Michelle Bellon is an Associate Professor in the Disability and Community Inclusion, and Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She began her career working as a Developmental Educator providing education, community integration and counselling support to adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) within community-based and private consultancy services. Her research, teaching and professional involvement combine interests in epilepsy, acquired brain injury, family/care-giver supports and access to health care for people with disability. She has held a range of management roles including President of the Epilepsy Association of SA and NT, Director of Epilepsy Australia, and Board member of the Community Re-entry Program. Michelle is currently an Epilepsy Ambasador, committed member of Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI), member of the Editorial Board of Brain Impairment, Expert Review Panel member for Lifetime Support Authority, and on the Advisory Reference Group for Brain Injury SA.
Michelle has held the following research roles:
- Process and Impact Evaluation of the National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisations (NACBO). $100,000 (2021-2023). Fisher, K., Kayess, R., Gendera, S., Robinson, S., & Bellon, M. The final evaluation report is available here: https://www.unsw.edu.au/research/sprc/our-projects/national-alliance-of-capacity-building-organisations-nacbo
- Our Voice SA: Evaluation of Our Voice Reching Out Project (2021-2023). Fisher, K., Robinson, S., Bellon, M., Gendera, S., & Calahan, T. $45,000. This research was funded by Purple Orange, and evaluated the impact and process of the OVSA project to build capacity for self-advocacy and connection for people with intellectual disability in South Australia. Final research reports and easy read versions are available here: https://www.unsw.edu.au/research/sprc/our-projects/our-voice-sa-reaching-out-evaluation
- Alone Together: A research project about getting through Covid: Experiences from people with disability and their families. $49,935 (2020). Robinson, S., Xiao, L., Muir Cochrante, E., Bickford, J., Bellon, M., Lante, K., Idle, J., Parry, Y., Willis, E., & Silerston, N. Flinders University COVID grant.
- Principal Investigator on a 2 year research study examining Postivie Behaviour Support following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Family-Directed Approach. $155,000 in funding from the Lifetime Support Authority (2017-2019), to examine the feasability of a family-directed behaviour support training proram for caregivers following a TBI. M Bellon, A Fisher, S Lawn, M Sohlberg, J Douglas.
- Evaluation of Brain Injury SA's SSAYiT program for young people aged 15-24 with an acquired brain injury or other cognitive disability which aims to connect youth into employment, education and their community (2016-2018).
- Supporting Upper limb reCovery through Exercise for Stroke Survivors (SUCCESS): group constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) (2016-2017) S Lennon, M Bellon
- Principle Investigator, Families4Families: evaluating longitudinal effects of a peer support network for families following acquired brain injury in South Australia ($100,000 funding from Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund; 2014-2015) M Bellon, J Farnden, R Crocker
- Principle Investigator, Families4Families: exploring the experiences and neds of families following acquired brain injury in South Australia. ($162,500 funding from Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund; 2012-2014) M Bellon, J Farnden, R Crocker, J Gardner
- research relating to epilepsy and seizure disorders with research teams from the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria on the Australian Epilpesy Longitudinal Survey and Epilepsy management in the disability sector (NDIS Practical Development Fund); Reducing epilepsy-related deaths (Epilepsy Australia); and Seizure-related hopsitalisations: comparisons with asthma and diabetes (Epilepsy Centre).