The Lions John Cockayne Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund

About us


The Lions John Cockayne Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund was established in 1996 with donations from the Oakleigh Lions Club Elderly Peoples Home Inc. and Monash Health.


To support the clinician-driven research pertaining to the health, care and treatment of elderly persons by Monash Health Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services (RACS), Community Rehabilitation and SACS Specialist Clinic staff.

The LJCMFTF Committee


  • Prof Barbara Workman, Medical Director, Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services (Chair)
  • Dr Melanie Farlie, Allied Health Education Advisor and Physiotherapist
  • Mr Daniel Raftis, Business Manager, Monash Health
  • Dr Kate Bristow, Lions Club of Oakleigh Representative
  • Mr Shashi Kochhar, Lions Club of Oakleigh Representative
  • Mr Tony Wynd, Community Representative
  • Ms Julie Galloway and A/Prof Jakqui Barnfield, Nursing Representatives
  • Prof Peter Ebeling, Head, Department of Medicine at Monash University’s School of Clinical Sciences
  • Dr Rosa Gualano, MONARC Manager
  • Ms Rhoda Lai, Research Assistant, Kingston Centre.


The Lions John Cockayne Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund Committee meets four times per year:

  • February
    • To review reports/presentations from the previous year’s funding recipients.
  • May
    • To review reports/presentations on progress of the current year’s funding recipients.
  • August
    • To receive the report on annual earnings of the Fund.
    • To determine the amount to be disbursed in grants for the following calendar year.
    • To approve the call for applications.
  • November
    • To consider each application with their independent reviews.
    • To determine successful applications.

What we fund

Research projects

Grants of up to $15,000 will be provided to enable and support the development of clinician-driven research pertaining to the health, care and treatment of elderly persons. Eligibility is restricted to Monash Health Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services (RACS), Community Rehabilitation and SACS Specialist Clinic staff.

Travel fellowships

The purpose of the travelling fellowship is to support a staff member to travel interstate or overseas to:

1. Present their own research at a conference, or

2. Attend a conference, workshop, or training course with the specific aim of bringing back a new skill or knowledge which will be used to improve the care of older patients.

Eligibility is restricted to Monash Health RACS, Community Rehabilitation and SACS Specialist Clinic nursing, allied health and junior medical staff (senior medical staff excluded due to availability of alternative funding). The activity must focus on the health, care and treatment of elderly persons.

International travel will be supported up to $4,000 and interstate travel up to $1,000.

Grant timeline

The Lions John Cockayne Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund is committed to supporting high quality clinical research of benefit to older people, along with travel for study tours and conference presentations. In the current low-interest rate climate, the Trust’s investment earnings have been affected. Hence we have made the difficult decision that a grant round will not be offered in 2019 for projects to start in 2020.

The Trust hopes to advise in late 2019 or early 2020 if travel grants will be offered. In the interim, RACS staff considering a travel or research proposal are encouraged to speak with their manager in the first instance. Advice on draft research proposals is available from Dr Annette Davis, Manager of the WISER Unit and the MONARC Manager, Dr Rosa Gualano, who is also the LJCMFTF committee administrator.

  • September: Call for applications
  • October: Applications submitted
  • November: Applications considered by the committee
  • December: Applicants notified of outcome
  • January: Projects commence
  • May: Progress reports
  • December: Projects conclude, final reports and presentation of results

Forms and information

  • Application form is available via the link at the end of the page- for more information please contact Rosa Gualano
  • Governance of the Lions John Cockayne Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund (see document below)

Contact us

Professor Barbara Workman (Chair)

Dr Rosa Gualano (for information)

Research activities funded in 2011-2017

Research projects

  • (2019)  Exploring the feasibility of tele-rehabilitation to increase the intensity of speech pathology intervention for home-based clients (Ricci Presser)
  • (2018)  Effectiveness of short-term psychological intervention for patients with mood changes after stroke (Peta Prindiville)
  • (2018)  Does usual dietetic care across the continuum improve nutritional status, health related quality of life (HR-QoL) and clinical outcomes? (Lina Wang)
  • (2016) The efficacy of combined Telehealth/Webinar/Coaching (TWC) pathway for persistent pain patients (Marcus Bowler)
  • (2016) HOME- Putting the ME back into medication adherence at HOME- A novel approach (Jeremy Austin)
  • (2015) Efficacy of liquid sinemet in the management of complex motor fluctuations in advanced Parkinson’s disease (Chee Boon Sung)
  • (2015) Early aquatic physiotherapy following total hip or knee replacement – A pilot randomised controlled trial. Translation of scientific evidence into the public health care (Sarah Milne)
  • (2014) The transition to residential aged care: Perceptions of newly admitted residents with dementia, their families and facility staff (Tanya Davidson)
  • (2014) The clinical utility and clients’ perspectives of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) when used in a subacute rehabilitation occupational therapy setting: A pilot study (Debbie Rose)
  • (2013) Can family members help overcome the barriers to deprescribing psychotropic medications in aged residential facilities through their knowledge of residents’ medication histories? (Chris Plakiotis)
  • (2013) The impact of the MAXCOG intervention: The views of client, supporters and counsellors (Bridget Regan)
  • (2013) Social work in aged residential care (Michael Splawa-Neyman)
  • (2013) Acceptance and commitment therapy: Evaluation of a novel approach to enhance the quality of life of aged care residents (Tanya Davidson & Daniel O’Connor)
  • (2012) A longitudinal investigation of neurobehavioural change following stroke (Elissa O’Connell)
  • (2012) Development and validation of a severity scale for foot deformity related to Charcots Neuropathy (Cylie Williams & Shan Bergin)
  • (2012) Improved healing rates in diabetes related foot ulcers with low frequency ultrasolic debridement versus non-surgical sharps debridement – A randomised control trial (Lucia Michailidis)
  • (2012) A pilot randomised controlled trial of the effect of balance training on walking confidence and balance in adults with cerebral palsy (Jennifer McGinley & Dina Pogrebnoy)
  • (2012) The patient experience of rehabilitation aged care services: The untold story (Cathryn Keenan)
  • (2012) Can the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) Full Form score be used as a nutritional outcome measure for subacute inpatients with a length of stay of one month or less? (Karen McDougall)

Travel fellowships

  • 2019 – Travel to the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Delirium Society Conference (Brianna Walpole)
  • 2017 – World confederate of Physical Therapy Congress 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, 1-5 July 2017 (Mel Farlie)
  • 2017 – Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course, Portland, USA, 1-4 March 2017 (Gabrielle Writer)
  • 2016 – Post-doctoral research fellowship in Dr Steven Kahn’s laboratory, Seattle, USA (Dr Thinn Thinn Khine)
  • 2016 – Visit to the Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui Centre in New Zealand to learn about sensory modulation (Nicky Slocombe)
  • 2016 – Level 1 Training in Acquired Brain Injury, NSW, Feb 2016 (Jill Douthie)
  • 2016 – Level 1 Training in Acquired Brain Injury, NSW, Feb 2016 (Kate Reed)
  • 2016 – International Dementia Conference, Sydney, June 2016 (Jessica Yamin)
  • 2016 – The 4th AHLA International Health Literacy Conference, Vietnam, 7-9 Nov 2016 (Thanh Huynh)
  • 2016 – Intensive Course in Dysphagia Diagnosis and Management, New Zealand, 31 Oct-12 Nov 2016 (Lucy Bertino)
  • 2015 – Institute for Healthcare Improvement IHI and BMJ – International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare 2015, London, UK (Fiona Sutherland and Sue Liersch)