Paediatric physiotherapy

This program focuses on generating and implementing new evidence to promote development, wellbeing and participation for both children with and/or high risk of developmental difficulties/disabilities and their families. This program has two streams: i. early detection of neurodevelopmental outcomes and ii. early intervention, rehabilitation and physical activity to optimise outcomes. Our multi-disciplinary research has a broad range of expertise spanning the newborn period to adolescents, including preterm birth and cerebral palsy. It is a priority of our research team to involve consumers in all stages of the research process, collaborating with children, parents, clinicians, service providers and professional bodies. The research program includes studies conducted with both quantitative and qualitative methods, covering digital health, co-design and knowledge translation. The studies are commonly conducted with several of our partner hospitals in Melbourne Australia, including the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Women’s Hospital and Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service.


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Professor Alicia Spittle

Associate Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences | Her research interest include infant and child development, early intervention, parent well-being, consumer engagement and implementation science
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Professor Jennifer McGinley

Head, Department of Physiotherapy | Research areas include movement and function across the lifespan in healthy people and those with neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder
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Dr Rachel Toovey

Lecturer | Research areas including paediatrics, disability and inclusive participation in physical activity
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Dr Tara Fitzgerald

Lecturer | Research interests include physical activity participation in early childhood, and long-term outcomes for infants born preterm
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Dr Abbey Eeles

Research Fellow | Research areas include the impact of developmental therapy and early intervention on brain development and rehabilitation in the newborn period and beyond, and the role parents play in delivering this intervention
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Dr Tandy Hastings-Ison

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
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Dr Amanda Kwong

Research Fellow | Research areas include early detection assessment and implementation of movement problems in high risk infants

Graduate Researchers

Reem Albesher

Kate Cameron

John Carey

Free Coulston

Katy de Valle

Francyne Finlayson

Kate Rawnsley