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Did you know that Malamulele Onward has an active research programme?

(Written by: Dr Gillian Saloojee)

Over the past eight years, no less than six therapists who have completed their Masters research with us or used our data for their research report or dissertation whilst one undergraduate student  wrote up her final year research project with data from one of our studies.

Former MO therapists Lindie Roos (nee Dalton) and Julia Aronstein (nee Burg) both did their Masters by course work whilst working at MO. Lindie developed an observational tool to describe the therapeutic handling a physiotherapist typically does during a therapy session whilst Julia developed a tool for assessing Self Care abilities in children with CP which is appropriate for resource-constrained rural settings. Both these tools need to be developed further so that they can be used in clinical settings, so if you are interested in doing some research with us on these tools, please do contact Gillian Saloojee on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Masters students who have worked with us include our former Board Member, Shelley Broughton who assisted with the three year research project we did Butterworth study and wrote up aspects of the study for her dissertation  “The effect of an intensive five day course of neurodevelopmental therapy on the occupational performance of children with cerebral palsy living in a poor rural area”;  and Marilyn Adan who analysed the qualitative data from the same study and wrote it up in a research report entitled “The influence of the Malamulele Onward intervention model on caregivers of children with Cerebral Palsy.”

Our full time Executive Director and part-time clinical researcher, Gillian  Saloojee, supervised Occupational Therapist, Lauren Davies,  for her Masters dissertation “Current occupational therapy and physiotherapy practice in implementing home programmes for young children with cerebral palsy in South Africa.”Love ina cup 1

Lydia Ngwana, our Parent Facilitator trainer, assisted Speech Therapist Marissa Venter with her dissertation “Effectiveness of a parent training programme on the use of communicative functions in young children with Cerebral Palsy.”  Another Speech Therapist, Tamaryn Pike, did a secondary data analysis of our study in Butterworth for her Masters dissertation “Feeding intervention in children with Cerebral Palsy over an 18 month period in the rural Eastern Cape.”  Speech Therapist Lauren Davisson used the same data for her fourth year undergraduate research project “Caregiver perceptions, feeding profiles and nutritional status of children with Cerebral Palsy in Mnquma health district in rural Eastern Cape” for which she received a distinction!

Currently, there are another five therapists busy with their Masters research with us – either using our data, or investigating aspects of our intervention approach – so watch this space and we will tell you more about current research projects in the coming months!

If you are interested in doing any research with us, Gillian would love to hear from you!

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