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Louisa Xie awarded Kate Scanlon Award

On behalf of the staff and students of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (hons), congratulations goes to Louisa Xie on being peer voted this year's Kate Scanlon Award winner.

As you are aware, the physiotherapy degree is known to require not only a high level of academic ability, but also perseverance and resilience. This peer-voted non-academic award recognises your contribution to supporting your fellow students over the last 2 years, and is in memory of Kate Scanlon, a Year 2 student who embraced all aspects of university life and was tragically killed at the conclusion of Year 2 in 2011.

This prestigious award will be presented at a Faculty-wide presentation evening early next year.

Collaborative Interprofessional Healthcare: Vietnam 2017 – Our Second Group Takes Off!

A second interprofessional group of students is heading over to Ho Chi Minh City for our 4 week international student health immersion program which starts on Monday 20th Nov.

Ten students have been selected to participate from Physio, Paramedics, Nursing and Occupational Therapy.  They will spend a week on in-country orientation activities and the following 3 weeks in health care immersion placements at 3 different local hospitals and a field trip to a rural health service in Tay Ninh. Our lucky two Physio students are Nicola Johnson and Ryan Bong, both from the 2017 Year 3 cohort. Nic and Ryan have both travelled before with Nic having spent a few months working in Vietnam previously teaching English, so they will bring some good past experience to the program.

Based on input from last year’s group, this year we have created some additional learning support resources to help the students get the most out of their hospital immersion time and to assist them to identify the learning opportunities that may not be obvious.

You can read more here:

Advancing Woman in Research Grant and working with the the Great Foundation team

Cylie Williams is currently in the UK as part of the Advancing Woman in Research Grant and working with the the Great Foundation team.

She has been invited to help with their translation strategy and how they can look at embedding the results from their study into podiatry and physiotherapy curriculum in the UK, and how to best educate health professionals about the growing foot. We thought our gait project with 2-4 year olds was hard, the team in the UK are getting crawlers, pre-walkers and new walkers on gait equipment, pressure mats and using 3D gait analysis and scanning.

This project is run over two university, University of Brighton and the University of Salford.

You can read about their amazing research here:

Seeding grant success

Congratulations to Jodie Dakic from the Department of Physiotherapy for being awarded a Physiotherapy Research Foundation Seeding Grant for the project 'Are pelvic floor disorders a barrier to women's participation in their chosen exercise and how do physiotherapists screen and manage them?'

Fellow Physiotherapy department colleagues Helena Frawley and Kuan-Yin are associated investigators on the project, as well as Jill Cook from Latrobe University.

Prue Morgan completes Churchill Fellowship Report

Associate Professor Prue  Morgan, Head of the Physiotherapy department has completed the Churchill Fellowship report:

To gain new knowledge regarding optimising physical function in adults ageing with cerebral palsy - Norway, Netherlands, Canada, US

Adults with cerebral palsy (CP) are a significant community in Australia who experience unique health challenges as they age, attributed to their developmental disability, resulting in abnormal neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Although Australia is a world leader in paediatric care for CP, their adult counterparts have experienced challenges in accessing quality health services targeted to their needs. This fellowship aimed to gain new knowledge about how to optimise physical function in adults with CP, as a standalone program, or embedded in a life skills program.

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Churchill Fellowship Success

Associate Professor Prue  Morgan, Head of the Physiotherapy department is one  of 106 Australian's selected to travel throughout the world over the  next year in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence as recipients  of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship. Prue will visit experts in Norway,  Netherlands, US and Canada to observe their programs that support adults ageing  with cerebral palsy to inform best practice on her return to Australia.

Prue's project aims to  gain new knowledge regarding optimising physical function in adults ageing with  cerebral palsy; Three of every four people with cerebral palsy (CP) in  Australia are adults. Health disorders differ from those experienced in the  general population and those ageing with acquired disability regarding  prevalence, age of onset, progression, severity and presenting manifestations.

