Lisa Dillon

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lisa Dillon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the School of Optometry and Vision Science and an Honorary Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. Lisa's research centres on designing and implementing accessible programs, with the aim of improving the physical and mental health of older Australians with vision impairment.

Lisa's PhD research examined the implementation of an exercise-based fall prevention program for older Australians with vision impairment in a real-world setting. This research was in collaboration with a community-based organisation involved in data collection and delivery of the program, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Previously Lisa worked as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, teaching individuals of all ages with vision impairment to travel safely, confidently and independently in their environment. Lisa brings this background to her research, ensuring her research is meaningful to participants and grounded in the realities of service provision.

Lisa's work involves both qualitative and quantitative research methodology, with a focus on including community partners and end-user perspectives into research design, interpretation and dissemination. Using a strengths-based approach, this program of research seeks to enhance research translation through investigating novel and pragmatic solutions which enhance the physical and mental health of those with vision impairment.

 

Research Groups

Research Topics

  • Cost-effectiveness of low vision services
  • Falls risk and low vision
  • Mental health and low vision
Conference Papers
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Keay L; Paritala A; Bhardwaj R; Dillon L; Swenor BK; Gothwal V, 2020, 'Falls and vision loss in older people attending an urban tertiary eye centre in South India', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, ELECTR NETWORK, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), ELECTR NETWORK, 01 May 2020 - 07 May 2020, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000554528301119&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2020
Dillon L; Chandra A; Rogers K; Keay L, 2020, 'Exploring multimorbidity in older Australians with vision impairment: a cross-sectional study', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, ELECTR NETWORK, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), ELECTR NETWORK, 01 May 2020 - 07 May 2020, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000554528301114&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2020
Conference Abstracts
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Keay LJ; Jakobsen K; Dillon L; Tiedemann A; Rogers K; Ramulu PY, 2018, 'Physical activity in people aged 50+with low vision', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Honolulu, HI, Vol. 59, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI, 29 April 2018 - 03 May 2018, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000442932805220&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2018
Bajaj RP; Dillon L; Ramulu PY; Tiedemann A; Jakobsen K; Rogers K; Keay LJ, 2018, 'Optimizing the accuracy of activity monitors in visually-impaired older populations', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Honolulu, HI, Vol. 59, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI, 29 April 2018 - 03 May 2018, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000442932805219&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2018
Dillon L; Clemson L; Coxon K; Keay L, 2018, 'CAN A HOME-BASED STRENGTH AND BALANCE FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM BE SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERED TO PEOPLE AGED 50 YEARS OR OVER WITH VISION IMPAIRMENT? A PROCESS EVALUATION', in INJURY PREVENTION, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Vol. 24, pp. A222 - A222, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprevention-2018-safety.614
2018
Journal articles
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Gyawali R; Toomey M; Stapleton F; Dillon L; Zangerl B; Keay L; Jalbert I, 2021, 'Quality of 2019 American optometric association clinical practice guideline for diabetic eye care', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol. 41, pp. 165 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12763
2021
Dillon L; Gandhi S; Tang D; Liew G; Hackett M; Craig A; Mitchell P; Keay L; Gopinath B, 2021, 'Perspectives of people with late age-related macular degeneration on mental health and mental wellbeing programmes: a qualitative study', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12779
2021
Chang KYJ; Dillon LL; Deverell L; Boon MY; Keay L, 2020, 'Orientation and mobility outcome measures', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 103, pp. 434 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cxo.13004
2020
Luu W; Kalloniatis M; Bartley E; Tu M; Dillon L; Zangerl B; Ly A, 2020, 'A holistic model of low vision care for improving vision-related quality of life', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 103, pp. 733 - 741, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cxo.13054
2020
Dillon L; Tang D; Liew G; Hackett M; Craig A; Gopinath B; Keay L, 2020, 'Facilitators and barriers to participation in mental well-being programs by older Australians with vision impairment: community and stakeholder perspectives', Eye (Basingstoke), vol. 34, pp. 1287 - 1295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41433-020-0992-z
2020
Dillon LL; Clemson L; Keay LJ, 2020, 'Stakeholder perspectives of fall prevention for older Australians with vision impairment: “it’s just a matter of adapting them accordingly”', Disability and Rehabilitation, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1792563
2020
Dillon L; Clemson L; Nguyen H; Jakobsen KB; Martin J; Tinsley F; Keay L, 2020, 'Recipient and instructor perspectives of an adapted exercise-based fall prevention programme for adults aged 50+ years with vision impairment: a qualitative study nested within a randomised controlled trial', BMJ open, vol. 10, pp. e038386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038386
2020
Brown K; Cameron ID; Keay L; Nguyen H; Dillon L; Jagnoor J; Ivers R, 2020, 'I've got to be independent': Views of older people on recovery following road traffic injury in New South Wales, Australia', BMC Public Health, vol. 20, pp. 1294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09391-0
2020
Bajaj R; Ramulu P; Dillon L; Jakobsen KB; Tiedemann A; Rogers K; Keay L, 2018, 'Validating the accuracy of an activity monitor in a visually impaired older population', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol. 38, pp. 562 - 569, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12577
2018
Keay L; Dillon L; Clemson L; Tiedemann A; Sherrington C; McCluskey P; Ramulu P; Jan S; Rogers K; Martin J; Tinsley F; Jakobsen KB; Ivers RQ, 2018, 'PrevenTing Falls in a high-risk, vision-impaired population through specialist ORientation and Mobility services: Protocol for the PlaTFORM randomised trial', Injury Prevention, vol. 24, pp. 459 - 466, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042301
2018
Dillon L; Duffy P; Tiedemann A; Keay L, 2018, 'Acceptability of fall prevention strategies for older people with vision impairment', International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.21307/ijom-2018-004
2018
Dillon L; Clemson L; Coxon K; Keay L, 2018, 'Understanding the implementation and efficacy of a home-based strength and balance fall prevention intervention in people aged 50 years or over with vision impairment: A process evaluation protocol', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3304-6
2018
Dillon L; Clemson L; Ramulu P; Sherrington C; Keay L, 2018, 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of exercise-based falls prevention strategies in adults aged 50+ years with visual impairment', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol. 38, pp. 456 - 467, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12562
2018
Dillon L; Clemson L; Nguyen H; Jakobsen KB; Martin J; Tinsley F; Keay L, 'Recipient and Instructor perspectives of an adapted exercise-based fall prevention program for older adults with vision impairment: a qualitative study nested within a randomised controlled trial', , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.2.13880/v1
Dillon L; Clemson L; Nguyen H; Jakobsen KB; Martin J; Tinsley F; Keay L, 'Recipient and Instructor perspectives of an adapted exercise-based fall prevention program for older adults with vision impairment: a qualitative study nested within a randomised controlled trial', , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.2.13880/v2

