Welcome to our regular LINK ROUND UP BLOG for your perusing pleasure! Read on, save for later, share on social – here are some awesome links you, as an awesome allied health professional, need to know about right now…




Neurology Feature

This is such a HUGE topic, hence our BLOG is jam-packed this month!..


Obviously we can’t fit EVERYTHING in but please add in the comments any additional links, resources, blogs or research going on that may be of interest to those ALLIED HEALTH working in NEURO….








Blogs & Influencers

Growing demand for occupational therapists – Read this interview in the Sydney Morning Herald with Leanne Healy – OT of the Year 2018 – Australian Allied Health Awards

Selma Blair’s first interview on TV since diagnosis of MS… and have you seen her fashion choice including customised walking stick for the Oscars?


New breakthrough in understanding a severe child speech disorder–  Blog and link to research article via Source Kids website




Got a patient or two (!) really struggling to move forward and ‘stuck in the loop’? Have a read of this article and share it with your patients… Great read by the Brain & Spine Foundation in the UK – Coping with a neurological problem– Well written and some lovely relatable testimonial stories…

Also loving these FACT SHEETS – several neuro procedures covered in easy to understand language and images… eg Angiogram, Coiling of Brain Aneurysms, Spinal Strokes and even MRI and CT scans..




Equipment & Resources

Stroke Foundation – Australia’s National Stroke Foundation provides support and information for survivors, their carer’s and health professionals.

InforME – For health professionals – Awesome resources, including clinical tools and guidelines and FREE online learning modules

EnableME – For stroke survivors, their carers and families – information, handouts, chat forums, podcasts, support groups and more!

Best practice clinical guidelines for the management of stroke –

STROKE Research Projects Seeking Participant’sLet your patients know what’s happening around Australia and keep up to date with the latest research projects – get involved and support STROKE RESEARCH in Australia!



Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney, Australia. As a leader in brain and nervous system research, our goal is to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research. NeuRA are developing apps to assist with clinicians and research – have a look at the list developed already..

Awesome PODCASTS also available – like this one The Brain & The Immune System




Top Tips For Working With Lower Motor Neuron Facial Weakness – FREE RESOURCE in our ALLIED HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES PD LIBRARY!










Beyond Stroke – Living Independently With One Arm is a book written by Kate Ryan, a stroke survivor herself… Full of those practical tips and visuals of how to teach yourself to complete your daily activities. Kate also writes a pretty cool blog – check it out here











Clinical Resources

Mindfulness – Are you educating your clients on Mindfulness practice? It can literally change the structure of the brain!  Watch this recent series on ABC Australian channel





ALLIED HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES – FREE WEBINAR! Changes & Updates in Neurological Therapy







FND HOPE is a global not-for-profit organisation endeavouring to bring education and research to health professionals and hope to those affected by FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS.

Watch this FREE webinar – Professor Jon Stone discusses highlights of 2018 and looks to research in 2019. FND patient Q & A too… Don’t forget to record this session in your PD templates!







Parkinson’s Disease in Adults – UK NICE GUIDELINE 2017

Parkinson’s Australia information sheet




Centre For Genetics Education – Fact sheet 51 -Parkinson’s Disease – GREAT detailed refresher for all AHPs…. Second most common Neurological disorder in Australia.








Have you checked out ALLIED HEALTH VIRTUAL CONFERENCE? Great Webinar for you to watch when it suits you – PARKINSON’S DISEASE MANAGEMENT UPDATE. Learn from PD gurus Dr Paul Cooper (UK’s NICE Guideline) & Melissa McConaghy (PT, Founder PD Warrior)




Fox Trial Finder – This super interesting website is a global database of current neurological clinical trials… Great information offering for clients but also a very cool place of info for HP’s to keep up with the latest!










FREE upper limb, lower limb and whole body exercise diagrams at www.physiotherapyexercises.com




Great explanation and recording of ‘How To – Mental Imagery‘ for UPPER LIMB TRAINING…




Self Care

27 Things You Can Do To Care For Your Brain

Eat dark chocolate, get out for a walk, sing about your problems, learn to self-soothe, try activities with your non-dominant hand… Maybe just don’t try all these at the same time 😊




International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2019, Vol 21 (1) The development and feasibility of an online aphasia group intervention and networking program – TeleGAIN

Neuropsychology, 2018, Vol 32 (4), 509-515 Reduced awareness for apraxic deficits in left hemisphere stroke.

Evidence-Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation – Aphasia & Apraxia (2018) This is a great read and reference (all 78 pages!) for all disciplines working in the Neurological population…

BMC Neurology, 2018, Vol Improving physical activity after stroke via treadmill training and self management (IMPACT): a protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Journal of Physiotherapy, 2019, Vol 65 (1) In inpatient rehabilitation, large amounts of practice can occur safely without direct therapist supervision: an observational study

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2019, Vol 73 (1)
Cognitive, Emotional, and Physical Functioning as Predictors of Paid Employment in People With Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury

Brain Injury Journal, 2012, Vol 26 (13-14)
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) improves long-term mental fatigue after stroke or traumatic brain injury


2019 Insight into Parkinsons Disease





Upper Limb Retraining Workshops

  • Melbourne – 31 March – 2 April 2019
  • Townsville – 4-6 May 2019
  • Gold Coast – 10-12 May 2019

Retraining Lower Limb Skills Following Stroke & Brain Injury – 22/23/24 June 2019, in Thomastown Victoria- http://nrah.com.au/


EMPOWERING CONVERSATIONS WORKSHOP (SYDNEY)-  28th March 2019. Author Anjelo Ratnachandra of popular and inspirational book Beyond Pain is running an exclusive 1 day workshop For Insurers, Occupational Rehabilitation Providers, Employers & Treating Health Practitioners on EMPOWERING CONVERSATIONS.


ACA Neuroscience Webinar – Concussion Clinical Assessment 20th March 2019



PD Warrior – Level 2 – Practical Workshops Sydney / Melbourne / Perth – dates in May 2019 & Brisbane – July 2019


Check out our FREE DATABASES of great links, services, events and resources and let us know how we can help you!  Until next time, let’s support each other! #alliedhealthprofessionsrule


Sarena Jones

Director @ Allied Health Support Services

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