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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

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The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department at the WCH undertakes research to assist with the evaluation and advancement of science, technology, and therapy practices that are central in managing children with cognitive and physical disabilities.

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department of the Women's and Children's Hospital undertakes research in paediatric rehabilitation to assist with the evaluation and advancement of science, technology, and therapy practices that are central in managing children with cognitive and physical disabilities. It is a priority of this department that all staff can be supported to participate in research activities.

Current research interests

Current research interests include:

  1. The effect of chronic illness on the ability of adolescents to drive a motor vehicle.
  2. The progression of motor development in children with cerebral palsy between 5 and 10 years of age.
  3. The effects of mild traumatic brain injury in children.
  4. Robotics – can this novel treatment enhance functional outcomes for youths requiring rehabilitation?
  5. Pilot study investigating the effectiveness of a medication to improve pain in children with dystonic cerebral palsy.

Collaboration with other research units is an area for further development. Students wanting to undertake projects in paediatric rehabilitation are welcome to contact us on 08 8161 7367.

Research is a regular agenda item on the department’s monthly staff meetings. Membership of this group is open to all staff within the department. As the research meetings have been recently established, initial work is being undertaken to determine the scope and duties of the meeting, with a focus on advancing research projects within the department.

List of publications

Dr Remo (Ray) Russo

Russo, R. N., Flett, P., Skuza, P., & Sandelance, M. (2011). Relation between upper limb impairment level measures and functional outcome in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol, 53, (S5), 26.

Russo, R. N., Rice, J., Chern, P. M., Raftos, J. (2011). Minimal and mild paediatric brain injury: a 3-year cohort of consecutive presentations. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. Oct 14 [Epub ahead of print].

Flett, P. & Russo, R. N. (2011). Neural tube defects, large heads, and hydrocephalus. In M. J. Robinson & D. M. Roberston (Eds.), Practical Paediatrics 6th Edition. Churchill Livingstone Publishers, Melbourne.

Sawyer, M. G., Bittman, M., La Greca, A. M., Crettenden, A. D., Borojevic, N., Raghavendra, P., & Russo, R. N. (2011). Time demands of caring for children with cerebral palsy: what are the implications for maternal mental health?. Dev Med Child Neurol, 53, 338-343.

Fehlings, D., Novak, I., Berweck, S., Hoare, B., Stott, N. S. & Russo, R. N. (2010). Botulinum toxin assessment, intervention and follow-up for paediatric upper limb hypertonicity: international consensus statement. European Journal of Neurology, 17, 380-56.

Russo, R. N., Zarrinkalam, R., Rice, J., & Brook, P. (2010). Hip displacement and quality of life in severe cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol, 52 (S2) , 17.

Flett, P. J., Baulderstone, D., Russo, R. N., & Davies, R. P. (2010). Spinal arteriovenous malformations presenting as spastic monoplegic cerebral palsy in a child. Journal of Pediatric Child Health, 10.

Russo, R. N., Atkins, R., Haan, E., Crotty, M. (2009). Upper limb orthoses and assistive technology utilisation in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy recruited from a population register. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 12, 92-99.

Hoare, B. J. & Russo, R. N. (2009). Upper-limb movement training in children following injection of botulinum neurotoxin A. In I. Soderback (Ed.), International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions. New York: Springer Publishers: 343-350.

Russo, R. N., Goodwin, E. J., Miller, M. D., Haan, E. A., Connell, T. M., Crotty, M. (2008). Self-esteem, self-concept, and quality of life in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatrics, 153, 473-477.

Russo, R. N., Miller, M.D., Haan, E., Cameron, I. D., Crotty, M. (2008). Pain characteristics and their association with quality of life and self-concept in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy identified from a population register. Clin J Pain, 24, 335-342.

Russo, R. N., Crotty, M., Miller, M. D., Murchland, S., Flett, P., & Haan E. (2007). Upper-limb botulinum toxin A injection and occupational therapy in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy identified from a population register: a single-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Pediatrics, 119, e1149-e1158.

Van Zelst, B. R., Miller, M. D., Russo, R. N. , Murchland, S., & Crotty, M. (2006). Activities of daily living in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: a cross-sectional evaluation using the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills. Dev Med Child Neurol, 48, 723-727.

Russo, R. N. & O’Flaherty, S. (2000). Bromocriptine for the management of autonomic dysfunction after severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 36, 283-285.

