Overview of the Physiotherapy Research Group

The mission of the Physiotherapy Research Group is to build the health of our communities by developing practical strategies & solutions through pragmatic physiotherapy & health research in real-world settings.

Current areas of research

Tactical Injury & Performance Risk Management (Lead: Rob Orr)

  • Military
  • Police
  • Fire Fighters / First Responders

Paediatric Physiotherapy & Clinical Education (Lead: Nikki Milne)

  • Child Health and Development
  • Physical Activity
  • Child Obesity / Metabolic Disease
  • Clinical Education, Interprofessional Education, Action Based Learning

Clinical Physiotherapy & Clinical Education (Lead: Wayne Hing)

  • Manual Therapy
  • Physiotherapy in Sports & Exercise
  • Clinical Education
  • Physical Activity, Mobility & Rehabilitation in Acute Care and Community Settings
  • Outcome Measures

Health of Communities (Lead: Adjunct Professor Rod Pope)

  • Injury Prevention & Management
  • Injury Surveillance
  • Health Services & Other Community Assets in Health
  • Physical Activity, Mobility & Participation
  • Community-Based Approaches for Health


  • United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • University of Colorado: Colorado Springs
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Australian Defence Force
  • New South Wales Police Force
  • Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • Southern Cross University
  • QLD Health
  • NSW Health
  • Pindara Hospital
  • John Flynn Hospital
  • NSW Department of Education, Training & Employment
  • QLD Department of Education, Training & Employment
  • University of Queensland
  • AUT University
  • Griffith University
  • Gold Coast University Hospital
  • The Wesley Hospital
  • Stanford University
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute


  • Rebecca Terry: Relationships between summative coursework assessments & student performance in clinical practice settings
  • Amanda Hannan: High intensity aerobic and resistance  interval training in supervised cardiac rehabilitation and home environments
  • Kirstin MacDonald: Evaluation of the Tweed Healthy Schools Action Based Learning Program
  • Jaclyn Szkwara: Medical compression garments to manage prenatal pain & in postnatal recovery
  • Clare MacFarlane: Effect of orthoses on gait & mobility in children with cerebral palsy
  • Katherine Doiron: Early mobilisation & functional outcome measurement in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit
  • Cherie Zischke: Improving access to paediatric physiotherapy: can video technology help?
  • Josephine Grigg: Biomechanics of BMX at the start gate (In conjunction with EXSCI)
  • Timothy Whitehouse: The Epidemiology of injury in Australian Professional Rugby Union (In conjunction with EXSCI)
  • Jo Gooderson: Evaluate current Interprofessional Student Health Team Model (ISHTM) programs, and develop an evidence based manual for implementation of ISHTM throughout Australian Schools (In conjunction with Nutrition/Dietetics)

If you are interested in research collaboration or undertaking a Higher Degree by Research in one of the areas listed above, please contact the Lead Researcher for that area to discuss your interest.