I have worked on a number of health related research topics that have covered many different clinical conditions and biological systems. These topics have included obesity, Paget’s disease of bone, the implication of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection in the etiology of atherosclerosis, hypertension, solid tumours and type 2 diabetes in both a community based education program as well as a laboratory based project.
My current research projects at Division of Molecular and Gene Therapies include trying to produce more effective safer treatments for solid tumours.
Dr Judy Hough is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University lecturing in paediatrics and evidence based physiotherapy practice. Additionally, she is a physiotherapist consultant in the neonatal nursery at Mater Mothers Hospital and an honorary Associate Professor at Mater Research-UQ where she is the co-program leader of the Critical Care of the Newborn (CCNB) research program and the respiratory team leader. She has over 30 years’ experience working clinically in neonatal nurseries both in Australia and the UK and provides consultant advice on neonatal management to physiotherapists around the world. In 2009, Judy completed a PhD investigating the effect of chest physiotherapy on lung function in the preterm infant. Her research interests are in the area of neonatal respiratory management and her research projects include assessing the effect of positioning, suctioning and high flow nasal cannula on lung function in the preterm infant, and the use of electrical impedance tomography to assess lung function.
Professor Kuys is the Head of the Discipline of Physiotherapy and is based at Banyo campus of Australian Catholic University. Suzanne is a highly experienced clinician having worked in tertiary and regional Queensland hospitals for more than 20 years. Suzanne’s doctoral research explored high intensity treadmill training in stroke survivors and she has received several awards for her outstanding research and clinical achievements. Her research interests include rehabilitation following stroke, gait and balance rehabilitation, ageing, outcome measures and cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity in chronic disease populations.
I started my physiotherapy career as a clinician initially in rotating positions then specialising in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, in particular intensive care. Prior to commencing at ACU I was an academic at the University of Sydney where I taught into undergraduate, graduate-entry and post-graduate programs, and supervised Honours students. I was also a member of the clinical education team for a number of years, managing clinical placements for students. I commenced at ACU in 2011 and am leading the development and teaching of the cardiorespiratory curriculum. I was awarded my PhD in 2004 for my thesis titled "Factors that may influence the effectiveness of manual hyperinflation in assisting secretion clearance in intubated and ventilated patients".
My physiotherapy clinical experience is in sports and musculoskeletal settings and this clinical experience has led to my two areas of research. My primary area of research, and the focus of my PhD, focuses on understanding and enhancing the function of older adults. My research assesses the influence of novel exercise and non-exercise interventions on strength, mobility and balance in older adults. My second area of research is focused on classification in Paralympic sport. I am currently involved in an international project that is developing and assessing the validity of an evidenced based classification system for Para swimming.
Dr Ann Rahmann is a lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the Banyo Campus of the Australian Catholic University and a senior clinical physiotherapist at the Brighton Rehabilitation Unit in the Metro North Hospital and Health Service District. Ann has continued to work clinically since graduating and has extensive experience in the sub-acute and community sectors across public and private contexts. Ann’s clinical and research interests include optimising the rehabilitation and transition back to home of older adults, the assessment and management of people with vestibular dysfunction including those with concussion and aquatic physiotherapy interventions. Ann completed her PhD in 2012 investigating the benefit of early inpatient aquatic physiotherapy after joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Sue Reid is a senior lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University in North Sydney, Australia. She has been a recognised manipulative physiotherapist (Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist) since 1987 and a Certified Mulligan Practitioner since 2010. Her clinical interests are to treat neck pain, dizziness, headaches, and TMJ problems. Sue has completed her research masters and PhD on the identification and treatment of cervicogenic dizziness and pain. She has published on neurodynamic testing of the upper limb, musculoskeletal pain related to usage of mobile devices (Smartphones, ipads and laptops) and validating Dr Goniometer for forearm movement. She has presented and run workshops at several international conferences, published in international journals, written a book chapter and been invited to run Webinars. Current research projects include concussion assessment and management, cervical spine movement and proprioception in cricketers, the Broken Wrist Study (a randomized controlled trial assessing the physiotherapy management after a fractured radius).
Dr. Audrey P. Wang is a Lecturer in Neurology. She completed her PhD in 2017 (PhD Scholar Australian Pain Society/ Australian Pain Relief Association) with Neuroscience Research Australia and Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales. Her clinical neuroscience PhD investigated complex regional pain syndrome with neuroimaging and psychophysical methodologies. She holds a Masters of Science in Applied Biomechanics from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom and an undergraduate physiotherapy degree from Otago University, New Zealand. She is a practising physiotherapist with extensive experience in pain management and education in the principles of self-management in complex and chronic conditions. Her research interests are broad from basic science research to translational research. They include understanding mechanisms in pain and proprioception, improving outcome measurements, rehabilitation, education and diagnostics in pain and geriatric health.