Who we are

The PEDro Partnership was established in 1999 by a small group of physiotherapists, both clinicians and academics. It is now based in the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District. Our mission is to maximise the effectiveness of physiotherapy services by facilitating the clinical application of the best available evidence. The PEDro Partnership believes that “effective physiotherapy is people-centred, prevention-focused, safe and technically proficient, based on the best evidence available, and managed efficiently”.

The PEDro Partnership functions as a non-profit organisation to facilitate evidence-based physiotherapy through consultation with:

  • Professional organisations (including member organisations of World Physiotherapy)
  • Purchasers of physiotherapy services (including third party and worker’s compensation regulating authorities and insurance companies, and health funds)
  • Providers of physiotherapy (including physiotherapy departments, area health authorities, and private practitioners)
  • Physiotherapy registration and licensing authorities
  • Physiotherapy teaching programs, and
  • Groups representing the interests of consumers.

There are many obstacles to using of the best available evidence in routine physiotherapy clinical practice. The PEDro Partnership offers a range of services to help overcome these obstacles:

  • Access to evidence: The PEDro Partnership maintains the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and the Diagnostic Test Accuracy database (DiTA). PEDro is a database of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. DiTA is a database of primary studies and systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy related to physiotherapy. Both have been developed to give physiotherapists and others rapid access to the best evidence of treatment efficacy and the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Critical appraisal: Trials indexed in PEDro are rated for quality using the PEDro scale. The PEDro Partnership conducts lectures and workshops to equip users with the skills to critically appraise clinical research, including the online PEDro scale training program.
  • Implementation: Even where clear evidence of treatment effects exists, implementing evidence-based practice can be difficult, especially if the evidence conflicts with current practice. The PEDro Partnership facilitates the implementation of effective health care by working with individuals and groups on implementation projects. The PEDro Partnership can assist parties to select implementation strategies that have been shown to lead to behaviour change in health professions.

Steering committee

The PEDro Partnership is managed by a Steering Committee:

Professor Robert Herbert

Neuroscience Research Australia

PhD, MAppSc(ExSpSc), BAppSc(Physiother)

Rob is Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). He conducts clinical trials investigating the effects of physiotherapy interventions. He also conducts a program of research investigating the passive mechanical properties of muscles. He is one of the founders of PEDro.

Professor Catherine Sherrington

Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District

PhD, MPH, BAppSc(Physiother), FACP, FAHMS

Cathie leads the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability theme within the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health. Her research focuses on physical activity interventions to prevent falls and enhance mobility in older people and people with physical disabilities. She is one of the founders of PEDro.

Associate Professor Anne Moseley

Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District

PhD, GradDipAppSc(ExSpSci), BAppSc(Physiother)

Anne is Principal Research Fellow within the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health. Her research centres on evidence-based practice and waste in research. She is one of the founders of PEDro, and is responsible for the management of the PEDro resource. In 2019 Anne received the Mildred Elson Award, the highest honour that World Physiotherapy can bestow, for her contribution to evidence-based practice through her work with PEDro.

Professor Christopher Maher

Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District

DMedSc, PhD, BAppSc(Phty), GradDipAppSc(ExSpSci), GradDipAppSc(ManipPhty), FACP, FAHMS

Chris is a professor at The University of Sydney School of Public Health. His research aims to improve the care provided to people with back pain. He is one of the founders of PEDro.

Clinical Associate Professor Mark Elkins

The University of Sydney

PhD, MHSc, BA, BPhty

Mark teaches research methods to clinicians and mentors workplace-based research in the Sydney Local Health District. His personal research interests include: physical and pharmacological therapies in respiratory disease; co-ordinating these therapies to maximise the overall effect; and improving the understanding and application of published research by clinicians. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Sydney Medical School and the Scientific Editor of Journal of Physiotherapy.

Professor Steven Kamper

School of Health Sciences, University of Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

PhD, BAppSc(Physio), BSc(Hons)

Steve’s role as Professor of Allied Health is to train and support clinicians to conduct research as part of their clinical activities. The aim is to produce practice-relevant research embedded in day-to-day healthcare delivery. His research blends perspectives from the clinical treatment of pain with public health approaches to lifestyle-related health behaviours, in children and adults.

Advisory Panel

The PEDro Partnership has an Advisory Panel consisting of experts in various fields related to evidence-based practice. Advisory Panel members are:

Professor Leonardo Oliveira Pena Costa

Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Leo is the Head of the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy in the Universidade Cidade de São Paulo. His research focuses on the effects of non-pharmacological interventions for people with low back pain.

Professor Rebecca L Craik

Arcadia University, USA

Beck is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Arcadia University, having served previously as the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. A theme that threads through her research is adaptability, whether she is working with the older adult or examining animal models of human disease. She is co-principal investigator for the Improving Community Ambulation After Hip Fracture trial.

Professor Sally Green

Monash University, Australia

Sally is the Co-Director of Cochrane Australia. She is an active Cochrane reviewer. Her research aims to improve health outcomes by investigating the most effective and efficient pathway of knowledge from research result to sustained change in clinical practice and policy.

Professor Sallie Lamb

University of Exeter, UK

Sallie is the Mireille Gillings Professor of Health Innovation at the University of Exeter. She is an internationally recognised scholar in ageing, disability and rehabilitation. She is also an experienced methodologist in the area of clinical trials and high quality evaluation of health care practice.

Professor Philip van der Wees

Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Philip is a senior researcher at the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare (IQ Healthcare) of Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. His research projects are aimed at quality, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare. One of his main areas of research is the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines.

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