The Lions John Cockayne Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund

Learn more about 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 Aged and Rehabilitation Services, Community Rehabilitation and SACS Specialist Clinic staff.

The Lions John Cockayne Memorial Fellowship Trust Fund Committee


  • Dr Amelia Crabtree, Program Medical Director (Chair)
  • Mr Dux Balendran, General Manager, Kingston, Aged & Rehabilitation
  • Dr Rosa Gualano, Monash Ageing Research Centre (MONARC) Manager (Administrator)
  • Mr Anthony Burton, Business Manager, Monash Health
  • Dr Abby Foster, Allied Health Research Lead
  • Dr Sarah Milne, Clinical Research Lead, Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology
  • Dr Katie Palmer, Allied Health Lead, Victorian Heart Hospital
  • Dr Kate Bristow, Lions Club of Oakleigh Representative
  • Ms Rosemary Barker, Lions Club of Oakleigh Representative
  • Ms Sue Viney, Community Representative
  • Professor Barbara Workman, Community Representative
  • Ms Kathryn White, Director of Clinical Operations (Rehabilitation Stream) and Nursing Representative


The Lions Trust Committee meets four times per year, usually near the end of February, May, August and November.

What we fund

It is likely that the Trust will offer research grants in the second half of 2024. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposed research or travel with their manager; managerial approval is required for all grants.

Eligibility is restricted to Monash Health nursing, allied health and junior medical staff from Aged and Rehabilitation Services, SACS Specialist Clinics, Community Rehabilitation, Residential Care and Aged Persons’ Mental Health. Senior medical staff can apply for research grants, but not for travel.

Advice on planning a research project is available from Dr Rosa Gualano, MONARC Manager and Dr Abby Foster, Allied Health Research Adviser.

The Trust committee encourages applicants to do some general training in research skills, such as the short courses offered by the Monash Health Library – visit their Education and Training page to learn more.

Research activities funded since 2012

Many of our publications are listed here in the new Monash Health Research Repository.

Research projects

  • (2024) Implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve amount of exercise and therapy time for patients on subacute units at Monash Health (Samantha Beder, Physiotherapy, funded for Implementing Improvement training).
  • (2024) Use of Physitrack and Physiapp in older adults (over 65 years) living within the community setting. (Sarah Newton, Exercise Physiology, funded for Implementing Improvement training).
  • (2024) Implementation of a transdisciplinary pressure injury risk assessment and management procedure and tool in an ambulatory setting (home and clinic). (Tamara Jackson, Physiotherapy, funded for Implementing Improvement training).
  • (2022) The prevalence of vitamins and minerals supplements prescribed on discharge and the prescribing patterns in subacute hospital settings – a cross sectional study (Shir Mei Goh)
  • (2020) Exploration of home assessment practices and influences on the clinical reasoning of occupational therapists in a large public health service (Susan Fone)
  • (2020)  Exploring the translation of evidence into practice in balance exercise prescription using an interpretive description approach (Liz Dalla Santa)
  • (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)
  • Application form is available via the link at the end of the page – for more information, please contact Rosa Gualano