Although there is emerging evidence to support community-based strengthening  programs in young adults with CP, little is known about how to translate  benefits to older adults, any impact on mobility, and sustainability of  outcomes. This visit will enable Prue to learn best  methods from world experts to inform Australian service delivery.

Jessica Yamin - Bachelor of Physiotherapy

A PASSION for helping people has led Jessica Yamin to fulfil her career goals of becoming a physiotherapist.

Jessica, now a Grade Two Physiotherapist in public health, completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University in 2011.

She now works in rehabilitation and is also a supervisor for physiotherapy students on placement.

“Placements in uni have really helped me in the workplace, but also help relate and support students on placement,” Jessica said.

“The people I have met have also continued to support me in my career as it feels like everyone knows each other in the field.”

Jessica chose to study at Monash for a number of reasons, including the “interactive and practical” course, the location and the smaller cohort.

“Being a smaller cohort you get to know everyone and the lecturers really enjoy their work and keep reviewing the course based on feedback and recent evidence,” she said.

Celebrating Success

Congratulations to Dr. Christian Osadnik from the Department of  Physiotherapy who was recently invited to become a member of the Australian  Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) 'National Asthma and Other Chronic  Respiratory Conditions Monitoring Advisory Group’ in recognition of his  expertise in the management of chronic respiratory conditions.

AIHW manages the  National Centre for Monitoring Asthma and Other Chronic Respiratory Conditions  to undertake surveillance and monitoring of asthma and other chronic respiratory  conditions. This includes monitoring their determinants, covering prevention,  treatment, management, mortality, and differences between population groups; with  an emphasis on cross-disease work reflecting the interrelated nature of many  chronic diseases and their determinants.

Dr. Osadnik's involvement will focus  primarily on the management of respiratory conditions in primary health care  and the burden of chronic respiratory conditions using the 2011 Australian Burden  of Disease Study data (a major national epidemiological study that has provided  crucial insight into the respiratory health of Australians).

Staff success at Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) Conference

Congratulations to Jodie Dakic from the Department of  Physiotherapy, and her co- investigators Dr Cameron Gosling from the Department  of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, and Ms. Belinda Smith  (Women’s Tennis Association) who submitted two abstracts from a research project  they are conducting as a collaboration with the Women's Tennis Association in  Florida, USA.

The project is investigating a Musculoskeletal Tennis Specific  Screening Tool aiming to identify players at risk of injury. Their presentation  titled “Musculoskeletal injury profile in professional Women’s Tennis  Association (WTA) players” won the award of ASICS Best Poster – Injury  Prevention. Well done!

Collaborative Interprofessional Health Care in Vietnam

A group of students from within our Faculty are setting off on a  new initiative exploring interdisciplinary health care in a completely  different context. Twelve students will travel to Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam  during November and December 2016 to meet local health professionals and  Australian Aid workers.

This 4 week international student mobility program is a pilot  project of undergraduate interprofessional practice and volunteering led by  Alison Francis-Cracknell from the Physiotherapy department, building upon  Alison’s own healthcare volunteering experience in Vietnam in 2012/2013. It is  a joint project of the Departments of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy,  Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice and the School of Nursing and  Midwifery, supported by Monash Abroad, the School of Primary Health Care and  external engagement with Scope Global project management.

Students will have the opportunity to explore health and health  education in Vietnam, meeting with staff and students from the University of  Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, visiting 4 hospitals and a rural  community health service, undertake local language classes and meet with  Australian health volunteers currently working in Vietnam. They will also work  on group projects aimed at developing their international health care  perspective, cultural capabilities and insight into the delivery of culturally  appropriate healthcare services.

Innovation award Success

Congratulations to Narelle Dalwood from the Department of  Physiotherapy on being awarded an inaugural OLT Teacher Innovation and Impact  Award for Innovation for her work 'Unmasking the reality’ of clinical  placements: The impact of concealing identity on peer simulation.

MU-OLT Teacher Innovation and Impact Award

Congratulations to Narelle Dalwood for receiving the MU-OLT Teacher Innovation and Impact Award.

The Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching received a considerable number of high quality applications with Narelle's work being judged as outstanding by the selection committee. Thanks Narelle for all your wonderful efforts in advancing excellent teaching and learning in Physiotherapy.

Innovation:'Unmasking the reality’ of clinical placements: The impact of concealing identity on peer simulation

Prue Morgan - Online learning package Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy visits Alice Springs

Alison Francis-Cracknell and Prue Morgan from the Department of Physiotherapy recently spent three days with physiotherapy colleagues at Alice Springs Hospital.  The aim of the visit was to build clinical partnerships between Monash University and Alice Springs, with four Year 4 students planned to complete elective clinical placements there later this year.

Alison ran two clinical educator workshops, and Prue delivered a training session on Vestibular Rehabilitation, which were well received by the ASH physiotherapy staff who have little opportunity to engage with traditional professional development opportunities.

Alison and Prue also got to catch up with a Monash physiotherapy new graduate, Sophie Lichoudaris, at work at ASH and speak to her about her experiences in providing health services to Aboriginal people, which was wonderful.   Alfred Hospital also provides a rotating Grade 1 physiotherapist to ASH, which assists in strengthening the commitment between the Alfred, Monash University and Alice Springs Hospital. The Physiotherapy department look forward to growing their relationship with ASH further over the coming years.

New Associate Professor for Physiotherapy

The School would like to welcome Associate Professor Peter Malliaras to the Department of Physiotherapy. Since completing his PhD in 2006, Peter has had two post-doctoral research stints, in universities in the UK. He has also maintained a strong clinical focus and has expertise in the management of chronic unresponsive musculoskeletal pain, in particularly tendinopathy.

A specific area of interest is learning more about the factors that explain clinical improvements seen in patients. Peter is particularly interested in the management of sports related injuries, and has a number of PhD students in the UK and Australia exploring issues pertaining to tendon dysfunction.

Prue Morgan - Online learning package Physiotherapy

Online learning package delivered to community and rural physiotherapists

A shortage of physiotherapists with the skills and confidence to manage cerebral palsy in infants and children led Prue Morgan to apply for funding from the Pat Cosh Trust Fund to deliver an online learning package targeted at community and rural physiotherapists

‘We’re aware of a number of paediatric physiotherapists that, because of their location, struggle to find time and money for face-to-face training. A number also work part-time or have paediatrics as a component of their case load, so it’s hard for them to prioritise professional development for that specific area,’ Prue explains.

There are also a number of paediatric physiotherapists who are working mothers, with competing demands on their time outside work hours, when much professional development takes place.

Flexible and affordable professional development was needed to develop the skills of these clinicians in managing cerebral palsy. Prue and a team of five physiotherapists, plus a project officer, built on two previous online learning packages developed through Monash Children’s Hospital to design a structured online learning program.

For the full story visit the APA website

Ross Ilses - RTW Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists and return to work practise, patients and policies

About Ross Iles:

Ross Iles is a senior lecturer in Physiotherapy at Monash University and a research fellow at the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR). Ross also has clinical experience across the private practice physiotherapy and home visit physiotherapy, with a particular musculoskeletal focus.

About the webinar:

General practitioners have traditionally certified and been the main decision makers about a worker's work capacity. Physiotherapists in Victoria have been active in improving their management of return to work. This panel discussion explores physiotherapy strategic approaches to improve certification, return to work discussions, and through better RTW results improve the worker's health outcomes.  This webinar aims to inform policymakers, WorkCover managers, and those who wish to see improvement in return to work at a policy level. We discuss:  initiatives to educate and influence physiotherapists in RTW results of physiotherapists improving health outcomes by improving return to work results the opportunities physiotherapists have to influence patients methods to encourage regular communication between the treating physiotherapists and the workplace

See the webinar here


Best Thesis Award

Congratulations  to Ebonie Rio from the Department of Physiotherapy who recently won the Mollie  Holman medal. The Mollie Holman Medal is awarded to PhD students who have  fulfilled all requirements for the degree and are judged to have presented the  best doctoral theses of the year for their Faculty. Ebonie’s Thesis title was  titled “Corticospinal changes associated with patellar tendinopathy and the  effects of externally paced strength training”, and her supervisors were  Professor Jill Cook, Professor Lorimer Moseley, Dr. Dawson kidgell, Dr Jamie  Gaida. What a prestigious achievement!

