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Ms. Marie O'Donnell


I gained a B.Physio from University College Dublin and a MSc Clinical Therapies (Physiotherapy) from the University of Limerick. My clinical interest is in Neurorehabilitation and I previously worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in University Hospital Galway. My current role is Practice Education Coordinator for the BSc Physiotherapy programme at the University of Limerick. I support and develop traditional and innovative models of placement in the Midwest region. Key roles include curricula design and development, innovations in practice education and ensuring quality in placement delivery. I have an interest in Interprofessional education in practice placement settings. I have also completed a BA in management practice at the University of Limerick

Research Interests

I was a foundation member of the 'Getting the Balance Right' research team who evaluated physiotherapy and exercise interventions for people with Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland. I investigated the effectiveness of interventions in persons with MS who were non-ambulatory. I presented my findings at two prestigious conferences the Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, Dusseldorf (2009) and the World Physical Therapy Congress, Amsterdam (2011).
I was part of an Interprofessional teamwho were successfully awarded funding from the National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) to design and deliver sustainable method of Interprofessional education (IPE) on placement. This IPE project has been disseminated nationally and internationally as evidenced by publications in Journal of Interprofessional Care and Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning and presentations at international meetings including All Together Better Health 5 International Interprofessional Conference, in Australia.
More recently I have undertaken a project to evaluate 'Community project led placements' for physiotherapy students. I designed and developed an evidenced based community model of placement where physiotherapy students worked on distinct projects with a focus on community health. Following the placement, I evaluated the learning experience from the perspective of the service users and community facilitators.