New physiotherapy lecturer at Macquarie University

Beginning July 1, 2013, Dr Kathryn Mills will be the new lecturer at Macquarie University Physiotherapy School.

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Dr Kathryn Mills of Macquarie Physiotherapy School
Kathryn has research and clinical experience in neuromuscular and clinical biomechanics. Prior to her appointment at Macquarie University, Kathryn completed her PhD through the University of Queensland while based at the Australian Institute of Sport.

She was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Alberta Osteoarthritis Team in Alberta, Canada, and maintains collaborative ties with the team. Her research interests focus on targeted biomechanical and neuromuscular treatments for lower limb overuse injuries and osteoarthritis. Kathryn has won several national and international awards for this research, including Best Young Investigator at the 2009 Footwear Biomechanics Group branch of the International Society of Biomechanics.

The new Macquarie Physiotherapy lecturer has published in multiple high-impact journals relating to sport and clinical biomechanics (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthritis Care and Research and Clinical Biomechanics) and is a reviewer for several international journals. She is a professional member of Sports Medicine Australia, Osteoarthritis Research Society, International Society of Biomechanics and the Footwear Biomechanics Group. She has co-supervised Honours and Masters students in Australia and Canada who have received first-class passes for their work.

In her work in a musculoskeletal practice in Canberra, Dr Mills was involved in clinical supervision of physiotherapy Master’s students. This experience led to her developing a keen interest in physiotherapy education. She has undertaken formal training in teaching to different learning styles through the International Teaching Skills Workshop and Course Design workshop. Kathryn has put the skills learned in these courses to practice by redesigning an elective course taught to final year undergraduate students. This course addressed anatomical and biomechanical influences on prevalent lower limb injuries.

Graduate-entry physiotherapy degrees at Australian universities are highly sought after by Canadian university graduates with academic backgrounds in Kinesiology, Health Sciences and Human Kinetics. Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge physiotherapy research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in the physiotherapy field.

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While the application deadline for Macquarie’s DPT program for the July 2013 intake has officially passed, other physiotherapy schools in Australia are still accepting applications!

  • Bond University Physiotherapy School
  • James Cook University Physiotherapy School
  • University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School
  • University of Newcastle Physiotherapy School
  • University of Sydney Physiotherapy School


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