Celebrating Success

Associate  Professor Stephen Maloney, Department of Physiotherapy has received a Monash  Graduate Education development grant to the value of $10,000 for his research  into the role of  social media in communicating research findings. Congratulations Stephen!


Mask study with Physio students

You could  be forgiven for thinking you had walked into a hospital ward if you were  wandering through the physiotherapy practical rooms recently. Third year  physiotherapy students are donning masks and costumes to take part in an  exciting new research project funded by a 2016 SPHC Learning and Teaching Grant  and there have been lots of elderly ‘patients’ being put through their paces!

The  research team, headed by Narelle Dalwood and involving Prue Morgan, Stephen  Maloney, Cameron Gosling and Ruben Hopmans, are investigating low cost, low  fidelity simulation as a method of preparing students for clinical placement  and the realities of patient interaction. During the nine week pre-clinical  programme students participate in peer simulation for four hours every Thursday  morning.  Clinical scenarios based on  authentic patient presentations are used, and students take turns in playing  the part of a ‘patient’ and a ‘physiotherapist.’ Tutors circulate the room and  interact with the students as ‘clinical supervisors’. The study is  investigating whether the use of masks and costumes for the ‘patients’  increases the realism and educational benefits of the interaction. In the words  of one student ‘I felt more emotion towards patient, more empathy’ and another  ‘thoroughly enjoyed the clinical simulation as it puts in perspective the real  difficulties and problems that real life physiotherapists have to deal with’.  The data from the randomised, controlled trial is currently being analysed and  will provide important insights into the utility, feasibility and benefits of  this exciting educational innovation.

New non-invasive brain stimulation technique for pain management

Researchers  from the Department of Physiotherapy have discovered a new technique to enhance  and maintain brain excitability that could increase sensory and pain threshold,  which could be used to alleviate chronic pain in people who cannot take  medication.

The current  treatment method used is single-site transcranial direct current simulation  (tDCS), which is the application of a low intensity direct (constant) current  between two surface electrodes on the head. The treatments are favored, as they  are non-invasive with no or minimal side effects.

However, in  two papers, the most recent in the European Journal of Neuroscience, Dr Shapour  Jaberzadeh, Director of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation &  Neuroplasticity Laboratory, Dr Bita Vaseghi and Dr Mayam Zoghi, describes a  technique, unihemispheric dual site tDCS, that significantly increases the  brain excitability, and maintains it for significantly longer periods than  current single site tDCS technique. This opens the way for these techniques to  be used in the treatment of chronic pain without the risk of side or adverse  effects of medication.

According  to Dr Shapour Jaberzadeh, it has long been known that cortical changes can  influence behavioural changes. Pain is a behavioral variable which could be  modified by tDCS induced cortical change. This has been shown by stimulating  various areas of the cortex while assessing volunteers sensory and pain  thresholds.
However,  the Physiotherapy researchers found, compared to single site tDCS, a 10 minute  simultaneous application of anodal or cathodal tDCS over two cortical sites led  to markedly increased excitation that lasted for 24 hours.

Further  tests revealed that this unique approach led to a significant increase in the participant’s  pain threshold. The novel discovery means that a treatment of just  10 minutes with new dual site stimulation using either anode or cathode  could provide a valuable alternative for the treatment of chronic pain, which  should be explored in future studies.

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy 10 year celebration

Earlier this year we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of  the establishment of the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy  departments at the Peninsula Campus. Guests included the Honorable Bruce  Billson MP, along with the founding heads of departments Professor Jenny  Keating and A/Professor Lou Farnworth, Emeritus Professor Phillip Steele,  the Dean of Medicine Professor Christina Mitchell, PVC Professor Leon Piterman  and many other past and present members of staff and industry partners.

