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Personal profile


Lisa is the Director of Research for the School of Primary and Allied Health Care. She is based in the department of Occupational Therapy and teaches 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
  • Health Services Research, including workforce design and health literacy

She is a member of Monash Health's Allied Health Research Unit, working as a post-doc research fellow across several multidisciplinary projects.

External positions

Honorary, The Alfred

Aug 2016 → …

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2006 2018

Additional weekend allied health services reduce length of stay in subacute rehabilitation wards but their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness are unclear in acute general medical and surgical hospital wards: a systematic review

Sarkies, M. N., White, J., Henderson, K., Haas, R., Bowles, J. & Evidence Translation in Allied Health (EviTAH) Group, 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 64, 3, p. 142-158 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Cumulative incidence of carpal instability 12-24 months after fall onto outstretched hand

O'Brien, L., Robinson, L., Lim, E., O'Sullivan, H. & Kavnoudias, H., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Hand Therapy. 31, 3, p. 282-286 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effect of Psychosocial and Vocational Interventions on Return-To-Work Rates Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

O'Brien, L., Wallace, S. & Romero, L., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 38, 4, p. 215-223 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review


Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award

Elizabeth Jane O'Brien (Recipient), 24 Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Journal of Hand Therapy (Journal)

Lisa O'Brien (Editor in chief)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media

Printing a Helping Hand

Elizabeth Jane O'Brien & Chao Chen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research