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Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050
 
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Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
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Physiotherapy

Our Research

Physiotherapy uses advanced techniques and evidence-based care to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve exercise capacity and quality of life. Physiotherapists in Sydney Local Health District work in areas of rehabilitation, acute care, maintenance of functional mobility, chronic disease management, patient and carer education, community care (including child and family), and injury prevention.

The Physiotherapy Departments in SLHD (RPAH, Concord, Balmain and Canterbury Hospitals) are involved in research to improve patient care. Current research projects aim to improve the exercise capacity, quality of life and self-management of people with chronic conditions including: chronic lung disease particularly cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); stroke; pelvic exoneration; as well as treatment modalities for musculoskeletal conditions and burns patients, and airway clearance techniques for respiratory conditions.

Physiotherapy uses advanced techniques and evidence-based care to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve exercise capacity and quality of life. Physiotherapists in Sydney Local Health District work in areas of rehabilitation, acute care, maintenance of functional mobility, chronic disease management, patient and carer education, community care (including child and family), and injury prevention.

Current Research:

Balmain: Balmain hospital physiotherapy department commenced recruitment for a pulmonary rehabilitation study in March 2017. This study is investigating if 12 weeks of rehabilitation is better than 8 weeks of rehabilitation.

Canterbury: Physiotherapy department at Canterbury Hospital engages in QI projects annually.

Concord: Physiotherapy Department at Concord Hospital has on-going research and QI projects across different clinical streams. Staff also involve in multi-centres trials. Topics include service review and patient care.

Key Achievements

  • Effect of pulmonary rehabilitation of 8 weeks duration compared to 12 weeks on exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PuRe Duration): a randomised controlled trial. Chief investigator is Joshua Bishop and recruitment is also occurring at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with Lissa Spencer and Amanda Piggott, as well as Concord Hospital with Regina Leung and Natanya Haggman, and Jennifer Alison SLHD.
  • Musculo-skeletal -collaboration between Concord, university and other hospitals
  • Burns - collaboration with fellow Concord team members as well as overseas sites.
  • Respiratory - collaboration between Concord and other stake holders investigating benefit of techniques and devices.

Awards/Medals

Alison JA. Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.


Research Staff

  • Professor Jennifer Alison - Allied Health research support through the Allied Health Professorial Unit, SLHD
  • Dr Ruth Dentice - clinical staff with research interests
  • Dr Lissa Spencer - clinical staff with research interests
  • Ms May Kwan - clinical staff with research interests as part of masters program
  • Mr Bill Zafiropoulos - research support through Allied Health Professorial Unit, SLHD
  • Ms Yu Gu - clinical staff with research interests as part of PhD program
  • Mr Joshua Bishop - clinical staff with research interests as part of PhD program
  • Mr Frank Li
  • Ms Y Silva
  • Mr D Roberts
  • Mr Mark Halliday
  • Ms Regina Leung

Higher Degree Students:

PhD:

  • Ms Yu Gu
  • Mr Joshua Bishop
  • Mr Mark Halliday

Masters:

  • Ms May Kwan


Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Yu Gu, Sarah Dennis (2016) Are falls prevention programs effective at reducing the risk factors for falls in people with type-2 diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy: a systematic review with narrative synthesis
  2. Dentice R, Elkins M (2016) Timing of dornase alfa inhalation for cystic fibrosis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD007923. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007923.pub4
  3. Button, B.M., Wilson, C., Dentice, R., Cox, N.S., Middleton, A., Tannenbaum, E., Bishop, J., Cobb, R., Burton, K., Wood, M. and Moran, F (2016) Physiotherapy for cystic fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand: A clinical practice guideline. Respirology, 21(4), pp.656-667.
  4. Dentice, R.L., Elkins, M.R., Middleton, P.G., Bishop, J.R., Wark, P.A., Dorahy, D.J., Harmer, C.J., Hu, H. and Bye, P.T (2016) A randomised trial of hypertonic saline during hospitalisation for exacerbation of cystic fibrosis.Thorax, 71(2), pp.141-147
  5. Dennis, C., Menadue, C., Harmer, A., Barnes, D., Alison, J (2016) Effect of non-invasive ventilation on the measurement of ventilatory and metabolic variables. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 228, 76-82.
  6. Santos, M., Milross, M., Alison, J. (2016) Therapist-Made Bubble-Positive Expiratory Pressure: A Survey of Physiotherapists in Australia. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 27(1), 3-10.
  7. Zainuldin M, Mackey M, Alison JA (2016) Prescribing cycle exercise intensity using moderate symptom levels in COPD J CardioPul Rehab 36: 195-202
  8. Johnston CL, Maxwell LJ, Alison JA (2016) Establishing and delivering pulmonary rehabilitation in rural and remote settings: The opinions, attitudes and concerns of health care professionals. Aust J Rural Health 24 (2):106-114
  9. Tsai, L., Alison, J., McKenzie, D., McKeough, Z. (2016) Physical activity levels improve following discharge in people admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 13(1), 23-32.
  10. Hoffman T, Maher C, Briffa T, Sherrington C, Bennell K, Alison J, Fiatarone Singh M, Glasziou P (2016) Prescribing exercise interventions for patients with chronic conditions Canadian Medical Association Journal 188 (7):510-518
  11. Alison JA, McKeough ZJ, Jenkins S, Holland AE, Hill K, Morris NR, Leung R, Williamson KA, Spencer L, Hill C, Lee A, Seale H, Cecins N, McDonald CF (2016) A randomised controlled trial of supplemental oxygen versus medical air during exercise training in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: supplemental oxygen in pulmonary rehabilitation trial (SuppORT) (Protocol). BMC Pulmonary Medicine 16 :25
  12. McNamara RJ, Tsai LL, Wootton SL, Ng CLW, Dale MT, McKeough ZJ, Alison JA (2016) Measurement of daily physical activity using the SenseWear Armband: Compliance, comfort, adverse side effects and usability. Chronic Respiratory Disease. 2016:1-11. DOI: 10.1177/1479972316631138
  13. Cox N, Alison JA, Button BM, Wilson JW, Morton JM, Holland AE (2016) Physical activity participation by adults with cystic fibrosis: An observational study. Respirology 21:511-518
  14. Halliday et al. a randomised controlled trial comparing Mckenzie therapy and motor control exercises on the recruitment of trunk muscles in people with chronic low back pain: A trial protocol. Physio. 2015; 101(2)
  15. Halliday et al. A randomised controlled trial comparing the McKenzie method to motor control exercises in people with chronic low back pain and a directional preferences. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016; 46(7)
  16. Chen J. and Li F. An observation of overseas Burns Service. Chinese Burns Assoc. 2017
  17. Issy-Fisher A et al. Ablative fractional CO2 laser for burn scar reconstruction: an extensive subjective and objective short term outcome analysis of a prospective treatment cohort. Burns, 2016
  18. Deng et al. BICU: a retrospective cohort study. Burns 2016.

