Meet the people behind PEDro

Since 1999 PEDro has been providing rapid access to the best research evaluating the effects of physiotherapy interventions. PEDro is coordinated by a small group of physiotherapists who form the PEDro Steering Committee. During 2021 some of the founding members are passing the baton to a new generation of PEDro leaders. We extend our sincere gratitude to Rob Herbert and Chris Maher, who have both decided to come off the Committee. Both have contributed with dedication, tenacity, and great foresight. Words cannot express how inspiring it has been to work closely with these two giants of the physiotherapy profession.

In this post we will reacquaint you with the continuing members of the PEDro Steering Committee (Cathie Sherrington, Anne Moseley, Mark Elkins and Steve Kamper). It is with great pleasure that we will also introduce our new members (Adrian Traeger, Natalie Collins, Chris Williams and Zoe Michaleff).

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.

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.

Dr Adrian Traeger
Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District
PhD, MPhty, BSc(Hons)
Adrian is an National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) Early Career Fellow at The University of Sydney. His research interests include clinical management of back pain, patient education, and overuse of healthcare.

Dr Natalie Collins
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland
PhD, MSportsPhysio, BPhty(Hons)
Natalie is an Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland. Her research centres around improving the lives of people with patellofemoral pain conditions, including adolescents and young adults with patellofemoral pain, and older adults with patellofemoral osteoarthritis.

Associate Professor Christopher Williams
Hunter New England Population Health and School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
PhD, MPhysio, BExSpSc
Chris is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Fellow (Emerging Leader 2) at the University of Newcastle and with Hunter New England and Mid North Coast Local Health Districts. His research focuses on testing treatment and implementation strategies to support people, from children to the elderly, and health services to manage painful conditions and associated chronic disease risks.

Dr Zoe Michaleff
Institute for Evidence Based Healthcare, Bond University
PhD, BAppSc(Physiotherapy)
Zoe is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Evidence Based Healthcare, Bond University. Her research focuses on evidence-based diagnosis, prognosis, and sustainable management of health conditions across the life course. She aims to support healthcare professional’s journey as they navigate the evidence maze from research users to research participants and eventually research leaders. Zoe is also passionate about making evidence-based information more accessible and useable by patients.

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