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Meet The Standards Committee

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 Standards Committee  at the WCPT Congress, May 2019
 Leanne Bissett, Lorrie Maffey, Lenerdene Levesque, Per Kjaer, Alison Rushton and Ronél Jordaan
Dr Alison Rushton EdD, MSc, Grad Dip Phys, DipTP, FMACP
Chairperson of IFOMPT Standards Committee

AliAlison Rushton is Physiotherapy Academic Lead, in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Programme Leader for the MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) programme.  Alison has worked within education since 1993 with a focus to teaching and research in the specialist area of musculoskeletal/manipulative physiotherapy. Alison is active in the development of advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy as a specialist area of physiotherapy through her teaching on the MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy and MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) programmes, and her research that is focused to musculoskeletal physiotherapy and the professional development of musculoskeletal physiotherapists.  Alison’s roles external to the University support her specialist and research focus, including chairing this Standards Committee of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Manual Therapy journal.
Alison qualified with a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy from the Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1987. She went on to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and then to undertake further study to commence teaching full time in 1993.  In support of her educational and manipulative physiotherapy focus, Alison completed an MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1997 and a Doctorate in Education in 2004.  Alison has worked at the University of Birmingham in the UK since 2001.
Alison's involvement in teaching, learning and supervision encompasses the subject areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, manipulative therapy, evidence based healthcare, clinical reasoning and education.  Her involvement is focused to the postgraduate programmes, particularly teaching and supervision on the MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy, MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) and MRes Health Research programmes, and supervising PhD students.
Alison's background clinically is within the speciality of manipulative therapy.  This has been developed throughout her time within education both through a masters degree and private practice.  This aspect of Alison's work has been reflected in her previous involvement within the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) where she chaired the Committee for Education and Approval and was Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. Shehas been Chair of the Standards Committee of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) since 2004.
Alison has been awarded a fellowship of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists MACP and Honorary membership of the OMT Espana Terapia Manual Ortopedica for her national and international contribution to the development of manipulative physiotherapy.  Alison’s background in research reflects activity in two areas: musculoskeletal (particularly low back pain, spinal surgery and Whiplash Associated Disorder), and professional development in manipulative physiotherapy.
Musculoskeletal focused research activity:
Physiotherapy management post lumbar discectomy (PI): survey of current practice, systematic review and meta-analysis, and pilot work to inform multicentre RCT.
Physiotherapy management post lumbar fusion (PI): systematic review and meta-analysis, survey of current practice physiotherapists and surgeons, systematic review of prognostic factors informing effective management.
Physiotherapy management Whiplash Associated Disorder (PI): systematic review and meta-analysis, pilot and feasibility work.
Physiotherapy led physical activity intervention (PI): development of intervention and pilot work.
Evaluation of physiotherapy independent prescribing (PI): developmental work.
Professional Development focused research activity:
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Research Priorities Project (Co-Investigator) Lead author 'International Framework for Examination of the Cervical Region for potential of Cervical Arterial Dysfunction prior to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Intervention' (collaborators: Lisa Carlesso/Tim Flynn/Roger Kerry/Darren Rivett/Wayne Hing).
Other activities:
·         Editorial Board, Manual Therapy journal
·         Reviewer of articles submitted for publication to the following journals: Spine, BMJ Open, Physiotherapy,
          Canadian Physiotherapy Journal, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Medical Teacher, Medical  
·         Reviewer of research proposals submitted to the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists,
          National Council for Osteopathic Research, NIHR HTA, RfPB, and EME programmes
·         Reviewer of papers submitted for presentation at WCPT and IFOMPT conferences
·         Trial Steering Group 

Contact Alison:
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
Tel: +44 121 415 8597
Email: a.b.rushton@bham.ac.uk
Dr Ronél Jordaan 
PhD, MPhysT, BPhysT, OMPT Certificate
Vice Chairperson of IFOMPT Standards Committee

Ronél studied at the Physiotherapy Department at the University of Pretoria where sheRonel obtained a PhD in 2005.  She also lectured at the same University for almost 15 years at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels, lecturing mainly in OMPT and movement sciences.  She was involved in the development of OMPT curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Pretoria, the OMPT Course for the OMPTG, as well as the national standardisation of OMPT curricula on a Masters level.  She supervised numerous undergraduate and MSc research studies and dissertations.  She was external examiner at several universities for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations and also for MSc research dissertations.

