Monthly Forums

The RAIL team organises monthly online forums with guest speakers invited to present on a specific topic across the three streams of Ageing, Rehabilitation and Independent Living.

A list of the past RAIL forums and information on the upcoming forum can be found below.

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Upcoming RAIL Members and Partners forum

The next RAIL forum titled Overcoming challenges to conducting clinical trials in health service settings, will be held via Zoom on Monday 18th July, 12.00-1.00pm, AEST.

The event flyer can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

If you would like to register now, please click HERE.

Past RAIL Members and Partner forum

2022

DateSpeakersTopic(s)/Title(s)
JuneDr Natasha Layton (Occupational therapist and Senior Research Fellow with RAIL Research Centre)

Dr Natasha Brusco (Physiotherapist, health economist, and Rehabilitation Stream Lead for the RAIL Research Centre)

Ms Lauren Henley (Policy practitioner and senior project lead with COTA Victoria and campaign manager of the AT for All Campaign)
The Australian Assistive Technology Equity Study: Bringing together practice AND evidence, and campaigning to influence systemic change
MayDr Nicole Robinson (Research Fellow, Department of Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University)

Professor Pei-Lee Teh (Head of Department of Management at the School of Business and Director of Gerontechnology Laboratory, Monash University)

Dr Pamela Carreno-Medrano (Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University)

Ms Tina Wu (PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University)
Robotics in health care: The future is here
AprilProfessor Keith Hill (Director, Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre)

Professor Anne Tiedemann (Lead of the Healthy Ageing research theme at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney) 

Dr Morag Taylor (Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, UNSW Sydney)

Professor Terry Haines (Head of School of of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University)
Falls prevention in the community - What's new?
MarchDr Em Bould (Senior post-doctoral research fellow, School of Primary and Allied Healthcare, Monash University)Pilot of ‘Dog Buddies’ – A dog-walking program to foster and support community inclusion for people with cognitive disabilities
FebruaryAssociate Professor Libby Callaway (Occupational Therapist, RAIL Research Centre Independent Living Stream Lead, Occupational Therapy Department, Monash University)In conversation with - Associate Professor Libby Callaway

2021

DateSpeakersTopic(s)/Title(s)
NovemberMs Louise Puli (Australian orthotist / prosthetist working as a consultant with the WHO)

Dr Natasha Layton (Occupational therapist and Senior Research Fellow  with RAIL Research Centre, Monash University)
Access to Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 pandemic: a global study
OctoberDr Rachel Winterton (Senior research fellow with the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, convenor of the Australian Association of Gerontology Rural, Regional
and Remote Special Interest Group)

Dr Tshepo Rasekaba (Research Fellow with the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing  Research, La Trobe University)

Access to care in regional and remote communities for
older adults and people with chronic conditions

  • Access to services for older adults in rural Australia (Dr Winterton)
  • Royal Flying Doctor Telehealth Specialist Service (FDT-SS) in Rural Victoria (Dr Rasekaba)
SeptemberMr Asher Kirk (Senior orthopaedic physiotherapist at The Alfred Hospital, PhD student at Monash University)

Ms Yulisna Mutia Sari (Physiotherapist from Indonesia, international PhD student undertaking research in the Monash RAIL Research Centre sponsored by Australia Awards Scholarship)

Ms Helen Kugler (Physiotherapist at Cabrini, PhD student at La Trobe University)

PhD Students -Project showcase

  • Sedentary behaviour and physical activity levels during and after hospitalisation in people with orthopaedic trauma (Mr Kirk)
  • Current physiotherapy practice on delivering treatments for older people with dementia in  Indonesia: A cross-sectional study (Ms Mutia Sari)
  • Risk Assessment for Moving Patients (RAMP): A nursing manual handling program that  changes behaviour (Ms Kugler)
AugustProfessor Terry Haines (Head of School of of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University)

Dr Natasha Brusco (Rehabilitation Stream Lead at the RAIL Research Centre, Monash University, health economist and neurological physiotherapist)