Well done to everyone involved in the establishment and ongoing success of  these esteemed programs.

Celebrating Success

Congratulations to  Dr Kelly-Ann Bowles from the Department of Physiotherapy for receiving a Researcher in Residence 3 month internship  with Mary Wooldridge, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council,  Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council, Shadow Minister for  Health in the Victorian Parliament.

Congratulations to Terry Haines from  Physiotherapy and his team on their recent Victorian Cancer Agency grant  success. The funding will allow work to continue in testing better ways to  provide early intervention dietetic services for people with upper gastrointestinal  cancer.
- 2016-2019 Better quality of life for cancer patients through early  e-health program Victorian Cancer Agency 299,981.00 T Haines,  H Truby, C  Huggins, J Bauer, M Silvers, J Savva, H Frawley, J Barnett, P Cashin, L Low

Dr. Christian Osadnik, also from the  Department of Physiotherapy, was recently announced as the sole recipient of  the 2016/17 Lung Foundation Australia / Boerhinger Ingelheim COPD Research  Fellowship. This award will allow Christian to undertake a 2-year full-time research  project based at Monash Lung and Sleep (Monash Health) under the supervision of  Professor Phil Bardin (Department of Medicine, Monash University) and fellow  Physiotherapy colleague Professor Terry Haines. The project will commence in  late 2016 and will explore the relationship between recovery of physical  function after acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and  different exacerbation aetiologies.

Celebrating Success

Melanie Farlie, a physiotherapist working at Monash Health concurrently undertaking her PhD in the  Department of Physiotherapy has been awarded the prestigious Maxwell King PhD Scholarship.  This scholarship has been created to honour  Professor Maxwell King, who made an outstanding contribution to graduate research at Monash  University, including eight years as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training).  The Maxwell King PhD Scholarship is awarded to the best applicant undertaking a PhD degree in any field of study, based on outstanding academic mer-it.  Melanie's project is titled “Development of a scale to rate intensity of balance challenge”. Her supervisors are Professor Terry Haines, Professor Jenny  Keating, and A/Professor Elizabeth Molloy.

Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning – Physiotherapy success

Congratulations to Dr Stephen Maloney from the Department of Physiotherapy, who is one of four Monash recipients honoured for an awards for University Teaching: Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Stephen was successful for his unique approaches in health professional education for enhancing and measuring the student experience, attainment of learning outcomes, and early engagement with industry. Congratulations Stephen!

Physio Funding success

Dr Narelle Cox has recently received funding as part of a research collaboration initiative. In 2016, Narelle will spend 6-weeks working with A/Prof Veronique Pepin and her team within the pulmonary rehabilitation research program at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Together, they will be working on developing methods of data processing and analysis applicable to sleep data which has been obtained from physical activity monitoring devices (accelerometry) specifically in people with chronic respiratory disease. This crossdisciplinary collaboration, including physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, sleep physicians and engineers, provides the opportunity to better understand relationship between physical activity and sleep in people with chronic respiratory disease, and the impact this has on health and healthcare utilisation.

Interviews for 2016 Cohort

Interviews for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2016 cohort will be held in the first half of January 2016.  Invitations to attend interview will be sent to eligible candidates after the release of ATAR scores


2015 National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

7 October 2015

Office for Learning and Teaching announcing the recipients of the 2015 National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. We are very pleased to advise that Dr Stephen Maloney from the Department of Physiotherapy is one of four Monash recipients. Dr Maloney has been selected to receive a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for his unique approaches in health professional education for enhancing and measuring the student experience, attainment of learning outcomes, and early engagement with industry.

Researchers have designed a smart chair that will make the office and workers safer and healthier.

