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Physiotherapy Research

The Physiotherapy Departments in Sydney Local Health District 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 exenteration; as well as treatment modalities for musculoskeletal conditions and burns patients, and airway clearance techniques for respiratory conditions.

Selected Grants

Amount awarded Grant and project details
$480,078 Medical Research Future Fund Preventive and Public Health Research Grant 2019, 2020-2023
Physical activity promotion by health professionals to increase physical activity: two hybrid type II implementation-effectiveness cluster randomised waitlist controlled trials in hospital outpatient settings.
Investigator: Hassett L, Sherrington C, Pinheiro M, Howard K, Jennings M, Greaves C, Alison J, Walkley J, Haynes A.
$150,000 Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant, 2019-2020
Better participation in exercise for people aged 50+ and people with physical disabilities through health professional education
Investigator: Sherrington C, Richards B, Baur L, Bauman A, Harvey L, Phongsavan P, Alison J, Tiedemann A, Smith B, Hassett L, West K, Rissel C, Cole J, Walkley J, Dwyer G. 
$25,000 Sydney Local Health District The Pitch, 2019
The “You Matter” Equal Access to Cystic Fibrosis Care Initiative -Via Telehealth Lung Function
Investigators: Dentice R, Sivam S.

Our Publications

2021

Cheng SWM, Alison J, Stamatakis E, Dennis S, McNamara R, Spencer L, McKeough Z. Six-week behaviour change intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax Published Online First: 05 July 2021. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-214885
Jee AS, Sheehy R, Hopkins P, Corte TJ, Grainge C, Troy LK, Symons K, Spencer LM, Reynolds PN, Chapman S, de Boer S, Reddy T, Holland AE, Chambers DC, Glaspole IN, Jo HE, Bleasel JF, Wrobel JP, DowmanL, Parker MJS, Wilsher ML, Goh NSL, Moodley Y, Keir GJ.Jee AS, et al. Diagnosis and management of connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease in Australia and New Zealand: A position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Respirology. 2021 Jan;26(1):23-51. doi: 10.1111/resp.13977. Epub 2020 Nov 24.
McLean AEB, Webster SE, Fry M, Lau EM, Corte P, Torzillo PJ, Troy LK, Jo HE, Geis M, Rhodes JE, Cleary S, Spencer L, Corte TJ. Priorities and expectations of patients attending a multidisciplinary interstitial lung disease clinic.  Respirology. 2021 Jan;26(1):80-86. doi: 10.1111/resp.13913. Epub 2020 Aug 17.
Leung RWM, Alison JA, Jenkins SC, Holland AE, Hill K, Morris NR, Spencer LM, Hill CJ, Lee AL, Seale HE, Cecins NM, McDonald CF, McKeough ZJ.Leung RWM, et al. Use of supplemental oxygen during exercise testing and training for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a survey of Australian pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Braz J Phys Ther. 2021 Jan-Feb;25(1):97-102. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.04.003. Epub 2020 May 15.Braz J Phys Ther. 2021. PMID: 32499168
Hill K, Chao YL, Cavalheri V, Ng LWC, Wootton SL, McKeough ZJ, Jenkins SC, Eastwood PR, Hillman DR, Jenkins C, Cecins N, Spencer LM, Alison JA. Increasing Walking Speed to Achieve a Pre-training Endurance Shuttle Walk Time of 5-10 min May Improve Test Responsiveness in People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2021 Jul 1;41(4):264-266. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000575.
Bishop JA, Spencer LM, Dwyer TJ, McKeough ZJ, McAnulty A, Alison JA Change in Exercise Capacity and Health-Related Quality of Life at Four and Eight Weeks of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in People with COPD. .COPD. 2021 Dec;18(6):612-620. doi: 10.1080/15412555.2021.2013793. Epub 2021 Dec 19.
Mendes LPS, Parreira VF, Spencer LM, Vieira DSR, Alison JA.Validity and Responsiveness of the Glittre-ADL Test without a Backpack in People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD. 2020 Aug;17(4):392-400. doi: 10.1080/15412555.2020.1756236. Epub 2020 Jun 29.PMID: 32594774 Clinical Trial.
McKeough ZJ, Large SL, Spencer LM, Cheng SWM, McNamara RJ. An observational study of self-reported sedentary behaviour in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchiectasis. Braz J Phys Ther. 2020 Sep-Oct;24(5):399-406. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2019.05.005. Epub 2019 Jun 5.
Cox NS, Lahham A, McDonald CF, Mahal A, O'Halloran P, Hepworth G, Spencer L, McNamara RJ, Bondarenko J, Macdonald H, Gavin S, Burge AT, Le Maitre C, Ringin C, Webb E, Nichols A, Tsai LL, Luxton N, van Hilten S, Santos M, Crute H, Byrne M, Boursinos H, Broe J, Corbett M, Marceau T, Warrick B, Boote C, Melinz J, Holland AE. Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation early after hospitalisation in COPD (early HomeBase): protocol for a randomised controlled trial. .BMJ Open Respir Res. 2021 Nov;8(1):e001107. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2021-001107.
Dowman LM, May AK, Hill CJ, Bondarenko J, Spencer L, Morris NR, Alison JA, Walsh J, Goh NSL, Corte T, Glaspole I, Chambers DC, McDonald CF, Holland AE. High intensity interval training versus moderate intensity continuous training for people with interstitial lung disease: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. .BMC Pulm Med. 2021 Nov 10;21(1):361. doi: 10.1186/s12890-021-01704-2.
Leung RWM, Alison JA, Jenkins SC, Holland AE, Hill K, Morris NR, Spencer LM, Hill CJ, Lee AL, Seale HE, Cecins NM, McDonald CF, McKeough ZJ.Use of supplemental oxygen during exercise testing and training for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a survey of Australian pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Braz J Phys Ther. 2021 Jan-Feb;25(1):97-102. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.04.003. Epub 2020 May 15.
Coombs D, Machado GC, Richards B, Wilson R, Chan J, Storey H, Maher CG. Healthcare costs due to low back pain in the emergency department and inpatient setting in Sydney, Australia. The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific 2021;7: 100089
Coombs DM, Machado GC, Richards B, Needs C, Buchbinder R, Harris I, Howard K, McCaffery K, Billot L, Edwards J, Rogan E, Facer R,Li Q, Maher CG. Effectiveness of a multifaceted intervention to improve emergency department care of low back pain: a stepped-wedge cluster-randomised trial. BMJ Quality & Safety 2021; doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2020-012337.
Traeger AC, Machado GC, Bath S, Tran M, Roper L, Oliveira C, Peek A, Coombs D,Hall A, Tcharkhedian E, Maher CG. Appropriateness of imaging decisions for low back pain presenting to the emergency department: a retrospective chart review study. Int J Qual Health Care. 2021 Jul 24;33(3):mzab103. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzab103. PMID: 34260690.
Zadro JR, Needs C, Foster NE, Martens D, Coombs DM, Machado GC, Adams C, Han CS, Maher CG. Feasibility of delivering and evaluating stratified care integrated with telehealth ('Rapid Stratified Telehealth') for patients with low back pain: protocol for a feasibility and pilot randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2022 Jan 11;12(1):e056339. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056339. PMID: 35017255; PMCID: PMC8753403.
Barakat-Johnson M et al including Reedy N. Efficacy of a heel off loading boot in reducing heel pressure injuries in australian ICUs: a single randomised trial. Intensive critical care Nursing 2022