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Helen DeJong

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PhD Student

Helen DeJong


Helen is a PhD student investigating how and why scar tissue forms following injury. She attained her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Curtin University in 1993 and is currently a senior clinical therapist running a private practice in the treatment of scars and chronic pain. Her previous experience working in acute burn rehabilitation, trauma, neurology and pediatrics has evoked an interest in understanding the interaction between the nervous system and tissue healing and more specifically how physical forces influences this interaction. With the use of elastography imaging, Helen is measuring the changes in the physical properties of injured tissue as they heal, and developing techniques to both prevent scar formation and also to treat existing scars. Helen has co-written a book chapter on scarring, has published in peer reviewed journals and presented her research at local and international conferences.