Health Sciences' graduate receives OT Australia National Research Award

30 July 2009

Jennie Brenthall, Research Assistant and PhD student
Jennie Brenthall, Research Assistant and PhD student

Occupational Therapy graduate and current PhD student, Jennie Brentnall has received the 2009 OT Australia National Research Award for Undergraduates.

The OT Australia Research Awards acknowledge member's contributions towards the advancement of the research base of occupational therapy, with the undergraduate award focusing on students who have their work published within three years of graduation. Jennie's work titled, 'The effect of the length of observation on the test retest reliability of the Test of Playfulness' was carried out under the supervision of Professor Anita Bundy and has been published in the quarterly journal of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health.

On graduating in 2005, Jennie began working as an occupational therapist in brain injury rehabilitation with outreach and community-based services. In 2008 Jennie was appointed as a research assistant in the Faculty of Health Sciences' Community Based Health Care Research Unit (CBHCRU) where she is investigating assessments of rehabilitation outcomes and participation.

This year Jennie also commenced her PhD with the Unit, examining the clinical reasoning of occupational therapists developing interventions for people with disabilities.

Jennie will be presented with her award and prize money at an official OT Australia event at the end of year. An interview will also appear in the upcoming edition of Connections, the OT Australia member magazine.