Chief Investigators: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof. Roslyn Boyd, Dr Yannick Bleyenheuft, Prof. Iona Novak, Prof. Catherine Elliott, Dr. Cathy Morgan, Dr Kerstin Pannek.

Associate Investigators: Sarah Reedman, Dr David Rowell, Ms Prue Golland, Prof Robert Ware.

The HABIT-ILE study will investigate the efficacy of an intensive day camp model of intensive upper and lower extremity training to improve gross motor function and bimanual hand performance in children aged 6-16 with bilateral cerebral palsy. We will secondarily investigate the impact of HABIT-ILE on walking efficiency, self-care, mobility, achievement of individualised occupational performance goals, quality of life, and neuroplasticity in this is a randomised waitlist controlled trial.

The HABIT-ILE study offers a range of opportunities suitable for new graduates as well as experienced clinicians. Opportunities exist for candidates with a range of backgrounds including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, human movements, medical, and or/health economists to undertake a PhD or Masters projects.

PhD Opportunities

  1. The efficacy of intensive bimanual training on bimanual hand skills and goal attainment in children and youth with bilateral cerebral palsy  
  2. The efficacy of intensive lower extremity training on gross motor function, walking efficiency and mobility  
  3. The relationship between clinical outcomes and neuroplasticity following intensive upper and lower extremity training in children with bilateral cerebral palsy  

Cost effectiveness of intensive group-based upper and lower extremity training for children and youth with bilateral cerebral palsy

For further information contact:

Dr Leanne Sakzewski

Phone: 07 3069 7345/ 0417758565