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Personal profile


Lisa is the Director, NDIA Evidence Service (Contract research for National Disability Insurance Agency) and was formerly Director of Research for the School of Primary and Allied Health Care. She is a member of the department of Occupational Therapy, teaching into Graduate Entry and Undergraduate courses.

Her research has built on her PhD (completed in 2011) which incorporated quantitative (RCT, cohort, and audit) and qualitative methods to explore the issue of treatment adherence in people with acute hand injuries. She now has two key streams of research:

  • Clinical research, specifically the management of upper limb injuries and limb absence
  • Health Services Research, including workforce design and health literacy


External positions

Honorary, Alfred Health

Aug 2016 → …

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Research Output

Aussie Rules players risk injuring hands and wrists too

Robinson, L. & O'Brien, L. J., 17 Feb 2020, Australia : The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Facilitating Adherence to the Plan of Care

O'Brien, L. J. & Robinson, L. S., 2020, Cooper's Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity. Wietlisbach, C. M. (ed.). 3rd ed. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier - Mosby, p. 138-142 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

A novel counterbalanced implementation study design: Methodological description and application to implementation research

Sarkies, M. N., Skinner, E. H., Bowles, K. A., Morris, M. E., Williams, C., O'Brien, L., Bardoel, A., Martin, J., Holland, A. E., Carey, L., White, J. & Haines, T. P., 2 May 2019, In : Implementation Science. 14, 1, 11 p., 45.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Barriers and facilitators to adopting functional maintenance initiatives for acutely hospitalised older adults

Kavanagh, A. Y., O’Brien, L. J., Maloney, S. R. & Osadnik, C. R., 13 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award

Lisa O'Brien (Recipient), 24 Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

11th Triennial IFSHT and 14th IFSSH Congress

Lisa O'Brien (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Journal of Hand Therapy (Journal)

Lisa O'Brien (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

Printing a Helping Hand

Lisa O'Brien & Chao Chen


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research