Dr Isobel Hubbard

Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health (Public Health)

Career Summary

Biography

Isobel is an academic researcher in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. She convenes the Master of Health Science and has sole responsibility for the post-graduate, stroke-specific courses. Her primary research is investigating the association between upper limb recovery and brain activation patterns in the first month post-stroke. She is also involved in research investigating return-to-driving post-stroke; the incidence, prevalence and lived experiences of stroke in older Australian women and early upper limb intervention and assessment post-stroke.

Isobel has published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. Her aim is to champion a multi-professional and evidence-based approach in the healthcare we prescribe and apply to people at risk of, recovering from and/or living with, stroke. She is a registered Occupational Therapist.

Research Expertise
Upper limb stroke recovery, brain activation patterns and neuroplasticity.

Teaching Expertise
Design of inter professional courses and program Stroke Education - postgraduate and undergraduate Occupational Therapy

Administrative Expertise
Setting up of on-line courses in blackboard On-line, inter professional courses in health related issues



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Cumberland College of Health Sciences
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, University of South Australia

Keywords

  • Acute Stroke
  • Flexible delivery
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Health
  • Interprofessional
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Postgraduate
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Stroke management
  • Upper limb therapy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 20
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Peer Reviewer - Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Australia
1/07/2005 -  Allied Health Researcher - Health Manager Hunter New England Health
Acute Stroke Research Unit, Neurology, John Hunter Hospital
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/01/2004 Associate Lecturer

Occupational Therapy

University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Committee Member - National Stroke Foundation, Post-Acute Stroke Audit - National Advisory Body National Stroke Foundation
Stroke Coordinating Committee - Stroke Services NSW Stroke Services NSW
Australia
Stroke Nursing and Allied Health Education and Professional Development Sub-committee Member Stroke Services NSW
Australia
Member - Australian Occupational Therapy Association Australian Occupational Therapy Association
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Stinear C, Hubbard IJ, 'Movement', Stroke Rehabilitation: Insights from Neuroscience and Imaging, Oxford University Press, Oxford 143-153 (2012) [B1]

Journal article (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Byles JE, Francis JL, Chojenta CL, Hubbard IJ, 'Long-term Survival of Older Australian Women with a History of Stroke', JOURNAL OF STROKE & CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, 24 53-60 (2015)
DOI 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2014.07.040
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Julie Byles
2015 Hubbard IJ, Carey LM, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'Reorganizing therapy: changing the clinical approach to upper limb recovery post-stroke.', Occup Ther Int, 22 28-35 (2015)
DOI 10.1002/oti.1381
Co-authors Mark Parsons, Bill Budd
2015 Frith J, Hubbard IJ, James CL, Warren-Forward H, 'Returning to driving after stroke: A systematic review of adherence to guidelines and legislation', BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 78 349-355 (2015)
DOI 10.1177/0308022614562795
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Carole James
2015 Tavener M, Thijsen A, Hubbard IJ, Francis JL, Grennall C, Levi C, Byles J, 'Acknowledging How Older Australian Women Experience Life After Stroke: How Does the WHO 18-Item Brief ICF Core Set for Stroke Compare?', Health Care Women Int, 1-16 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/07399332.2015.1055747
Co-authors Julie Byles
2014 Hubbard IJ, Carey LM, Budd TW, Levi C, McElduff P, Hudson S, et al., 'A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect of Early Upper-Limb Training on Stroke Recovery and Brain Activation.', Neurorehabil Neural Repair, (2014)
DOI 10.1177/1545968314562647
Co-authors Bill Budd, Mark Parsons
2014 Hubbard IJ, Evans M, McMullen-Roach S, Marquez J, Parsons MW, 'Five years of acute stroke unit care: Comparing ASU and non-ASU admissions and allied health involvement', Stroke Research and Treatment, (2014) [C1]

Background. Evidence indicates that Stroke Units decrease mortality and morbidity. An Acute Stroke Unit (ASU) provides specialised, hyperacute care and thrombolysis. John Hunter H... [more]

