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About the PRF

From management of lower back pain to stroke rehabilitation, advances in the treatment of physical conditions are largely informed by clinical research. Clinical trials produce a scientific evidence base that enables practising physiotherapists to adopt the latest, safest and most effective techniques when providing care and treatment. The PRF provides grants to support innovative physiotherapy research.


Mission Statement

To support the physiotherapy profession by promoting, encouraging and supporting research that advances physiotherapy knowledge and practice.

Finance and Governance

The PRF was established in 1988 as a charitable trust from the profits of the 1988 conference held by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in Sydney. The trust deed enables the Foundation to support a range of physiotherapy research and research-related initiatives and the APA is the trustee.

The grant programs operates under the guidance of a grants review committee comprised of physiotherapists currently working in leading research institutions across Australia. The committee assesses each grant application against a set of criteria and provides recommendations for funding to the Board subcommittee.

The PRF is largely funded by APA members, providing the opportunity for practitioners to directly contribute to the research that informs their practice. The financial statements of the PRF are reported separately in the annual report of the APA and are not included in the APA’s consolidated financial statements.

The PRF Annual Report can be found here.

Are you interested in helping shape the future of physiotherapy research?

If so, the PRF team wants you to become a member of the Grants Review Committee from 2021. There are four positions available and all members are encouraged to apply.

The primary role of the GRC is to review the merits of applications for research grants submitted to the PRF, and make recommendations on grant allocations for the consideration to the PRF Committee. Members of the GRC are appointed by the PRF Committee for a period of three years (with the option to serve another term of three years). To be eligible to join the Grants Review Committee you must be a current financial member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and hold a post graduate qualification as well as experience in conducting, supervising and / or reviewing research relating to physiotherapy.

This year, the GRC will be calling for applications for four vacancies. The PRF Committee would like to thank the immense contribution that the following outgoing members have made over the past six years: Dr Natalie Collins, Dr Joanna Diong, Associate Professor Catherine Granger and Dr Joanne Kemp.

Applicants will be asked to submit an application form and include a brief summary of their professional background, a brief statement outlining why they would be suitable for the role and a brief resume. If you are interested in applying, please complete download and complete an application form and email Jenine.fleming@australian.physio. Applications close on Thursday 15th October.


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