Occupational therapy for people with brain arteriovenous malformation: Indicators for pre-operative assessment and intervention

Joan M. O'Donnell, Michael M. Morgan, Maurizio Manuguerra

University of Sydney

Dr Joan O'Donnell is a lecturer in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and teaches in the undergaduate and Masters courses. Joan is a registered Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Driver Assessor with a clinical practice in driver health screening. Joan’s research background includes completion of a M.Sc(Med.) from The University Of Sydney investigating the functional outcomes after surgery for intracerebral haemorrhage and PhD at Macquarie University examining the functional outcomes of cerebrovascular neurosurgery. The doctoral research investigated the quality of life and ability to drive after surgical and conservative management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms and brain arteriovenous malformations. Joan's research and teaching activities have included driving after medical procedures or with a medical condition, and participation in work.

Joan has worked in acute care, rehabilitation and consultancy in the public and private sectors, as both a clinician and manager. Joan has clinical experience in neurosurgery, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics, aged care and occupational rehabilitation.