Ms Sara Whittaker (Occupational Therapist and PhD student at Monash University)

Cost-effective rehabilitation models of care

  • What is Health Economics and why this is important when evaluating rehabilitation models of care (Prof Haines)
  • Cost effectiveness of additional weekend allied health services in rehabilitation (Dr Brusco)
  • Economic evaluation of the My Therapy program (Ms Whittaker)
JulyDr Leo Ng (Senior lecturer at the School of Allied Health, Curtin  University)Simplifying systematic reviews: Research Screener (Making Science Smarter)
JuneAssociate Professor Louisa Willoughby (Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literature, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University)

Dr Jim Hlavac (Senior lecturer, School of Languages, Literature, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University)

Multilingualism in health care settings: The challenges and opportunities

  • Overview of the potential for linguists to enhance communication in clinical practice and research (A/Prof Willoughby)
  • Linguistics projects recently undertaken in health care, ageing and disability settings, with a particular focus on interpreting and translation (Dr Hlavac)
MayDr Ben Gauntlett (Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission)

Associate Professor Kate Tregloan (Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning (Teaching Quality) and Director of the Built Environments Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne)

Professor Nigel Bertram (Director of NMBW Architecture Studio and Practice Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Monash University)
Housing, technology and community design - Rules for living
AprilDr Julia Gilmartin-Thomas (Pharmacist and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University)

Professor Jeff Hughes (One of inventors of PainChek®, along with Mustafa Atee and Kreshnik Hoti, former Head, School of Pharmacy at Curtin University, Chief Scientific Officer for PainChek Ltd)

The challenge of pain assessment and management in people with dementia

  • Research update as Head of the Chronic Pain and Medication Use in Ageing Research Group (Dr Gilmartin-Thomas)
  • PainChek® Story: Converting a good idea into clinical practice (Prof Hughes)
MarchAssociate Professor Libby Callaway (Occupational Therapist, RAIL Research Centre Independent Living Stream Lead, Occupational Therapy Department, Monash University)

Professor Nick Taylor (Professor of Allied Health, La Trobe University and Eastern Health)

Associate Professor Rene Stolwyk (Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, clinical neuropsychologist, Lead of the Monash TeleNeuropsychology Service)

Healthcare in the time of COVID - The role of telehealth

  • Opportunities and challenges when providing telehealth-based allied health
    services with people with disability and their key supporters, and the importance of building the telecapacity of NDIS participants, their supporters, and near-graduates in the field of allied health (A/Prof Callaway)
  • NHMRC-funded project on telephone-based health coaching to increase physical activity after hip fracture ('MI Hip') (Prof Taylor)
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of a novel teleneuropsychology rehabilitation service to rural inpatient stroke services, including impact on patient access/outcomes, service quality and facilitators/barriers to implementation (A/Prof Stolwyk)
FebruaryProfessor Helen Skouteris (Monash Warwick Alliance Joint Professor of Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science, Head of the Health and Social Care Unit, and Co-Lead of the Division of Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative and Implementation Methods, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University)

Associate Professor Christian Barton (Physiotherapist, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, La Trobe University)

Why aren't we better at translating research into practice?

  • Overview of implementation science, with examples of project outcomes, and challenges/issues to consider in developing implementation projects (Prof Skouteris)
  • Challenges and success of the GLA:D Australia implementation project, which
    provides guideline-based education and exercise-therapy to people with hip and knee osteoarthritis (A/Prof Barton)

2020

DateSpeakersTopic(s)/Title(s)
DecemberProfessor Tom Shakespeare (Bioethicist, international disability researcher, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)What does Disability Right have to do with Rehabilitation?
NovemberDr Darshini Ayton (Consumer and Community Involvement Fellow for Monash Partners and the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI))

Mr Ben Horgan (WA Health Translation Network within the Consumer and Community Involvement Program as a Consumer and Community Involvement Coordinator sharing his time between Curtin University and The WA Health Departments Research and Innovation Office)

