evidence for the best care for patients is a priority in the St Vincent’s
Hospital Physiotherapy Department and research projects are embedded within all
clinical teams. The research undertaken in the Physiotherapy Department has a
focus on supporting clinical projects, building on the expertise of physiotherapy
staff and specialist services in the hospital and ensuring translation of
evidence based practice to get the best possible health outcomes for our patients.
In recent years there have been a number of studies completed in Advanced Musculoskeletal
Physiotherapy practice, sub-acromial pain syndrome and rotator cuff
tendinopathy, knee osteoarthritis as well as geriatric and stroke physiotherapy
assessment and management. The Physiotherapy department has strong affiliations
with experienced researchers, Universities and organisations both in Australia
and overseas and continues to involve as many staff as possible in producing
evidence that improves patient care.
Physiotherapy department has a number of staff completing Higher Degrees by
Research and is currently involved in several local and multi-centre national
and international studies in intensive care, post-operative pulmonary
complications, pre-operative exercise for people with lung cancer, telehealth
for people with knee osteoarthritis, exercises for sub-acromial pain and
rotator cuff conditions, lateropulsion and robotic technology in rehabilitation
B., Pizzari, T., Kinsella, R., Hope, D., & Cook, J. L. (2019). Current
trends in tendinopathy management. Best Practice & Research Clinical
McClelland, J., Geigle, P., Rahmann, A., Villalta, E., Mentiplay, B., &
Clark, R. (2019). Force during functional exercises on land and in water in
older adults with and without knee osteoarthritis: Implications for
rehabilitation. The Knee, 26(1), 61-72.
Harding, P., Burge, A., Walter, K., Shaw, B., Page, C., Phan, U., ... & Liew, S. (2018). Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapists in post arthroplasty review clinics: a state wide implementation program evaluation. Physiotherapy, 104(1), 98-106.
Birnbaum, MA., Brock, K., Clark, RA., Hill, KD. (2018) Measuring lateropulsion following stroke: a feasibility study using Wii Balance Board technology. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 46(1): 36-42. doi:10.15619/NZJP/46.1.06
Black, S., Nicholas, C., Cotton, S., & Brock, K. (2018). Determining discharge destination in geriatric evaluation and management units: Is progressive goal attainment a better early indicator of discharge destination than improvement in functional independence measure scores?. Geriatrics & gerontology international.
Shaw, B. R., Heywood, S. E., Page, C. J., Phan, U. M., Harding, P. A., Walter, K., ... & Granger, C. L. (2018). Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy: Barriers and enablers to multi‐site implementation. Musculoskeletal care.
Heywood, S., Pua, Y., McClelland, J., Geigle, P., Rahmann, A., Bower, K., & Clark, R. (2018). Low-cost electromyography–Validation against a commercial system using both manual and automated activation timing thresholds. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.
Dabare, C., Le Marshall, K., Leung, A., Page, C. J., Choong, P. F., & Lim, K. K. (2017). Differences in presentation, progression and rates of arthroplasty between hip and knee osteoarthritis: Observations from an osteoarthritis cohort study‐a clear role for conservative management. International journal of rheumatic diseases, 20(10), 1350-1360.
Melissa Birnbaum, Keith Hill, Rita Kinsella, Susan Black, Ross Clark, Kim Brock (2017): Comprehensive clinical sitting balance measures for individuals following stroke: a systematic review on the methodological quality. Disability and Rehabilitation http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2016.1261947
Kinsella R, Cowan SM, Watson L and Pizzari T (2017). Comparison of isometric, isotonic concentric and isotonic eccentric exercises in the physiotherapy management of subacromial pain syndrome/rotator cuff tendinopathy: study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMC Trials (published on-line Nov 14 2017).
Kinsella R, and Pizzari T. (2017). Electromyographic activity of the shoulder muscles during rehabilitation exercises in subjects with and without subacromial pain syndrome: a systematic review. Shoulder Elbow: 9(2):112-126. (Epub 2016 Aug 13. )
Kinsella R, Collins T, Shaw B, Sayer J, Cary B, Walby A, Cowan S (2017). Management of patients brought in by ambulance to the emergency department: role of the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Aust Health Rev. Publlished on-line first May 2017
Sayer J, Kinsella R, Cary B, Burge A, Kimmel L, Harding P (2017). Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapists are effective and safe in managing patients with acute low back pain presenting to emergency departments. Aust Health Rev. Publlished on-line first May 2017.
Eckhardt G, Haase G, Brock K, Hummelsheim H (2016) The Interactive-Dialogue in the Bobath concept: a mixed methods study. Int J Ther Rehabil 23:233- 42.
Graven C, Brock K, Hill K, Cotton S, Joubert L (2016) First year after stroke: an integrated approach focusing on participation goals aiming to reduce depressive symptoms. Stroke 47:2820 -7.
Ilett, P., Lythgo, N., Martin, C., & Brock, K. (2016). Balance and gait in people with multiple sclerosis: a comparison with healthy controls and the immediate change after an intervention based on the Bobath concept. Physiotherapy Research International, 21(2), 91-101