Background. Evidence indicates that Stroke Units decrease mortality and morbidity. An Acute Stroke Unit (ASU) provides specialised, hyperacute care and thrombolysis. John Hunter Hospital, Australia, admits 500 stroke patients each year and has a 4-bed ASU. Aims. This study investigated hospital admissions over a 5-year period of all strokes patients and of all patients admitted to the 4-bed ASU and the involvement of allied health professionals. Methods. The study retrospectively audited 5-year data from all stroke patients admitted to John Hunter Hospital (n=2525) and from nonstroke patients admitted to the ASU (n=826). The study's primary outcomes were admission rates, length of stay (days), and allied health involvement. Results. Over 5 years, 47% of stroke patients were admitted to the ASU. More male stroke patients were admitted to the ASU (chi2=5.81; P=0.016). There was a trend over time towards parity between the number of stroke and nonstroke patients admitted to the ASU. When compared to those admitted elsewhere, ASU stroke patients had a longer length of stay (z=-8.233; P=0.0000) and were more likely to receive allied healthcare. Conclusion. This is the first study to report 5 years of ASU admissions. Acute Stroke Units may benefit from a review of the healthcare provided to all stroke patients. The trends over time with respect to the utilisation of the John Hunter Hospitall's ASU have resulted in a review of the hospitall's Stroke Unit and allied healthcare. © 2014 Isobel J. Hubbard et al.

