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Clinical research

Our director, Joanne Oates, is actively involved in clinical research. Research funded by Lifetime Care and Support Authority formed the basis of her Master of Philosophy (Medicine) through the University of Sydney (conferred in 2014). Her research has addressed the reality of caring for people in the community after severe neurotrauma as well as the complexities of measuring and valuing care time. 

Joanne has presented her research at national OT conferences, industry advisory panels, professional development programs and has consulted on multi-disciplinary research and resource planning committees.

Corporate services

The EVALUATE team can develop tailor made programs within corporate learning environments to optimise performance at work. Tailored learning programs include but are not limited to:

  • Ergonomic principles and workplace design.

  • Moving and handling.

  • Customised professional development programs.

  • Professional report writing.

  • Research and expert topics of interest within your corporate group.


Certified candidate

Joanne Oates is a Certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ Facilitator-Candidate.

The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs are highly experiential methodologies based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organisational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

ABOUT BRENÉ BROWN The Daring Way™ method is based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. LMSW. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010). She is also the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (2007). Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk “The Power of Vulnerability” is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 14 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference, where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation. Further information is available at www.brenebrown.com.