2020 Australia and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society Travel Fellowship Grant, $4,942

2017-2019 Research Training Program (RTP), UNSW, up to $104,000

2017 Postgraduate research Student Support (PRSS) Scheme, UNSW, $2,600

2014-2015 Masters Degree Sponsorship for Orientation and Mobility Instructors, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, $15,000

Chief investigator

Dillon L, Maiya G A, Keay L, Makoulli M, Dunn H, Vaishali K, Ve R D, Hnade M, Bhat S & Jathanna J S. Epidemiology of fall risk and visual deficits among older people with peripheral neuropathy associated with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus UNSW-MAHE Collaborative Research Seed Grants. 2020. $10,000

Dillon L, Gopinath B, Keay L, Liew G, Craig A & Hackett M. Co-design of evidence-based mental wellbeing programs for patients with AMD based on preferences, accessibility and feasibility. SOVS, UNSW, Macular Degeneration Research Grant from the Estate of the late Peter Anthony John Vild. 2020. $20,000

Co-investigator

Keay L, Gopinath B, Dillon L, Lar G, Cleaver D, Clarke A, Craig A. Developing a Mental Health Stepped-Care Program for Older Adults with Vision Loss and Blindness. UNSW Sydney-University of Sydney Memorandum of Understanding in Mental Health, Addiction and Neuroscience Research, Mental Health and Wellbeing Seed Funding Scheme. 2019. $19,947

Keay L, Boon M, Dillon L, Gothwal V. Preventing falls in older people with vision impairment in India. UNSW Faculty of Science – International and Engagement Seed Funding. 2019. $7,000