Cabrini’s Centre for Allied Health Research and Education (CAHRE) was established in 2014. CAHRE’s strategy for Allied Health research is underpinned by our strong commitment to high quality and robust research that is both relevant to Cabrini’s population and is of interest to health research externally. Investment in our Allied Health staff to increase research capability is essential for delivering high quality clinical services and retaining the best clinicians. Our research activities will contribute to the evidence base for best patient care.

Goals of CAHRE

• to foster a culture of critical inquiry within Cabrini Allied Health and incorporate the role of research and evidence base practice into service delivery

• to provide high quality research mentoring, supervision and a supportive research culture

• to empower Allied Health clinicians to step into research and support the development of research skills

• to attract, support and retain research interested and research-active staff to undertake research, with the view to future supervision

• to deliver Allied Health research projects relevant to Cabrini and national health research

• to achieve a reputation for innovative, high quality Allied Health research

Research Interest Areas

CAHRE research interest areas have been informed by local, state and national contexts. Research activities supported in 2020-2023 will align with these areas:

1. Rehabilitation and management of chronic conditions and comorbidities

2. Exercise rehabilitation and wellness interventions for oncology patients and their caregivers

3. Clinical education and simulation

CAHRE is actively seeking collaboration with our network and university partners, and we are open to discussing other opportunities.

CAHRE is led by Dr. Annemarie Lee, Senior Research Consultant – Allied Health. Annemarie has had previous clinical experience in acute cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. Since completing her PhD in 2009, she has explored research in the field of physiotherapy for bronchiectasis and adjuncts to pulmonary rehabilitation for chronic respiratory disease. She completed a 2 year international postdoctoral fellowship in Toronto and is currently also based at Monash University as cardiorespiratory teaching lead.

Her research interest areas include music therapy and singing in chronic conditions, adjuncts to pulmonary rehabilitation, breathing pattern disorders and the prevalence of comorbidities and their management in chronic respiratory conditions. In commencing at Cabrini, Annemarie looks forward to working with clinicians in collaborative, cross-discipline research projects and exploring options for clinical education research, including simulation.

CAHRE is supported by Honorary Research Fellows A/Prof Helena Frawley, Dr Tash Brusco, Dr Kuan-Yin Lin & Research Assistant Sophie Jennings.

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