Russo, R. N., Rice, J., Chern, P. M., Raftos, J. (2011). Minimal and mild paediatric brain injury: a 3-year cohort of consecutive presentations. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. Oct 14 [Epub ahead of print].

Russo, R. N., Zarrinkalam, R., Rice, J., & Brook, P. (2010). Hip displacement and quality of life in severe cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol, 52 (S2) , 17.

Dr James Rice

Stewart K, Tavender E, Rice J, Harvey A. Identification, classification and assessment of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy: A survey of clinicians. J Paed Child Health 2017; doi:10.1111/jpc.13749.

Rice J, Skuza P, Russo R, Baker F, Fehlings D. Identification and measurement of dystonia in cerebral palsy population. Dev Med Child Neurol 2017; DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13502.

Rice J, Baker F, Russo R. The spectrum of movement disorders in a cerebral palsy population. Dev Med Child Neurol 2016; 58 (S5): 47.

Hasnat MJ, Rice JE. Intrathecal baclofen for treating spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD004552. DOI: 10.1002/14651858. CD004552.pub2.

Rice J, Russo R, Baker F, Rice N. Relationship between neuroimaging classification and hypertonia patterns in a population with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol 2014; 56 (S5): 29.

Zarrinkalam R, Rice J, Brook P, Russo R. Hip displacement and overall function in severe cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2012: Jan 1: 4(3): 197-203.

Forrester M., Srinivasan J., Mihrshahi S., Waugh M., O’Flaherty S., Rice J., Graham HK. Conscious sedation or general anaesthetic for intramuscular BoNT-A injections in children – a two centre cross-sectional prospective audit. Eur J Paed Neurol 2012; 16: 215 – 217.

Paxton G, Rice J, Davie G, Carapetis J and Skull S. East African Immigrant Children have poor immunization coverage. J Paed Child Health 2011: 47 (12): 888-892.

Russo R, Rice J, Chern PM, Raftos J. Minimal and mild traumatic brain injury: A 3-year cohort of consecutive presentations. Devel Neurorehab 2011: 15; 13-18.

Galvin, J., Hewish, S., Rice, J. & MacKay, M.T. (2011). Functional outcome following pediatric stroke. Devel Neurorehab, 14(2): 67-71.

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.

Rice J, Russo R, Halbert J, van Essen P, Haan E. Motor function in five-year-old children with cerebral palsy in the South Australian population. Dev Med Child Neurol 2009; 51: 551-556.

Rice J, Waugh MC. Pilot study on Trihexyphenidyl in the treatment of dystonia in children with cerebral palsy. J Child Neurol 2009; 24 (2): 176-82.

Dr Marianne Spizzo

Fereday, J., MacDougal, C., Spizzo, M., Darbyshire, P., & Schiller, W. (2009). There's nothing i can't do: I just put my mind to it: A qualitative analysis of how children with chronic disease and their parents account for and manage physical activity. BMC Pediatrics, 9 (1), 1-40.

Dr Andrew Tidemann

Steinbok, P., Tidemann, A. J., Miller, S., Mortenson, P., Bowen-Roberts, T. (2009). Electrophysiologically guided versus non-electrophysiologically guided slective dorsal rhizotomy for spastic cerebral palsy: a comparison of outcomes. Child Nerv Syst, 25, 1091-1096.

Dr Rosa Zarrinkalam

Zarrinkalam R, Rice J, Brook P, Russo R. Hip displacement and overall function in severe cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Rehabil Med 2012: Jan 1: 4(3): 197-203.

Russo, R. N., Zarrinkalam, R., Rice, J., & Brook, P. (2010). Hip displacement and quality of life in severe cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol, 52 (S2), 17.

Zarrinkalam, R., Russo, R.N., Gibson, C.M., Van Essen, Ph., Peek, A.K., Eric, A. (March 2010). CP or Not CP? A review of diagnosis in a cerebral palsy register. Pediatr Neurol, 42(3): 177-180.

Ms Felicity Baker

Rice J, Skuza P, Russo R, Baker F, Fehlings D. Identification and measurement of dystonia in cerebral palsy population. Dev Med Child Neurol 2017; DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13502.

Rice J, Baker F, Russo R. The spectrum of movement disorders in a cerebral palsy population. Dev Med Child Neurol 2016; 58 (S5): 47.

Rice J, Russo R, Baker F, Rice N. Relationship between neuroimaging classification and hypertonia patterns in a population with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol 2014; 56 (S5): 29.