Ms Belinda Allen
(BApp Sc Physiotherapy, Credentialed MDT therapist, Deputy Physiotherapist)

DepartmentPhysiotherapy
Research AreasTherapy and Treatment, Oncology
Research TopicsProstate Cancer
Research TypesClinical Trials

Belinda Allen has been conducting a treatment based clinical trial in collaboration with the University of Newcastle and Calvary Mater Newcastle Radiotherapy Department since 2012. Her research interest involves a desire to improve quality of life and treatment options that reduce the physical side effects of treatment for cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Belindas area of interest also includes Oncology / Prostate Cancer Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.

Publications / achievements

Participated in Aoife McGarvey's published research titled "Impact of Neck Dissection on Scapular Muscle Function: A Case Controlled Electromyographic Study" in Archives Physical Medical Rehabilitation 2012.

Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

2012.

What research projects are you currently working on?

Investigating effects of radiotherapy and hormone treatment on pelvic floor function in men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

The current project as I'm the main treating therapist and get to see first hand some positive changes in this group of men. The research is pioneering and I am proud to be involved in establishing what works and doesn't work for the men who may develop incontinence problems.

What inspires you?

Being able to help those that are in pain find some relief. Educating patients on topics that they may not know much about but want to understand more. Clinical education and helping students discover how to apply the skills they have been taught at university. 

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I worked as a Musculoskeletal and Women's Health Physiotherapist in England. This was interspersed with a year of travel mainly throughout Europe and South America. 

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Support from the University and my department head. An understanding and selflessness of patients to participate in this particular project for the sake of helping others in the same position. 

Who are your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Professor Denham and the Radiotherapy Department. 

What did you do before you became a researcher?

What I still do now. I am a treating clinician, deputy physiotherapist and musculoskeletal clinical educator. In my spare time I run around after 3 young children. 

What made you decide to do research?

The opportunity presented itself. It is also good to be able to add to clinical knowledge in a small way. 

What do you do to relax?

I enjoy socialising with friends and hanging out with my family. 

What is the craziest thing you have ever had to do "in the name of research"?

Insert an anal probe to measure sphincter strength. One patient observed that I must be an alien....

 

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