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    CUHRRC Team Biography

    Esther McDonnellEsther McDonnell

    Esther trained as an occupational therapist in Sydney, Australia and worked at The Bridge, a long term care unit for people with complex HIV related cognitive and psychiatric care needs, as well as an in-patient ward at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. She also worked as a research assistant in data collection for a PhD using the Perform, Recall, Plan, Perform (PRPP) method of assessment of functional impairments in men with HIV dementia. On moving to London, Esther worked in a community HIV OT role in East London, prior to moving to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2009 to work on the acute HIV ward, providing a broad range of occupational therapy assessments and interventions to people living with HIV. Esther has presented posters outlining the role and scope of occupational therapy in HIV care at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference (2006), the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine (2006), BHIVA spring conference 2013, and most recently at the Annual College of Occupational Therapy Conference (June 2014) outlining the learning to be gained for UK based OTs from CUHRRC. She was also part of the multi-disciplinary team presenting a workshop at AIDS 2010 about rehabilitation in international contexts. Esther has been the Chair of the Rehabilitation and HIV Association (RHIVA) since 2013.

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