Rachel Mayes

Rachel Mayes
The University of Sydney · Faculty of Health Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
Rachel is the founder of Dinner on the Table, a Sydney based social enterprise supporting family wellbeing. Dinner on the Table delivers quality, family style meals and delivers them to busy households across Sydney. Profit from the sale over meals is used to gift those same dinners to households living with disabilities. The production process engages adults with disabilities in volunteer work experience as well as children and young people with disabilities through a composting program to deal with kitchen waste. Our goal is to demonstrate that a cost effective and meaningful household level support has a positive impact on family wellbeing, ultimately shifting policy focus away from individual level support to that which meets the needs of all householders simultaneously

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Background: Mothers who live with mental illness face diverse challenges. Research suggests that partner support or otherwise is likely to have a crucial influence on mothers' abilities to manage these challenges, yet little is known about how this plays out. In this study, we aimed to explore the roles played by male partners in the mothering exp...
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Objective: The purpose of this article is to explore the lived experience of having a child removed by child protection services for mothers living with mental illness. Method: This phenomenological study collected data from eight mothers through in-depth interviews. Data were analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Results: The over...
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Many women who experience mental illness are mothers. Evidence suggests that the role of mother is of great importance and value to these women, yet they are more likely than other women to have their children removed from their care. Little is known about the experiences of these mothers after their children are removed. This paper presents a phen...
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According to Carol Thomas, individuals with impairment are subjected to disablism. They are disadvantaged in material areas of life and also in the non-material domain of psycho-emotional well-being, by the impact of negative ideas, images and stereotypes about impairment and disability. Families with children with impairment have also been describ...
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The aim of this study was to explore parents' experiences and strategies used when meeting the needs of all their children, including an adolescent with disabilities. A qualitative study design was employed. The study was conducted in two phases. (i) Secondary analysis of ecocultural interviews with 12 parent-carers of more than one child, includin...
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Despite the frequency with which mothers with intellectual disability have their children removed, little theoretical or empirical work has understood the mothers' perspectives on this. A few studies have reported mothers' feelings of grief and loss and their sense of powerlessness in the child protection system. This qualitative study explores the...
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Occupational therapists are routinely engaged in the homes of their clients with disabilities, providing consultation on the use and modification of space to improve functional independence. The meaning of home space is currently underexplored. This study describes the meaning and use of home space for mothers who are primary caregivers for a child...
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Within scholarly discussion about the mother identity and how it is assumed, women with intellectual disabilities are silent. While debate has explored the experiences of many considered to mother outside the margins of the motherhood institution, the experiences of this group of women lies beyond that reach. This paper presents findings from a phe...
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The aim of this exploratory study was to investigate the process of transition to independent accommodation for people with schizophrenia. The study employed a grounded theory approach. Multiple semi-structured and responsive e-mails and interviews were conducted with a total of seven participants currently living in independent accommodation. Thro...
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To investigate family caregiver perceptions of allied health professional processes of care and support in hospital following stroke, and to test an adapted version of the Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC) for its suitability of use in the stroke care setting. The first stage involved the adaptation and refinement of the MPOC, designed to measure...
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We determined the feasibility and outcomes of the Log Handwriting Program (Raynal, 1990), an 8-week training program based on task-specific practice of handwriting. We used a pretest-posttest design involving 16 first- and second-grade Australian students. Handwriting training sessions occurred in schools for 45 min per week over 8 weeks, in groups...
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Background  This study describes the development and trialling of the Family Life Interview (FLI), a clinical tool designed to examine sustainability of family routines.Materials and Methods  The FLI, a self-report instrument completed by a parent within a semi-structured practitioner – parent interview, was administered to 118 parents, with re-tes...
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There is a small but expanding literature about the transition to adulthood for young people with intellectual disabilities. However, voices of young people with intellectual disabilities are under-represented. This study explored the perspectives of young people with intellectual disabilities on their transition to adulthood, focusing particularly...
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Background The support networks of mothers with intellectual disabilities play an important role in caring for children. Understanding the support provided by the network is therefore vital in understanding the capacity of a mother to care for her child. Nevertheless, how these important networks came into existence is yet to be explored. Furthermo...
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This study investigates depression, anxiety and stress in pregnant women with intellectual disabilities and/or self-reported learning difficulties, and examines the association between these negative emotional states and perceived support and conflict in the women's interpersonal relationships. Eight-hundred-and-seventy-eight women attending their...
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An increasing number of women with intellectual disability (ID) have children. Cross-sectional, clinical population data suggest that these women face an increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low birthweight babies. The aim of this study was to explore the prevalence of poor pregnancy and birth outcomes in women with ID and/or self-reported l...
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ABSTRACT The experience of pregnancy and motherhood, from a woman’s point of view, has only been considered worthy of research in recent decades. In this time, a small number of studies have examined the experiences of mothers with intellectual disabilities. No study to date has focussed on the lived experiences of pregnancy for women with intellec...
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The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a home-based intervention targeted to parents with intellectual disability to promote child health and home safety in the preschool years. A total of 63 parents were recruited for the study with 45 parents (40 mothers and 5 fathers) from 40 families completing the project. The research des...
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The developmental status of 37 pre-school aged children born to mothers with intellectual disability was assessed and the relationship between developmental status and selected child, maternal and home/environment characteristics was examined. The developmental status of the children varied markedly. Controlling for possible organic pathology, the...
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To investigate the health status of mothers with intellectual limitations. The health status of 50 mothers with intellectual limitations in metropolitan Sydney was assessed during the baseline assessment phase of a randomised controlled trial of a parent education program. Self-reported maternal health was significantly worse than women's health in...
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Background Increasing emphasis is being given to carrying out parent education programmes at home with widely reported benefits. The purpose of this paper is to draw lessons for practitioners from implementing a randomized trial of a home-based parent education programme for parents with intellectual disabilities that addressed child health and saf...

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