Entry for:2018 Queensland Women in STEM Prize
1. Please provide a short summary of your research, project or technology.
Infants with physical disabilities have difficulties with meeting developmental milestones such as reaching and rolling, and may have other long-term health complications. To make matters worse, families in low-resource contexts, such as villages in India, often struggle to manage these infant’s disability effectively due to the high cost of healthcare, and distance from health services. To facilitate these infants to develop and grow, the Learning through Everyday Activities Program (LEAP) is an innovative initiative which trains local mothers to coach and support other mothers with an infant with a disability, in the mother’s own home. My research seeks to evaluate the roll out of LEAP to understand what worked, how, in what circumstances and for whom it was effective. Mothers providing and receiving care will be interviewed to understand their perspective. Lessons learnt from the study will directly inform how LEAP is implemented in rural communities in North Queensland.
I am a PhD Candidate with the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre, and Occupational Therapy (Honours)/Diploma of Global Issues graduate from the University of Queensland. I...