Australia through the development of innovative service delivery models. Most recently she has been funded to investigate culturally appropriate models of allied health service delivery in Indigenous communities.
 
 
 
Research Fellow, Dr John Gilroy oversees the planning and implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander projects under the Wobbly Hub strategic plan. John is a Koori from the Yuin Nation and is a sociologist of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, specialising in disability, ageing and community care. John is working with remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia on research relating to disability. John is also the Vice Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Community Care Gathering Committee and the Chairperson of the Disability Advocacy Service (Alice Springs).
 
 
 
Scholarly teaching and research fellow, Dr Kim Bulkeley is an occupational therapist with over 25 years’ experience in community developmental disability in Australia and England. Kim completed her PhD research on an OT intervention with young children with autism, using single subject methods as a means for including research in workplaces. More recently Kim has been working with rural and remote communities in north western NSW, exploring models of allied health services that are responsive to Aboriginal community members and people with a disability. Kim is committed to partnering with communities to increase access to allied health services as part of improving health and wellbeing.
 
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr Monique Hines is a speech pathologist and researcher with strong understanding of rural allied health service delivery and workforce issues, learning and teaching in disability, and program evaluation. She is a skilled qualitative researcher, having completed her PhD studies investigating the lived experiences of older parents of adult sons and daughters with autism. More recently, she has applied qualitative and mixed methods approaches to exploring the innovative use of technology in health services, including telepractice for allied health services to people with disability, and eHealth in brain injury rehabilitation. Monique is committed to research that supports the health and wellbeing of people with lifelong disability by improving access to the services and supports they need to live a good life.

 
 
 
Dr Rebecca Barton has a professional background in occupational therapy and has worked in both clinical and research roles. She has also been involved in numerous research projects about disability therapy service provision in rural and remote areas, including development of a framework to support and enhance the practice of rural private allied health practitioners under NDIS. Rebecca is currently working as a lecturer within the Discipline of Occupational Therapy. Her doctoral studies explored the negotiation of cultural frameworks in the daily lives of migrant families raising a child with a disability in Australia and her primary research interests include: disability, chronic illness, social and cultural context, meaning and identity.
 
 
 
Senior Research Fellow, Dr Angela Dew is now based at the Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support program at UNSW, Sydney and continues her involvement in the Wobbly Hub research through an honorary appointment. Angela is a sociologist with over 35 years’ experience working in the disability sector in government and non-government roles in direct service provision, management, teaching and research. Angela’s main research interests relate to the lived experiences of people with a disability and their family members. Angela has expertise in applying knowledge translation strategies to ensure that practice and policy is informed by research.
 
 
 
Chief Investigator, Dr Gisselle Gallego, based at the Univeristy of Western Sydney provides the team with expertise in survey design and analysis. She is also exploring allied health professional job preferences and carers therapy preferences using discrete choice experiments (DCE).  She is a health services researcher with ample experience in mixed methods research. Gisselle’s research interests include disability and public health, policy, knowledge transfer and the use of qualitative methods in health economics and health services research.
 
 
 
Associate Lecturer, Dr Jennie Brentnall has facilitated project conceptualisation with partners in western NSW and provides crucial advice and support to the team. She previously worked as an occupational therapist and rehabilitation coordinator in central western NSW. Her main research interests relate to clinical reasoning and outcome measurement for intervention planning and service evaluation.
 
 
 
Professor Anita Bundy is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy assessment and intervention, as well as for developing theory and research in play with children who have disabilities and in sensory integration. She has particular interest in consultative/coaching services to families and other professionals working with children with disabilities.

Associates

  • Craig Veitch
  • Rebecca Chedid
  • Alexandra Iljadica
  • Rachel Mayes
  • Jo Ragen
  • Gabrielle Hindmarsh
  • Sheila Keane
  • Katherine Boydell

Students - current

  • Genevieve Johnsson
    PhD candidate
    Technology delivered disability training and support for service providers in rural and remote New South Wales
  • Ed Johnson
    PhD candidate
    Service delivery models for children with disability in rural, regional, and remote Australia.
  • G. Craig Fairweather
    PhD candidate
    Parent/carer engagement and therapeutic alliance in teletherapy programs
  • Kylie Gwynne
    PhD candidate
    Applying collective impact to improve health services for Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities
  • Melissa Peter
    Master’s degree by research candidate
    Dimensions of telepractice which influence outcomes for speech and language treatment of pediatric clients
  • Bethany Yeung
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours
    The lived experiences of Aboriginal allied health assistants working in rural and remote communities
  • Zoe Singer
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech pathology), Honours
    Transition to school for Aboriginal children in urban Sydney

Students - previous

  • Claire Dickson
    Masters of Occupational Therapy 2016
    Aboriginal allied health assistants working in remote northwest New South Wales
  • Emma Carwardine
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours 2016
    Perspectives about school readiness of families and educators of Aboriginal children in a remote community
  • Jacinta Borilovic
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours 2016
    What supports school readiness? A collaborative approach to understanding the perspectives of a rural Aboriginal community
  • Corey Block
    Masters of Occupational Therapy 2015
    Occupational Therapy with Australian Indigenous children and their families: A rural and remote perspective
  • Anneka Freckmann
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech pathology), Honours 2015
    Challenging the rapport assumption: Clinicians’ perspectives of therapeutic alliance in face-to-face and telepractice speech-language pathology sessions
  • Emma Coyne
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours 2015
    Accessing equipment in rural NSW: The experience of service providers
  • Kate Gardner
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours 2014
    The perspectives of rural carers on receiving occupational therapy via Information and Communication Technologies
  • Lyrin Brooks
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours 2014
    “You know what? You’re not superwoman!” Experiences of older rural carers of adult children with disability
  • Akshay Rai
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours 2014
    The use of research evidence by policy-makers in the disability sector: a qualitative study
  • Rebecca Chedid
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational therapy), Honours 2012
    Barriers to the use of Information and Communication Technology by occupational therapists working in a rural area of New South Wales, Australia

Collaborators

  • Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
  • Western New South Wales Local Health District
  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council (NPYWC)
  • Sue Cameron – Therapy Connect
  • Simone Dudley – Therapy Connect
  • Lani Campbell – Sowerby Campbell Consulting & Training
  • Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services Inc.
  • Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Co-Operative Ltd
  • Bourke Aboriginal Health Service Ltd
  • National Disability Services
  • New South Wales Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Western Region
  • Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
  • Royal Far West
  • auDA Foundation
  • Silverlea Early Childhood Service (SECS), Broken Hill
  • Novita Children’s Services, South Australia
  • Orana Early Childhood Intervention, Dubbo
  • MacKillop Rural Community Services, Dubbo
  • Intereach, Deniliquin
  • Mudgee Child and Family Network