A/Prof Cylie Williams is a podiatrist, researcher and educator with a strong interest in idiopathic toe walking – as evidenced by her many publications in the area. A/Prof Williams is a researcher and educator at the Monash School of Primary and Allied Health Care and is a Senior Researcher at Peninsula Health. She maintains a small clinical role in private practice, and has adjunct research positions at University of South Australia, and Staffordshire University, UK. A/Prof Williams has extensive paediatric clinical experience and has previously been employed as a podiatrist in paediatric multidisciplinary teams at Monash Health and Peninsula Health.Learn more about Cylie and her publications here: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/cylie-williams
Dr Sarah Reedman, APAM, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre. In her doctoral studies, Sarah undertook the first randomized trial of a physiotherapy intervention aimed to directly increase participation in physical activities in children with cerebral palsy. Sarah's work is influenced by behavioural health frameworks for physical activity promotion and the role of environmental barriers to participation.Her other research interests include standardized upper limb and gross motor assessments, intensive goal-directed functional training, motor learning theory, and the role of health technologies in the measurement and enablement of participation and physical activity. Sarah has been involved in health services policy development and is interested in enabling therapists to rapidly implement current research knowledge into daily clinical practice. In her free time, Sarah volunteers at the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program and is involved in the development of the sport of RaceRunning in Queensland, a new elite sport for people with cerebral palsy, stroke and acquired brain injury.
Paula Bray is the acting Network Director of Allied Health for the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at The University of Sydney based at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Paula is an occupational therapist and clinical- researcher whose research interests include measuring and improving clinical care and rehabilitation management for children with nerve and muscle disease. Paula has over 17 years of clinical and research experience in nerve and muscle diseases of childhood. Over the past 5 years, Paula has specifically focused on better translation of evidence into practice for children with neuromuscular disease including the development of an allied health and nursing clinical practice guideline for assessment and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Paula divides her time between leading allied health across the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and working as part of an internationally NIH funded study, the ACT-CMT study, which aims to accelerate clinical trial readiness in the peripheral nerve disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Dr. Bridget O'Connor is a clinical Physiotherapist at Kids Plus Foundation, Geelong, and a recent PhD graduate from Australian Catholic University, supervised by Professor Christine Imms, Professor Nora Shields, Dr Claire Kerr and Dr Brooke Adair. Bridget's PhD investigated the use of standardised assessments for children with cerebral palsy from the perspectives of both allied health practitioners and parents. This research has led on to post-graduate work with ENVISAGE - an Australian-Canadian parent-researcher collaboration - and ongoing involvement with ENVISAGE-Service Providers. Bridget has worked as a clinician for the past 30 … oops 40 years across health and community settings in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, and as a physiotherapy educator at Charles Sturt University and academic teaching mentor at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, Nepal. Throughout her career Bridget's focus has been on promoting access to high quality family-focused developmental support for children, particularly from regional and rural areas.