Dr. Rebecca Lane

Senior Lecturer

BPhysio(Hons), PhD, APA Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist

Telephone:
+61 3 9904 4121

Fax:
+61 3 9904 4812

Email:
rebecca.lane@monash.edu

Profile

Rebecca has a keen interest in improving the teaching and learning experience for students through the use of innovative teaching methods. Rebecca uses a variety of education research methods, including qualitative and quantitative measures. Additionally, Rebecca maintains a strong connection to clinically focussed research pursuits in the area of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. In particular, Rebecca has a strong drive to improve morbidity and mortality outcomes in the abdominal surgery population. In her clinical research, Rebecca employs a range of research measures including qualitative, quantitative, quality of life and economic measures. She has a strong desire to share and develop these skills with her clinical colleagues.

Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 1997. In 1998, Rebecca commenced work at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne as a Senior Physiotherapist in Cardiorespiratory Clinical Education. Rebecca completed her PhD focusing on prediction of pulmonary complications in patients following upper abdominal surgery in 2005 at the University of Melbourne. Rebecca is currently a Senior Lecturer at Monash and is Head of the Cardiorespiratory Stream.

Rebecca was honoured to be awarded the title of “APA Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist” as a reflection of her advanced knowledge and expertise in this field in 2006. Rebecca is the inaugural recipient of this specialist title awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Rebecca is currently focusing on research into the simulation and education environment and interprofessional education whilst continuing her research in cardiorespiratory clinical practice with a keen specialist focus on the area of abdominal surgery.

Research interests

  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Physiotherapy Education

Awards

  • 2008: Dean's Commendation for Excellence - Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education
  • 2006: Awarded Title of "APA Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist" - Inaugural recipient

Successful funding applications

  • 2016: $5000 School of Primary Health Care Education Committee Innovation and Development 'Flipped Learning In Paramedic and Physiotherapy Education (FLIPPEd) - Creating autonomous learners: Flipping the paramedic and physiotherapy classrooms one week at a time'
  • 2008: $200,000 Department of Human Services Clinical Placements Strategy 'Building clinical placement capacity through Inter-Professional Education'
  • 2006: $50,000 Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Learning and Teaching Performance Fund – Projects Grant Scheme 'Can the use of wireless keypads increase student interaction in interprofessional health education?'
  • 2006: $177,000 Department of Human Services Clinical Placements Strategy 'Reducing the clinical placement burden on health services – creating a contemporary model of simulated clinical education using innovative teaching methods for multiple health care professions'
  • 2004: $18,009 Australian Postgraduate Award 'Pulmonary Risk Prediction in the Upper Abdominal Surgery Population'
  • 2003: $17,455 Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS) 'Pulmonary Risk Prediction in the Upper Abdominal Surgery Population'
  • 2003: $5,129 St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne Research Grant 'Pulmonary Risk Prediction in the Upper Abdominal Surgery Population'
  • 2002: $4,466 St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne Research Grant 'Pulmonary Risk Prediction in the Upper Abdominal Surgery Population'

Publications

Doctoral Thesis (PhD)

Scholes, RL (2005) Predicting pulmonary risk following upper abdominal surgery, The University of Melbourne.

Peer reviewed publications

  1. Williams B. Brown T. McCook F. Boyle M. Palermo C. Molloy A. McKenna L. Scholes R. French J. McCall L. (2011) A pilot study evaluating an interprofessional education workshop for undergraduate health care students. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 25(3):215-7
  2. Tipping CJ. Scholes RL. Cox NS. (2010) A qualitative study of physiotherapy education for parents of toddlers with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 9(3):205-11.
  3. Williams B. Brown T. Scholes R. French J. Archer F. (2010) Can interdisciplinary clinical DVD simulations transform clinical fieldwork education for paramedic, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and nursing students?. Journal of Allied Health. 39(1): 3-10.
  4. Scholes RL. Browning L. Sztendur EM. Denehy L. (2009) Duration of anaesthesia, type of surgery, respiratory co-morbidity, predicted VO2max and smoking predict postoperative pulmonary complications after upper abdominal surgery: an observational study. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. 55(3):191-8.
  5. Browning L, Denehy L, Scholes RL (2007) The quantity of early upright mobilisation performed following upper abdominal surgery is low: an observational study. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 53(1):47-52.