Presentations:

National and International:

  1. Alison JA (2016). Delivering effective pulmonary rehabilitation with minimal equipment. Meet the Professor, invited speaker. American Thoracic Society Conference, San Francisco, USA .
  2. Alison JA (2015). Airways Conference, Melbourne. Overview of laboratory and field-based exercise tests
  3. Alison JA (2016). Field walking tests for exercise prescription. Keynote speaker. XVIII International Symposium on Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy in Intensive Care, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  4. Alison JA (2016). Alternatives to equipment-based pulmonary rehabilitation. Keynote speaker. XVIII International Symposium on Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy in Intensive Care, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  5. Alison JA (2016). Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy in Australia. International Panel Discussion. Plenary session. XVIII International Symposium on Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy in Intensive Care, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  6. Spencer L, Alison J, Finch J, Perrott R (2016) Improving access to rehabilitation: a redesign project. European respiratory conference London
  7. Dentice R (2016) CF Conference

State:

  1. Spencer L, Alison J, Finch J, Perrott R (2016) Redesigning rehabilitation. NSW ACI webex

District:

  1. Alison JA (2016). Getting COPD patients better with a good workout. Invited presentation. Innovation and Research Symposium, Sydney Local Health district.
  2. Spencer L, Alison J, Finch J, Perrott R (2016) Improving access to rehabilitation: a redesign project. SLHD Allied Health Symposium
  3. Spencer L, Alison J, Finch J, Perrott R (2016) Redesigning rehabilitation. ACI webex
  4. Bishop, J and Nolan, S (2016). Cardiac Rehabilitation a SLHD chronic redesign project poster presentation. Balmain Hospital Symposium.

 


Research Grants

GRANTING BODY

AWARDEES

PROJECT TITLE

YEARS total $

Years

National Health and Medical Research Council

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases: Prevention and Management of Chronic Lung Diseases

Alison JA, Jenkins C, Maguire G, Jan S, Shaw T, Dennis S, McKeough Z, Lee V

Implementing evidence into practice to improve chronic lung disease management in Indigenous Australians: the "Breathe Easy, Walk Easy-Lungs for Life" (BE WELL) project.

$780,089.10

2016

Sydney Local Health District Allied Health Seeding Grants

Bishop J, Spencer L, Alison JA

Effect of a pulmonary rehabilitation program of 8 weeks duration compared to 12 weeks on exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A randomised controlled trial

$5,000

2016

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2016-2019.

Brooks D, Beauchamp M, Goldstein R, Alison JA, Camp P, Dechman G, Harrison S, Holland AE, Lee A, Skinner E, Marques A, Moineddin R, Sandoz J, Spencer LM, Strickland M..

Randomized Controlled Trial of Balance Training for fall reduction in individuals with COPD

$903,110(Canadian).

2016-2019

Physiotherapy Research Foundation .

Cheng S, McKeough ZJ, Alison JA, Stamatakis E

The effectiveness and feasibility of a behaviour-change intervention to reduce sedentary time in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A pilot randomised controlled trial.

$7,418.96

2016

Allied Health Workplace Learning Grant, Health Education and Training Institute (HETI), NSW

Alison JA

Research Education for Allied Health via Podcasts

 

2016

University of Sydney Bridging Grant

McKeough Z, Alison JA, Jenkins C, Leung R, Ganderton L, Chan A

Effect of Tai Chi on COPD: Ancient Exercise for a Modern Problem.

$30,000

2016

University of Sydney Strategic Education Grant

McEntee M, Fong J, Hughes V, Bassett E, Alison J, Kench P, Littlefair S

Radiological anatomy and pathology of the chest

$28,200

2016

Physiotherapy Discipline Director: Ms Ruth Perrott

Contact details for department

Department/Unit: Physiotherapy
Address:
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 9853
Facsimile: (02) 9515 9751
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: lissa.spencer@health.nsw.gov.au