School of Health and Wellbeing University of Southern Queensland
Dr Kolbe-Alexander is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise at the University of Southern Queensland. The focus of her research is the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Much of her research is conducted in the worksite setting, where she is investigating the effectiveness of worksite health promotion programmes on improving employee health status and lifestyle behaviours.
She has also developed, implemented and measured the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in previously marginalised groups. This reflects one of Dr Kolbe-Alexander’s passions, which is to encourage positive lifestyle behaviour change in low socio-economic areas and help to close the gap in health outcomes that vulnerable communities face. Some of her research has been translated into practice, in civil society, the private sector and in government.
Doctor John Arnold
Dr John Arnold is a Research Fellow and Podiatrist at the Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (University of Leeds, Chapel Allerton Hospital, UK) and the Sansom Institute for Health Research (UniSA, Adelaide). He received his PhD in 2015 and currently holds an NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship.
John’s main area of research focus is the biomechanics and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in the foot and lower limb (osteoarthritis, orthopaedic trauma, joint replacement). His work has involved several national and international collaborations, book chapters, research student projects and over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications.
His current research is investigating the development and progression of midfoot osteoarthritis. This involves a combination of biomechanical techniques (3D gait analysis, computational modelling), medical imaging (3T MR) and clinical measures (pain, functional impairment and muscle strength).
Doctor Michael Drew
Dr Michael Drew is the Program Manager for the Athlete Availability Program at the Australian Institute of Sport. In this role he oversees the prevention and epidemiology projects at the Australian Institute of Sport which designs, analyses and implements real-world prevention programs in collaboration with Australian National Sporting Organisations. This role is focussed on Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes however he also consults to professional sports team. Michael has a PhD in Physiotherapy and has completed a Master of Clinical Epidemiology where the focus has been on epidemiological study design and biostatistics. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and a Fellow by Original Contribution to the Australian College of Physiotherapy. He holds adjunct appointments at Edith Cowan University (ACRISP) and the University of Canberra (UCRISE) where he co-supervises PhD and Masters candidates. He is the current Scientific Chair for the Sports Medicine Australia Conference, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Biostatistics and Epidemiology Workgroup and a research fellow at the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), an IOC Research Centre. In 2018, Dr Drew was nominated for the Frank Fenner Prize for Australian Life Scientist of the Year, Prime Minister’s Science Prizes for his work related to preventative health in sport.
Doctor Matthew Cotchett
Matthew is a Adjunct Lecturer and early career researcher in the La Trobe Rural Health School at La Trobe University. Matthew is the Education Officer for the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgeons and also works as a podiatrist in private practice.
Matthew has a particular interest in the management of pain beneath the heel and completed a PhD which evaluated the effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain. Matthew has a research interest in the psychosocial aspects of musculoskeletal pain, with a particular focus on cognitive, affective and behavioural factors as drivers of pain and disability. In addition, Matthew is leading a project to improve knowledge translation and education for people with plantar heel pain.
Professor Rachelle Buchbinder
Rachelle Buchbinder is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist. She is the Director, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute and Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Her other roles include Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Musculoskeletal and founding member and Chair, Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trial Network.
She combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to musculoskeletal conditions as well as improving communication with patients and health literacy. She has a longstanding commitment to knowledge synthesis and implementation of clinical research evidence to guide clinical decision-making and improve patient outcomes. Her current program of work concerns reducing inappropriate or low value care and improving the sustainability of the health care system.
Professor Hylton Menz
Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport Latrobe University
Professor Hylton Menz is a podiatrist who graduated with first class Honours and the University Medal from La Trobe University in 1993, and completed his PhD focusing on gait patterns, balance and falls at the University of NSW in 2002. He is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Fellow. Professor Menz’s broad research disciplines are human movement, rehabilitation and rheumatology, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal foot problems in older people. His research extends from laboratory-based biomechanical studies through to analysis of epidemiological datasets and the conduct of clinical trials.
Professor Menz has published over 200 papers in podiatry, gerontology, rheumatology and biomechanics journals, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. He has won several awards for his research, including the Young Tall Poppy Award by the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, the La Trobe University Excellence in Research Award, first prize in the British Medical Association Book Awards for his textbook Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management, and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to Harvard University. Professor Menz’s current research focuses on the epidemiology and management of foot disorders in older people, with a particular emphasis on osteoarthritis.
Doctor Ray Moynihan
Dr Ray Moynihan is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University, and he has an international reputation for his work on the problem of too much medicine. Ray recently won a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and is a chief investigator within the NHMRC-funded Wiser Healthcare research collaboration for reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment. A former award-winning journalist, Ray worked at ABC’s Four Corners, 7:30 Report, and the Australian Financial Review, and has written 4 books on the business of medicine, including “Selling Sickness”, translated into 12 languages. A one-time Harkness fellow at Harvard University, Ray’s been published in the NEJM, Lancet and BMJ, and currently presents The Recommended Dose podcast, produced by Cochrane Australia.