Book chapters

  1. Sullivan K. Reeve J. Ianthe Boden I. Lane R. (2016) Physiotherapy Following Emergency Abdominal Surgery, Actual Problems of Emergency Abdominal Surgery, Prof. Dmitry Garbuzenko (Ed.), InTech,  Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/actual-problems-of-emergency-abdominal-surgery/physiotherapy-following-emergency-abdominal-surgery (Book chapter)

Peer reviewed abstracts – International and National Presentations

  1. Williams B, McCook F, Brown T, French J, Palermo C, McKenna L, Scholes R, Boyle M, Dart J (2010); Are undergraduates 'ready’ for interprofessional learning? ANZAME
  2. McCook, F. Williams, B. Boyle, M. Brown, T. Dart, J. French, J. McKenna, L. Palermo, C. Scholes, R (2010); Do undergraduates learn what we want them to?  All Together Better Health 5 International Interprofessional Conference, Manly
  3. Williams, B. McCook, F. Boyle, M. Brown, T. Dart, J. French, J. McKenna, L. Palermo, C. Scholes, R (2010); Are undergraduates ‘ready’ for interprofessional learning? All Together Better Health 5 International Interprofessional Conference, Manly
  4. Williams, B. McCook, F. Brown, T. French, J. Palermo, C. McKenna, L. Scholes, R. Boyle, M. Dart, J. (2010) Are undergraduates ‘ready’ for interprofessional learning? ANZAME National Conference, Townsville
  5. Williams, B. McCook, F. Brown, T. French, J. Palermo, C. McKenna, L. Scholes, R. Boyle, M. Dart, J. (2010) Investigating undergraduate health care students' attitudes to interprofessional learning. Southern Health Research Week 2010, Clayton
  6. Williams, B. McCook, F. Brown, T. French, J. Palermo, C. McKenna, L. Scholes, R. Boyle, M. Dart, J. (2010) A pilot study evaluating an interprofessional education workshop for undergraduate health care students. Australian College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference 2010, Perth, Australia
  7. Williams, B. McCook, F. Brown, T. French, J. Palermo, C. McKenna, L. Scholes, R. Boyle, M. Dart, J. (2010) Validating the readiness for interprofessional learning scale (RIPLS) in undergraduate healthcare students. Australian College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference 2010, Perth, Australia
  8. Williams B, Scholes RL, Brown T, Lewis B, Boyle M,  Holt T, Kotsanas G (2008); Can Wireless Keypads Facilitate Interaction amongst Health Care Students in Interprofessional Learning Environments? SHOWCASE - HERDSA 2008 Conference
  9. Williams B, Brown T, Scholes RL, French J, Archer F, Boyle M (2008); Reducing the clinical placement burden on health services - creating a contemporary model of simulated clinical education using innovative teaching methods. Second International Clinical Skills Conference: Teaching, learning and assessing clinical skills:  Does one size fit all? Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal 10(2); 26-27
  10. Browning L, Denehy L, Scholes RL (2007) The effectiveness of a mobilisation program administered by physiotherapy assistants following upper abdominal surgery – a pilot study. Abstracts of Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia 10th Biennial Conference, Cairns, Australia, 4-8 October. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 54(eSupplement): S12
  11. Scholes RL, Denehy L, Sztendur E & Browning L (2007); Pulmonary Risk Predication in the Upper Abdominal Surgery Population. World Confederation of Physical Therapists Congress, Vancouver
  12. Scholes RL, Denehy L, Sztendur E and Browning L (2006); Development of a risk assessment tool for patients in a general surgical unit. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy Supplement S26
  13. Williams B, Brown T, Scholes RL, French J, Archer F, Boyle M (2006); Reducing the clinical placement burden on health services - creating a contemporary model of simulated clinical education using innovative teaching methods. Second International Clinical Skills Conference: Teaching, learning and assessing clinical skills:  Does one size fit all? Prato Monash Centre, Tuscany 1- 4 July 2007
  14. Williams B, Brown T, Scholes RL, French J, Archer F, Boyle M (2006); Reducing the clinical placement burden on health services - creating a contemporary model of simulated clinical education using innovative teaching methods. Second International Clinical Skills Conference: Teaching, learning and assessing clinical skills:  Does one size fit all? ANZAME journal
  15. Scholes RL, Denehy L, Sztendur E and Browning L (2005) Development of a risk assessment model to predict pulmonary risk following upper abdominal surgery. APA 9th National Cardiothoracic Conference, Melbourne
  16. Scholes R, Denehy L, Smith B, Nosworthy J (2003); Development of a physiotherapy pre-operative risk factor screening tool for patients in a general surgical unit. World Confederation of Physical Therapists Congress, Spain
  17. Scholes R, Denehy L, Smith B, Nosworthy J (2001); Development of a physiotherapy pre-operative risk factor screening tool for patients in a general surgical unit. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 47(4): 274.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PTY2031 - Physiotherapy 3 (Unit Coordinator)

