Research Profile

Yvonne Pennisi

Biography

Yvonne Pennisi graduated from The University of Sydney (BAppSc[OccTh]) in occupational therapy in 2000.  As a clinician of 17 years’ experience, she has recently moved to Ireland to take up a teaching and research position at University College Cork. Prior to this, Yvonne was a founding lecturer of Southern Cross University’s Occupational Therapy course, assisting with the development of both theoretical subjects throughout the four years and the clinical education component within the course. At UCC, Yvonne teaches the theoretical and practical skills develop in the area of adult population for the third year students. In addition, Yvonne has taught oedema management to both undergraduate and post graduate nurses, podiatrists and physiotherapists, both in Ireland and in Australia. The provision of best practice wound care in the community, in particular to populations with chronic diseases, is of high priority.  This is the research area of Yvonne's PhD, which she is currently pursuing through UCC.
Yvonne has more than 15 years of experience as a clinician and ran her own private practice, located within the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers areas, specialising in home modifications and lymphoedema. Specialist skills include: manual lymphatic drainage techniques when compression is not appropriate; multilayer graduated compression bandaging; standard and custom compression garment prescription; skin care; low level laser treatment; scar management; exercise prescription; equipment prescription; home modification and assessment to minimise risks of further injuries.

Research Interests

Her research areas include the provision of compression to people with chronic diseases at risk of ulcers, specifically modified compression therapy for wound care healing and prevention in people with the co-morbidities of peripheral arterial disease and diabetes. Additional areas of research include ePortfolios, in the area of employability and career resilience, inter-professional education, anthropometrics and disability and Lymphoedema and Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) into conservative management (CLT) of lower limb lymphoedema: A pilot study (Series of N of 1 trials).

Publications

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'Development of an occupational therapy program in regional Australia based on the ICF'
Innes, E., Pennisi, Y., Mozolic-Staunton, B. & Donelly, M. (2011) 'Development of an occupational therapy program in regional Australia based on the ICF' Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58 (Suppl.1) . [Details]
(2011)'Chronic Ulcers, manual lymphatic drainage and teamwork in the community: A case study'
Pennisi, Y. (2011) 'Chronic Ulcers, manual lymphatic drainage and teamwork in the community: A case study' Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58 (Suppl.1) . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2014)British Lymphology Conference
Pennisi, Y., Innes, E., Butterworth, P & Nancarrow, S. (2014) Wounds and compression for patients with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease: A review of the contextual factors? British Lymphology Conference Birmingham, UK, [Details]
(2014)ALA Conference: 10th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference
Douglass, J., Pennisi, Y., O’Connor, M., Koelmeyer, L. & Collett, J. (2014) The establishment of a national register for lymphoedema practitioners in Australia and New Zealand ALA Conference: 10th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference Auckland, New Zealand,   [Details]
(2013)Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference and Exhibition
Pont, K., Innes, E., Yoxall, J., Pennisi, Y., Zhou, S., & Blake, A. (2013) Anthropometrics (body measurements) of people with physical impairments in Australia: a protocol and pilot study Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference and Exhibition Adelaide, Australia, [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2016Excellence in Engagement Awards 2016 Southern Cross University

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
National Lymphoedema Practitioner Register Full member (recently resigned as chair, executive committee member and OT national representation)/
Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Lymphoedema Professionals CPD group Convener/
Australian Lymphology Association Full Member/
Occupational Therapy Australia Full Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)British Lymphology Conference,
Douglass, J., & Pennisi, Y. (2014) The establishment of a national register for lymphoedema practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. [Poster Presentation], British Lymphology Conference, Birmingham, UK . [Details]
(2013)Festival of Teaching,
Scorey, M., Pennisi, Y., & Innes, E. (2013) ePortfolios and OT employers. [Oral Presentation], Festival of Teaching, Lismore, Australia . [Details]
(2011)Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference & Exhibition,
Pennisi, Y. (2011) Chronic Ulcers, manual lymphatic drainage and teamwork in the community: A case study. [Oral Presentation], Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference & Exhibition, Gold Coast, QLD , 29-JUN-11 - 01-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011)Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference & Exhibition,
Innes, E., Pennisi, Y., Mozolic-Staunton, B. & Donelly, M. (2011) Development of an occupational therapy program in regional Australia based on the ICF. [Oral Presentation], Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference & Exhibition, Gold Coast, QLD , 29-JUN-11 - 01-JUL-11. [Details]
(2009)OT Australia NSW-ACT Inaugural Conference,
Innes, E. & Pennisi, Y. (2009) Development of an Occupational Therapy Program at a Regional NSW University Based on the ICF: Report of the First Year. [Oral Presentation], OT Australia NSW-ACT Inaugural Conference, Sydney . [Details]
(2009)OT Australia Queensland Conference,
Innes, E. & Pennisi, Y. (2009) Development of a new OT Program: First Year Report. [Oral Presentation], OT Australia Queensland Conference, Brisbane . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Southern Cross University Lecturer (Teaching Scholar)01-JAN-08 /
Ozcare – Gold Coast Allied Health Service Occupational Therapist01-JAN-05 / 31-DEC-08
Greenslopes Private Hospital Occupational Therapist01-JAN-04 / 31-DEC-05
Our Therapy Practice (OTPT Pty Ltd) Director/ Occupational Therapist01-JAN-08 / 31-DEC-15
Advantage Injury Management Service Occupational Therapist / Rehabilitation Consultant01-JAN-02 / 31-DEC-03
NCAHS Tweed Hospital: Acute Mental & Physical Occupational Therapist01-JAN-03 / 31-DEC-04

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2012Southern Cross University Graduate CertificateTeaching and Learning (Higher Education)
2000The University of Sydney BACHELOR OF SCIENCEOccupational Therapy
2005The University of Queensland Graduate CertificateOccupational Therapy (Contemporary Practice)
1995The University of Queensland BACHELOR OF SCIENCEHuman Movement Studies

Other Activities

 Description

[Journal Article] Butterworth, P. A., Walsh, T. P., Pennisi, Y. D., Chesne, A. D., Schmitz, C., & Nancarrow, S. A. (2015). The effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for the treatment of lower limb ulceration: a systematic review. Journal of Foot & Ankle Research, 8(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1186/s13047-014-0059-0

Workshop Facilitator: 10th Annual Scientific Meeting of INMED (Irish Network of Medical Educators). The Conference Programme and Book of Abstracts is available from http://www.inmed.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/INMED2017-Programme-3.pdf.

Contact details

  • Yvonne Pennisi
    Yr 3 Co-ordinator
  • yvonne.pennisi@ucc.ie
  • Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
    Ground Floor
    Brookfield Health Science Complex
    College Road, Cork.
  • +353-21-490-1545

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