Claire is 'helping the most at-risk people in hospital get moving.' She is a registered physiotherapist (with AHPRA) who obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of South Australia, and PhD from Flinders University. Claire is a researcher-teacher-clinician, with expertise in physiotherapy and the physical recovery of people with acute medical or surgical conditions. Her clinical and research work has specifically focused on those recovering from a critical illness that required mechanical ventilation, other cardiorespiratory conditions and older medical patients. She has experience in range of methods to measure respiratory and peripheral muscle performance, body composition, exercise capacity, mobility and physical activity.
Vice President and Executive Dean’s Team Award, CNHS Placement Education Coordinators, Flinders University 2022
Vice-Chancellor’s award for Early Career Researchers 2020
Winner Best Study Abstract (Ageing Special Interest Group), ISBNPA 2020
Nominated for Best Allied Health Paper, ANZICS/ACCCN 2018
Course Coordinator (Master of Physiotherapy) 2023-current
Physiotherapy Placement Education Coordinator 2021-2023
- Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy including critical illness
- Management of acute medical and surgical conditions (cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic, neurological)
- Research methods including outcome measurement
- Foundational skills for health professionals including preparedness for clinical placements
Honours - JUN 2019
PhD - OCT 2022
Claire has a long history of professional engagement and advocacy with the peak professional body for physiotherapists, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), which is ongoing. She has served as President of the South Australian branch of the APA (2012-2013), and is a previous SA representative for the National Cardiorespiratory group of the association (and remains an active committee member). Claire was chair of the scientific planning committee for the Cardiorespiratory stream at the 2019 National Conference, and committee member again in 2021. She has been both a convenor and presenter at professional development events for the APA, and been an invited speaker at national and international conferences/events in relation to physiotherapy and intensive care medicine, physical activity in aging and clinical education.
Peer reviewer: includes, Australian Critical Care; Critical Care; Clinical Rehabilitation; Disability and Rehabilitation; European Respiratory Journal; Journal of the Intensive Care Society; Journal of Critical Care; Physiotherapy; Physical Therapy; Physiotherapy Research International; Physiotherapy Theory and Practice; PLOS ONE; Respiration; Respiratory Care