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Dr Melinda Randall
Dr Melinda Randall is a paediatric occupational therapist with more than 30 years clinical experience working with children with neurological impairments, predominantly cerebral palsy. Melinda has a keen interest in evaluating therapeutic outcomes for this group of children. This interest led to her being first author on an upper limb assessment of quality of movement for children with neurological impairment, The Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function' (MA). In 2010 she completed her doctoral studies to modify and extend the tool for use with younger children and assess the measurement properties of the scoring scale. The result of Melinda's PhD studies is the development of a revised version of the assessment titled 'The Melbourne Assessment 2' (MA2).
Melinda is currently the Senior Occupational Therapist, Clinical Education and Research within the Occupational Therapy Department, at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. She is a co-investigator on two multi-site trials on the effectiveness of rigid wrist hand orthoses in children with cerebral palsy. These trials are based at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and involve local and interstate collaborators from Monash Children's Hospital, Melbourne; Cerebral Palsy Alliance, New South Wales and Perth Children's Hospital, Perth.
- Research Associate, University of Melbourne
- Research Associate, Australian Catholic University
- July 2007: OT Australia Research Awards - Post Graduate Category
- January 2002: Australian Postgraduate Award
Dr Melinda Randall's research interests include evaluating interventions for children with cerebral palsy, measuring outcomes, tool development, facilitating clinician's use of evidence-based interventions, promoting family and child-centred practises and implementing standardised best care for all children.
- iWHOTrial (infant Wrist Hand Orthosis Trial): a multicentre randomised controlled trial of rigid wrist hand orthoses for young children with cerebral palsy (i.e. = 24 months)
- Minimising Impairment Trial: a multicentre randomised controlled trial of upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy (i.e. children aged 5 to 15 years)
Randall, M., Imms, C., Carey, L. & Pallant.J. (2014) Rasch analysis of the Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function . Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12391.
Williams K, Brignell A, Randall M, Silove N, Hazell P. (2013). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for treating people with autism spectrum disorders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Harvey A, Randall M, Reid S, Lee K, Imms C, Rodda J, Eldridge B, Orsini F, Reddihough D. (2013). Children with cerebral palsy and periventricular white matter injury: does gestational age affect functional outcome? Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9):2500-2506
Randall, M., Harvey, A., Imms, C., Reid, S., Lee, K. & Reddihough, D. (2012) Reliable classification of functional profiles and movement disorders of children with cerebral palsy Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics , 33(3):342–351, 2013. DOI: 10.3109/01942638. 2012.747584
Randall, M., Harvey, A., Imms, C., Eldridge, B., Rodda, J., Reid, S., Lee, K. & Reddihough, D. (2012) Children with cerebral palsy and periventricular white matter injury: do children born after 34 weeks' gestation have better functional outcomes. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 54 (5)s5: 12
Randall, M., Imms, C. & Carey, L. (2012) Further evidence of validity of the Modified Melbourne Assessment for neurologically impaired children aged 2 to 4 years. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 54(5): 424-428
Randall, M., Johnson, L. & Reddihough, D.S. (2011). The Melbourne Assessment 2: a test of unilateral upper limb function. [Online assessment tool with instructional component] Melbourne: Royal Children's Hospital
Hoare, B., Imms, C., Randall, M. & Carey, L. (2011) Linking cerebral palsy upper limb measurements to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Journal Rehabilitation Medicine. 43: 987–996
Galvin, J., Randall, M., Hewish, S., Rice, J. & MacKay, M.T. (2010). Family centred outcome measurement following paediatric stroke. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(3), 152 – 158