DOI 10.1155/2014/798258
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2014 Byles J, Francis LJ, Chojenta CL, Hubbard I, 'Long-term survival of older Australian women with a history of stroke', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, 9 20-20 (2014)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Catherine Chojenta
2013 Kitsos GH, Hubbard IJ, Kitsos AR, Parsons MW, 'The Ipsilesional Upper Limb Can Be Affected following Stroke', SCIENTIFIC WORLD JOURNAL, (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1155/2013/684860
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2012 Hubbard IJ, Harris D, Kilkenny MF, Faux SG, Pollack MR, Cadilhac DA, 'Adherence to clinical guidelines improves patient outcomes in Australian audit of stroke rehabilitation practice', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93 965-971 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 10
2011 Kitsos G, Harris D, Pollack M, Hubbard IJ, 'Assessments in Australian stroke rehabilitation units: A systematic review of the post-stroke validity of the most frequently used', Disability and Rehabilitation, 33 2620-2632 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2011.575526
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2010 Pickering RL, Hubbard IJ, Baker KG, Parsons MW, 'Assessment of the upper limb in acute stroke: The validity of hierarchal scoring for the Motor Assessment Scale', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57 174-182 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00810.x
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2009 Hubbard IJ, Vyslysel G, Parsons MW, 'Interprofessional, practice-driven research: Reflections of one 'community of inquiry' based in acute stroke', Journal of Allied Health, 38 E69-E74 (2009) [C1]
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2009 Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, Neilson C, Carey LM, 'Task-specific training: Evidence for and translation to clinical practice', Occupational Therapy International, 16 175-189 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/oti.275
Citations Scopus - 60Web of Science - 47
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2007 Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, 'The conventional care of therapists as acute stroke specialists: A case study', International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 14 357-362 (2007) [C1]
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2006 Hubbard IJ, 'Stroke: The silent Cinderella!', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 53 337-340 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2006.00616.x
Citations Scopus - 1
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Conference (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Kitsos GH, Hubbard I, Kitsos AR, Parsons M, '2Up: A longitudinal study of upper limb recovery', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2013 James C, Frith J, Warren-Forward H, Hubbard I, 'Driving after Stroke: Knowledge and use of legislation and guidelines by Australian Health Practitioners', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal,, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Carole James
2013 James CL, Frith JLT, Warren-Forward H, Hubbard IJ, 'Return to driving post stroke: What should be happening and who should be doing it?', International Journal of Stroke, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Helen Warren-Forward, Carole James
2013 Kitsos G, Hubbard IJ, Kitsos A, Parsons MW, 'Non-affected or less affected: What is the ipsilesional upper limb following stroke? A systematic literature review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2012 Hubbard IJ, Carey LM, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'An RCT of differing intensities of early upper limb training post stroke: Evidence of neuroplastic changes in the ipsilesional SMA', Congress Handbook. 7th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, Melbourne, VIC (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Parsons, Bill Budd
2012 Frith J, Hubbard IJ, James CL, Warren-Forward H, 'Returning to driving after stroke: A systematic review investigating adherence to legislation and guidelines', International Journal of Stroke, Darling Harbour, Sydney (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Carole James, Helen Warren-Forward
2012 Hubbard IJ, Carey L, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'Brain activation and upper limb recovery post stroke: A systematic literature review', International Journal of Stroke, Darling Harbour, Sydney (2012) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mark Parsons, Bill Budd
2011 Hubbard IJ, Harris D, Kilkenny MF, Faux SG, Pollack MR, Cadilhac DA, 'Australian clinical practice of inpatient stroke rehabilitation and its relationship to patient outcomes', International Journal of Stroke, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E3]
2011 Frith JLT, Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, Vyslysel G, Burgman I, James CL, 'Shifting Gears: Resuming driving after stroke', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Carole James, Mark Parsons
2010 Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, Carey LM, 'Translating task-specific, upper limb evidence into stroke recovery intervention and clinical practice', Cerebrovascular Diseases: European Stroke Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2010 Hubbard IJ, Budd TW, Carey LM, McElduff P, Levi CR, Parsons MW, 'Intensive behavioural upper limb training in acute stroke: an RCT of functional outcomes and brain reorganisation', Cerebrovascular Diseases: European Stroke Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Parsons, Chris Levi, Bill Budd
2008 Budd TW, Parsons MW, Hubbard IJ, Carey L, Levi CR, 'A longitudinal fMRI study of cortical sensorimotor reorganization in stroke recovery', NeuroImage, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Parsons, Bill Budd, Chris Levi
2008 Hubbard IJ, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'Arm function, fMRI and early reorganisation mapping in stroke (AFfERMS): Findings from the pilot phase', Internal Medicine Journal, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2008.01755_7.x
Co-authors Mark Parsons, Bill Budd
2008 Hubbard IJ, Carey L, Parsons MW, 'The evidence concerning task-specific therapy for upper limb function: A literature review', Internal Medicine Journal, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2008.01756.x
Co-authors Mark Parsons
2006 James CL, Hubbard IJ, 'Inter-professional practice development: A challenge in knowledge transfer', ANZAME: Setting the Standards of Medical Education: Conference Proceedings: Abstracts & Program, Newcastle, NSW (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Carole James
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $188,282

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20111 grants / $23,980

Using functional MRI, this project explores brain activation patterns and upper limb recovery in stroke survivors$23,980

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Isobel Hubbard
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000911
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $41,828

A functional MRI study of upper limb therapy in community dwelling stroke survivors$41,828

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Professor Mark Parsons, Dr Leeanne Carey, Doctor Isobel Hubbard
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189945
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20061 grants / $122,474

A functional MRI study of upper limb therapy in acute stroke$122,474

Funding body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding body National Heart Foundation of Australia
Project Team Professor Mark Parsons, Doctor Bill Budd, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Doctor Isobel Hubbard
Scheme Grant-In-Aid
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186201
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Shifting Gears: Returning to Driving After Stroke
Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Isobel Hubbard

Position

Lecturer
Convener of the Master of Health Science program; Coordinator of the Stroke Management Specialisation
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Public Health

Contact Details

Email isobel.hubbard@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40420533

Office

Room Desk 18; Level 4; HMRI Building, Rankin Park Campus
Building HMRI Building Rankin Park Campus
Location Desk 18; Level 4; HMRI Building; Rankin Park Campus

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