• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

I am a PhD graduate at Bond University with a background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and research in water based sports.  Key research interests

Lead researcher within Water-based Research Unit at Bond University investigating the musculoskeletal and physiological adaptations in the sport of surfing.

Established a national collaboration with Surfing Australia and an international collaboration with universities within New Zealand and the USA. 

Statement for HDR students

As a lead researcher in the water-based research unit, I am passionate about conducting innovative and novel research in the sport of surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and swimming.

Current research projects include:

  • Understanding the effects of surfing on hydration status
  • Injury epidemiology in the sport of surfig within New Zealand
  • Musculoskeletal screening techniques for the shoulder and hip in surfing population
  • Using Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) to profile Bone Health and Body Composition in a Surfing Population
  • Can smart devices and human movement apps be used to measure range of motion in clinical practice.
  • A biomechanical analysis of the SUP paddle stroke

I am also a secondary supervisor of three higher degree students:

  • Mandy Hannan (Doctor of Philosophy). High Intensity Aerobic and Resistance Interval Training within Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation and Home Environments.
  • Wesley Matthews (Master of Science by Research). The validity of tendon matrix change using ultrasound imaging.
  • Nicola Hewlett-Smith (Masters of Science by Research). Predictors of early functional recovery following primary unilateral total hip and knee arthroplasty.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Physiotherapy, PhD

Award Date: 3 May 2016

External positions

Independent Contractor, UNITEC Institute of Technology

23 Mar 20182020


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