Professional & community activities

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) - Member

Supervision of Post Graduate Research – Masters & Doctoral Theses

  1. Browning, Laura (2008) Melbourne Research Scholarship, Evidence based practice: Mobilisation in the upper abdominal surgery population, PhD
  2. Sullivan, Kate (2015 – MPhil current) ICEAGE RCT (Incidence of Complications following Emergency Abdominal Surgery)
  3. Wilson, Lisa (2015 – MPhil current) Development of the Alfred maximal incremental step test (A-max-i step test): an externally paced maximal incremental exercise test for use in adults with Cystic Fibrosis.
  4. Paton, Michelle (2016 – PhD current) Exercise prescription in the critical care patient
  5. Palmer, Katie (2016 – MPhil current) Community Cardiac Rehabilitation – A review of Physiotherapy service provision and health economics

Supervision of Honours Theses

  1. Tipping, Claire (2008) A qualitative study of physiotherapy education for parents of toddlers with cystic fibrosis.
  2. Knight, Matthew (2009) High-fidelity patient simulation in the training of undergraduate cardiorespiratory physiotherapy skills.
  3. Deutrom, Kara (2010) The perceived effectiveness of an educational package in improving knowledge and performance of physiotherapy in toddlers and young children with cystic fibrosis.
  4. Morrison, Ella (2016 current) The role of the calf muscle in wound healing in people with chronic venous leg ulcers
  5. Kostoglou, Karissa (2016 current) Exercise for prevention of PPC following elective upper abdominal surgery
  6. McPhee, David (2016 current) Gastroesophageal reflux in adults with cystic fibrosis Yousseff, Nicole (2016 current) The impact of musculoskeletal problems on exercise capacity in adults with cystic fibrosis

Professional Community, Committee and Association engagement

  • 1997-2017: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Member (APAM)
  • 1998-2017: APA Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia (CRPA) member (Titled 2006-2015)
  • 2010-2017: CRPA Professional Practice Standards Committee (PPSC) member
  • 2009-2017: APA Educators group member
  • 2005-2017: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) journal reviewer
  • 2005-2017: PRF (Physiotherapy Research Foundation) grant reviewer
  • 2015-2017: Australia and New Zealand Abdominal Surgery Research Group Founding member
  • 2005-2017: Post-graduate and Undergraduate Research Committee (PUGRC) member
  • 2005-2017: Clinical Advisory Committee member (Physiotherapy)
  • 2005-2017: Course Management committee member (Physiotherapy)
  • 2005-2017: Year 2 Physiotherapy committee member
  • 2005-2017: Chair, Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Working Party
  • 2015-2017: MIGR member, Monash University Institute of Graduate Research