Dr Ross Iles
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), Postgraduate Diploma of Work disability Prevention, PhD
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Prior to joining the Monash Department of Physiotherapy I was a lecturer and year level coordinator in the Department of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University for nearly five years. In this role I taught into all levels of the Bachelor program, in particular the 1st year Physiotherapy Skills subject and the 4th year Evidence Based Practice and Professional Practice subjects.
Here at Monash my role is focused on the 1st year of the physiotherapy program in coordinating and teaching into the two first year subjects. As musculoskeletal stream leader I am also responsible for ensuring that the musculoskeletal content of the course provides the best possible preparation for our students heading out into clinical placement in later years of the program.
My clinical experience extends across private practice physiotherapy and home visit physiotherapy, with a particular musculoskeletal focus.
To date my research has covered a range of topics, including investigating the evidence-based practice behaviours of physiotherapists and determining the effectiveness of a case management intervention in a return to work environment. My PhD examined the role of recovery expectations in low back pain, and investigated a telephone based health coaching intervention for people with low recovery expectations. I aim to extend my research in this field to investigate recovery expectations in other conditions and the effectiveness of different communication styles across a range of clinical settings.
- PTY1011 unit coordinator
- PTY1022 unit coordinator
- Musculoskeletal stream leader
Research interests include predictors of poor outcome in low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. In particular the role of recovery expectations as not only a screening tool for a range of conditions, but also the influence of expectations in return to usual activity levels. Further interests include the application of motivational interviewing and health coaching principles in health consultations to improve outcomes across a range of conditions. Another area of research interest is in the field of work disability prevention, particularly interventions that can improve work-related outcomes for all stakeholders.
- Iles, R. A., Taylor, N. F., Davidson, M., & O'Halloran, P. (2012). Patient recovery expectations in non-chronic non-specific low back pain: a qualitative investigation. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 44, 781-787. doi: 10.2340/16501977-1019.
- Iles, R. A., Wyatt, M., & Pransky, G. (2012). Multi-faceted case management: reducing compensation costs of musculoskeletal work injuries in Australia. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1007/s10926-012-9364-2.
- Iles, R. A., Taylor, N. F., Davidson, M., & O'Halloran, P. (2011). Telephone coaching can increase activity levels for people with non-chronic low back pain: a randomised trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 57, 231-238.
- Davidson, M., & Iles, R. (2010). Evidence-based practice in therapeutic health care. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Research methods in health: foundations for evidence-based practice (pp. 285-300). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
- Iles, R. A., Davidson, M., Taylor, N. F., & O'Halloran, P. (2009). Systematic review of the ability of recovery expectations to predict outcomes in non-chronic non-specific low back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 19(1), 25-40.
- Iles, R. A., Davidson, M., & Taylor, N. F. (2008). Psychosocial predictors of failure to return to work in non-chronic non-specific low back pain: a systematic review. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 65(8), 507-517.
- Eser, P., Cook, J., Black, J., Iles, R., Daly, R. M., Ptasznik, R., & Bass, S. L. (2008). Interaction between playing golf and HRT on vertebral bone properties in post-menopausal women measured by QCT. Osteoporosis International, 19(3), 311-319.
- Iles, R. A., & Davidson, M. (2006). Evidence based practice: a survey of physiotherapists' current practice. Physiotherapy Research International, 11(2), 93-103.
- D.M. Myers University Medal2004
- Awarded to the outstanding graduate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University
- Australian Postgraduate Award2006 - 2007 - Scholarship to assist completion of postgraduate study.