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Dr Lisa Dillon

Biography
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Lisa Dillon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the School of Optometry and Vision Science and an Honorary Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. Lisa's research centres on designing and implementing accessible programs, with the aim of improving the physical and mental health of older Australians with vision impairment.

Lisa's PhD research examined the implementation of an exercise-based fall prevention program for older Australians with vision impairment in a real-world setting. This research was in collaboration with a community-based organisation involved in data collection and delivery of the program, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Previously Lisa worked as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, teaching individuals of all ages with vision impairment to travel safely, confidently and independently in their environment. Lisa brings this background to her research, ensuring her research is meaningful to participants and grounded in the realities of service provision.

Lisa's work involves both qualitative and quantitative research methodology, with a focus on including community partners and end-user perspectives into research design, interpretation and dissemination. Using a strengths-based approach, this program of research seeks to enhance research translation through investigating novel and pragmatic solutions which enhance the physical and mental health of those with vision impairment.

 

Research Groups

Research Topics

  • Cost-effectiveness of low vision services
  • Falls risk and low vision
  • Mental health and low vision

Research activities

PrevenTing Falls in a high risk, vision impaired population through specialist ORientation and Mobility services (PlaTFORM)

Community and Stakeholder perspectives on what mental health programs are appropriate for Australians with vision impairment