'Smart' office chair helps with back posture

16 June 2015

Monash Health, Austin Health and Monash University researchers, are developing a "smart chair". The technology can read your posture in real time and advise you on improving your sitting position. Using 78 pressure sensors the chair can measure a person's weight distribution and translate this into an estimate of sitting posture. The chair will communicate to the sitter through email and text message to advise on how to adjust sitting posture. Research team member Professor Jenny Keating, from the Monash Department of Physiotherapy, says sitting postures may not be easy to change without sustained feedback: “The chair offers the potential to study posture adaptation in response to individualised feedback. It could provide a system for effective posture re-education that is integrated with our work life, and help us protect our joints from sustained end of range loading, or body configurations that cause pain.”. Herald Sun Article The Age Article

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The talent show not only recognised incredible musical and performance skills the students had, but also the sheer bravery of some students, whose talents were lacking.

Monash University Physiotherapy Philanthropic Extraordinary Talent Show (MUPPETS)

29 May 2015

The inaugural MUPPETS talent show was held on Friday 29th May at Monash’s Peninsula campus. It began merely as an idea to recognise the talent and humour of the Monash Physiotherapy students, however with help from the Peninsula campus management, Mick Storr and the Monash University Physiotherapy Society committee it became an extraordinary night. The talent show not only recognised incredible musical and performance skills the students had, but also the sheer bravery of some students, whose talents were lacking. Part of the drive to make this night a success was the charity we were supporting. The Eli Hayes Healey foundation supports families of sick children at the Monash Medical Centre with financial assistance. The night was one that seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by all, with audience members often heard saying one of two things “I can’t believe they are doing this!?” and “ I can’t believe they can do this!?” The night’s success was measured not only by the delight of the audience and those involved but on the $2000 we were able to raise for the Eli Hayes Healey foundation.
If you missed the night and would like to see the highlights please click here

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Student Danielle Galley learns manual techniques for the knee from senior lecturer and physiotherapist Mick Storr.

Physiotherapy graduates excel in practice

6 August 2014

Monash Physiotherapy has been recognised as   outstanding by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, which has reissued   accreditation to the University.

As part of the reaccreditation process, the department recently hosted a   group of Australian Physiotherapy Council members. Over two days, the group   spent time with physiotherapy staff, representatives of all student levels,   senior faculty staff (including the Dean, Head of School and Pro   Vice-Chancellor, Peninsula), and clinical partners at Monash Health and Alfred   Health.

In a report for the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, the Monash program   received many accolades, being described as outstanding and “the best ever   seen”.

“Monash University is to be commended on the quality of their graduate   outcomes as evidenced by the excellent Course Experience Questionnaire and   Graduate Destination Survey results," the council members said. "This was   confirmed by clinical partners who indicated they were the graduates of choice   due to their professionalism, knowledge, skills, initiative, and reflective   practice which leads them to be inquiring learners.”

In order to practise in Australia, physiotherapists must be registered with   the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, and meet the board's registration   standards. All physiotherapy programs must therefore demonstrate that their   students achieve the standards to permit graduates from that program to be   registered.

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy must submit annual documentation demonstrating   any changes in the curriculum and/or staff, and is subject to five-yearly   intensive scrutiny for re-accreditation.

The department is exceedingly proud of its curriculum, students, graduates   and staff, as well as the relationships they have established with clinical   partners who contribute to shaping the physiotherapists of the future.

Outstanding Physiotherapy student

Physiotherapy honours student, Ms Andrea Wong recently presented her research at the International Olympic Committee World Conference on prevention of injury and illness in sport, held in Monaco. It is quite rare for an undergraduate student to present at a scientific conference, and this achievement was particularly exceptional due to the very high profile of the conference and the fact that there were only 70 places allocated to podium presentations.

As if that wasn't enough, on the day she landed in Monaco, Andrea learnt that that she had been successful in her application to receive a $3000 Tertiary Health Scholarship and encouragement award to assist with the cost of her studies. Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local (EMML), sponsored the Tertiary Health Scholarships - a partnership between EMML, Inspiro and Yarra Ranges Council – to recognize and reward standout students. These scholarships represent investment by EMML back into the local community. The awards not only provide financial support to students who are studying a health science course, but aims to encourage the students to return to the area to practice in a health discipline.

