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Professor John Olver is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine and Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. In 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Director of the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit, the medical research arm of Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation. Currently Professor Olver is co-supervising seven PhD/Masters projects within the Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit.

Professor Olver's main research interest and a focus of publication concerns the outcomes following traumatic brain injury, through an ongoing prospective long term outcome study conducted at Epworth Rehabilitation and now in its 25th year. He is more recently published in the area of adult spasticity. His doctoral thesis on balance deficits following traumatic brain injury was presented in 2000. He is on the editorial boards of one national and two international medical journals, is current President of the Asia Oceania Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, a past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the Presidents Cabinet of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor Olver is on the Council of the World Neurological Rehabilitation Federation (WFNR) and Convenor of the 2012 Melbourne WFNR Scientific Conference Committee.

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Projects 2019 2021

Research Output 1991 2019

Improving Walking Ability in People With Neurologic Conditions: A Theoretical Framework for Biomechanics-Driven Exercise Prescription

Williams, G., Hassett, L., Clark, R., Bryant, A., Olver, J., Morris, M. E. & Ada, L., 1 Jun 2019, In : Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 100, 6, p. 1184-1190 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Outcomes from a compassion training Intervention for healthcare workers

Ling, D., Olver, J. & Petrakis, M., Jul 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOtherpeer-review

Predictors of inpatient rehabilitation after total knee replacement: an analysis of private hospital claims data

Simmonds, F. & Olver, J. H., 1 Feb 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 210, 2, p. 100-100 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Acute Predictors of Social Integration Following Mild Stroke

Wise, F. M., Harris, D. W., Olver, J. H., Davis, S. M. & Disler, P. B., 1 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 27, 4, p. 1025-1032 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A Prospective Analysis of Olfactory Impairment Recovery After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Drummond, M., Douglas, J. & Olver, J., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. 33, 1, p. 53-61 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review