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60 seconds with Professor Julie Hides

Professor Hides is Head of the School of Physiotherapy, based at ACU’s Brisbane Campus.

How would I spend my ideal day?

I was fortunate to have an ideal day just last Sunday, which I spent with my husband and three children at Great Keppel Island. The weather was warm and picture perfect and we spent the day snorkelling and boom-netting off the back of a boat.....plus enjoying a great BBQ.

In life I have learnt...

Be true to yourself and be happy in your own skin. While work and careers are important, enjoy and cherish your family life too.

Something that inspires me...

How children will try anything new without fear of failure.

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What would surprise most people about my job?

The broad scope of physiotherapy practice. Most people see only the sports physiotherapist running onto the field on TV. Physiotherapists work with people of all ages (neonate to elderly), with many conditions, in various places.

What has been the most significant development in my field since starting my career?

In Queensland, Bachelor of Physiotherapy degrees have been awarded by UQ since 1951. However, this was not the case in several other states and the Dawkins reform (1987) led to the training of physiotherapists moving into the university sector the early 1990s.

Movement of physiotherapy programs into universities has allowed physiotherapy in Australia to become a strong academic and clinical discipline. Several Australian universities have world renowned research programs whose outcomes are driving teaching and learning to ensure graduates are skilled in contemporary evidence-based clinical practices.

If I could invite any five people to dinner, who would they be and why?

Life is so busy these days with work and family life that I don’t really see my girlfriends as often as I would like. I would catch up with five good old friends from different stages of life, from the two girls I grew up (who lived across the street) with whom I happily paddled in the blow-up pool, to a couple of good school friends (with whom I got up to all kinds of things) and a close university friend who I should see more often. Maybe a nice cosy restaurant, lots of laughter and a good bottle or two of wine...