It is an understatement to say that Andrea’s supervisors and the Physiotherapy department are incredibly proud of Andrea's achievements!

Research Fellowship Success

Dr. Christian Osadnik, a lecturer in the department of Physiotherapy, has recently been successful in an application for a post-doctoral long-term research fellowship through the European Respiratory Society. This fellowship will see Christian and his family move to Leuven, Belgium for one year where Christian will undertake a project investigating the physiological mechanisms of skeletal muscle responses to eccentric muscle training (downhill walking) in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Collaborative research will also be undertaken with the host institute to further their world-leading research into physical activity and patient reported outcomes (PRO) in COPD (the PROactive consortium). This fellowship will be supervised by Prof. Thierry Troosters and will commence September 1st, 2014. We wish Christian and his family all the best during this time and look forward to seeing Christian extend this research upon return to Monash University in late 2015.

Ass Prof Terry Haines

Associate Professor Terry Haines (right) receiving his award

Top prize for Physiotherapy Researcher

Professor Terry Haines from the Physiotherapy department has been awarded one of four NHMRC’s 20 top prizes for excellence in health and medical research, awarded to Monash researchers. The National Health and Medical Research Council’s Research Excellence Awards are presented to the top-ranked applicants across NHMRC’s funding schemes.

Professor Haines, Director of the Allied Health Research Unit at Monash Health and Director of Research for the Southern Physiotherapy, receives the Highest Ranked Career Development fellowship – Population Health, Level 2.

A physiotherapist and health economist,  Professor Haines focuses on health services research across a range of health care settings.

The Fellowship will see  Professor Haines lead several projects including a trial introducing GPs as staff at aged-care facilities to reduce hospital admissions and improve resident care. He will also evaluate the benefits and cost effectiveness of weekend allied health services on acute medical and surgical wards. For more information on the NHMRC Excellence Awards visit the NHMRC website.

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy students Jacqueline Gurr and Alison Dale

Physiotherapy students sail to success

18 November 2013

Two students studying their Bachelor of Physiotherapy have been recognised for their outstanding sailing talents with multiple awards from the Australian University Games (AUG) and Monash.

Jacqueline Gurr, a fourth year student and Alison Dale, a second year student, were each awarded a Green and Gold medal at the AUG. This was an amazing achievement for both Monash and the state of Victoria, as only six Green and Gold medals were awarded for sailing across Australia.

On top of that success, Alison will be awarded a ‘Full Monash Blue’ award and Jacqueline will be awarded ‘Monash Female Athlete of the Year' at the upcoming Monash Sport Awards. These titles are based off their performance at the Australian University Games and their involvement in the Australian Sailing Squad.

Jacqueline said the Monash Elite Athlete Program has been fantastic since qualifying for the Australian Sailing Squad this year.

"It has given me the opportunity and flexibility to travel to Europe and compete in the European circuit and World Championships while continuing my degree," Jacqueline said.

"I am honoured to have received this award as there are so many amazing athletes within Monash Sport. I would like to recognise the Australian Sailing Squad for their ongoing support towards the campaign but also the Monash Physiotherapy staff for supporting me through my studies while I was sailing."

Jacqueline has been involved in the Monash Sailing Team at the AUG for the four years of her degree and felt privileged to be given the opportunity to be co-captain of the Monash team at the 2012 AUG.

Alison said the best part of receiving the Full Monash Blue award was that she was nominated by her team mates.

"This is very humbling. I am very excited for the Monash Sport Awards as four members of our team will receive awards and the rest of the team is coming along to support. I think this really highlights the camaraderie between the Monash Sailing team members," Alison said.

"It's great to be part of the Monash Elite Athlete Program and to feel supported by both the University and the Physiotherapy department. It has been comforting to feel so supported with having such a challenging curriculum accompanied by my sailing commitments."

This was Alison's first year representing Monash at the AUG, she's now excited to sail with the team again next year.