Meaningful engagement of consumers across the research

  • The how and why of consumer and community involvement across the research continuum: Perspectives from researchers, consumer organisations and health services (Dr Ayton)
  • Being a Musculoskeletal Consumer Rep – bringing the Lived Experience to the table (Mr Horgan)
OctoberMs Lizzie Castles (Senior Policy Advisor, Allied Health Workforce, Health Service and Workforce Policy, DHHS Victoria)

Associate Professor Libby Callaway (Occupational Therapist, RAIL Research Centre Independent Living Stream Lead, Occupational Therapy Department, Monash University)

Dr Em Bould (Senior Research Fellow, Occupational Therapy Department, Monash University)

The Allied Health Capability framework: disability and complex support needs

  • Presentation of the new Framework and its application by various allied health professions (Ms Castles)
  • Presentation of the draft web-based resources developed for people with disability and their families, as well as the free online learning management system, designed for allied health professionals and students (A/Prof Callaway and Dr Bould)
SeptemberProfessor Briony Dow (Director, National Ageing Research Institute)

Associate Professor Susan Slatyer (Discipline of Nursing, Murdoch University)

Associate Professor Helen Bourke-Taylor (Dept of Occupational Therapy Dept, Monash University)

Valuing, supporting and working with carers to sustain their role

  • Unmet needs of family carers: findings from the Survey of Disability and Carers (SDAC) (Prof Dow)
  • The Further Enabling Care at Home program: Supporting family carers of older people after hospital discharge (A/Prof Slatyer)
  • How can family carers improve their own health and wellbeing?: One evidence based example (A/Prof Bourke-Taylor)
JulyAssociate Professor Rosalie Wang (Occupational therapist and researcher with Canada’s Age Well network)

Ms Louise Puli (Australian orthotist / prosthetist working as a consultant with the World Health Organisation)

Living well across the lifespan and across the globe: perspectives from international researcher/practitioners

  • International ageing: view from Canada (A/Prof Wang)
  • International NCD’s: view from Australia (Ms Puli)
JuneProfessor Derick Wade (Professor in Neurorehabilitation Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University)Novel approaches to enhance mobility of older adults: targeting injury prevention and physical activity
MayAssociate Professor Dawn Mackey (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada)Novel approaches to enhance mobility of older adults: targeting injury prevention and physical activity
FebruaryMs Emma Gee (Inspirational Speaker & Author)

Dr Ben Sinclair (Research Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Monash Data Futures Institute)

Associate Professor Libby Callaway (Occupational Therapist, RAIL Research Centre Independent Living Stream Lead, Occupational Therapy Department, Monash University)

Kylie Rice (Occupational Therapist, Neurological Rehabilitation, Epworth Healthcare)

Dr Natasha Layton ( (Occupational therapist and Senior Research Fellow  with RAIL Research Centre, Monash University)

Emerging Technologies for Independent Living Forum

2019

DateSpeakersTopic(s)/Title(s)
DecemberMs Joy Green (Fitness Service Coordinator, Monash Sport)

Professor Terry Haines (Head of School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University)

Associate Professor Michele Callisaya (Peninsula Clinical School, Monash University)

Professor Jane Banaszak-Holl (School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University)

Dr Nikos Thomacos (Occupational Therapy)

Who’s doing what in ageing research?

  • Monash Sport program for the Active Ageing (Ms Gree)
  • PRACTIS - PRimary health and Aged Care Translation and Interpreting (Prof Haines)
  • Using technology to improve the physical and cognitive health of older Australians (A/Prof Callisaya)
  • Diagnosing dementia: How does it shape the services and care individuals receive (Prof Banaszak-Holl)
  • Understanding and responding to loneliness in people aged 65+: An empirical and theoretical examination (Dr Thomacos)
OctoberProfessor Keith Hill (Director, Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre)Demystifying RAIL – the vision, what it offers to the Monash and external communities, and an introduction to the Director