 Ronél presented lectures and courses for the South African Society of Hand Therapists, as well as for the postgraduate Diploma in Hand Therapy at the University of Pretoria.  She also was a consultant at the Temperomandibular Clinic at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Pretoria.  She published several articles and contributed chapters to a book on Craniofacial Pain by Harry von Piekartz.  She presented research papers at many national and international congresses, focusing on craniofacial issues and adolescent low back pain and health.
She served on numerous committees, such as the National Executive Committee of the OMPTG, the Research Foundation of the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP), National Education Committee of the SASP, Professional Development Committee of the OMPTG, as well as the Standards Generating Body of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for Health Sciences and Social Services.
Ronél is currently working in private practice, lectures part-time for the OMPT course, is often invited as external examiner for MSc examinations and dissertations at several universities, and has been a member of the IFOMPT Standards Committee since 2012.
Contact Ronél:
74 North Street
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 3292178
Email: ronelj@mweb.co.za

Lenerdene Levesque BScPT, MClSc(manip), FCAMPT
LenerdeneLenerdene Levesque graduated from Queen’s University, Canada in 1979 with a BScPT and completed her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1992.  In 2008 she graduated with a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.  She is an Instructor and Chief Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  She has just completed a 5-year term as the Curriculum Chair of the Education Committee of the Orthopaedic Division and was extensively involved in the ongoing development of the Canadian Orthopaedic curriculum to meet the IFOMPT standards.  She currently holds a position as an Adjunct Professor in the Clinical Masters (manipulative field) at the School of Physical Therapy, Western University and is an active member of the Clinical Whiplash Intervention and Prognosis Research Group.  She is an Instructor and was involved in the development of an online course to facilitate the implementation of evidence informed practice in manual therapy – Introduction to Clinical Research to Support Evidence Based Practice in Manual Therapy in collaboration with the University of Toronto and the Orthopaedic Division of CPA. 
She is a clinician and co-owner of a private practice in Ottawa – Physiofirst Orthopaedic and Sports Centre.  She has a special interest and has presented nationally and internationally on Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Reasoning.  She joined the IFOMPT Standards Committee in September 2012 and looks forward to this new and exciting challenge.
Contact Lenerdene: 
Tel: +1 613 749 0282
Email: lelevesque@sympatico.ca
Lorrie Maffey     BMRPT, MPhty, DipManipPT, FCAMT

LorrieLorrie has been involved in neuromusculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy clinical care since 1990.  She became involved in teaching manual therapy for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) in the mid 1990’s and since then has also become an Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA as well as an instructor for Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation(GunnIMS) and teaches courses on motor learning and muscle recruitment, anatomy, movement biomechanics, sport injury and injury prevention.  She has spoken at many national and international conferences on these and other topic matters related to neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Besides her interest in physiotherapy clinical education, Lorrie has been passionately devoted to educational standards for physiotherapists and is actively involved in national and international committees devoted to policy making and monitoring of such educational standards.  For example she is the past Chair of the Orthopaedic Division Educational Committee (CPA), past Chair of theCanadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMT), present Chair of the Manual Therapy Steering Committee (MTSC), present member of the GunnIMS Educational Committee and present member of the IFOMPT Standards Committee. 

Her own personal educational endeavors include being a Masters of Science candidate in the Facility of Medicine (Community Health Sciences) where her research involves injury prevention with elite level athletes as well as writing of articles in related topics, sitting on the editorial review boards of numerous physiotherapy related journals, investigating the use of Real Time Ultrasound in injury prevention, and the writing of book chapters for various books related to physiotherapy as well as yoga. 

Contact Lorrie: 
Tel: +1 406 673 3131
Email: maffeyl@gmail.com
Dr Leanne Bissett  PHD MPHTY (Manipulative Physiotherapy) MPHTY (Sports Physiotherapy BPHTYLeanne

Leanne Bisset is an experienced musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist with a proven ability of outstanding leadership in professional governance, teaching and research. She is a former President of Queensland Branch and former Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She has been Director of the Bachelor of Exercise Science program (pre-physiotherapy) since 2014. In addition, as a research fellow (2008-2013), Leanne played an integral role in leading clinical research in physiotherapy and allied health at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Gold Coast Hospital Health Service, Queensland Australia. Leanne is currently working as a senior lecturer in the School of Allied Health Sciences at Griffith University, Australia.

From a teaching perspective, Leanne is experienced in curriculum development and implementation of a heavily revised post-graduate university program (Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy). Leanne teaches into the graduate entry and post-graduate physiotherapy programs, in the areas of musculoskeletal and manipulative physiotherapy, clinical research and evidence based physiotherapy practice. She has contributed to development of documentation to support major program changes within the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Leanne completed her PhD in 2008, which focussed on physiotherapy interventions for tennis elbow, a common and complex musculoskeletal condition. Her research has contributed to changing how tennis elbow is managed, from both a physiotherapeutic and medical perspective. She remains an active researcher, with a national and international profile in upper limb research, with experience in recruiting and supervising higher degree research students to completion. Her fields of research expertise include musculoskeletal physiotherapy, evidence based practice and the management of chronic upper limb musculoskeletal injuries. She has published over 35 papers in international journals and 4 book chapters, and has presented her work at many national and international conferences. Leanne’s other research activities include examination of higher degree research theses, reviewing grant applications for granting bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia, and reviewing manuscripts for peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of physiotherapy, medical and rehabilitation. In addition, Leanne is regularly invited to deliver oral presentations and workshops, in recognition of her reputation in the field of tennis elbow research.

Leanne’s other roles external to the university include chairing the scientific committee for the musculoskeletal stream of the Australian Physiotherapy Australia national conference (2013, 2015), past chair of the National Advisory Council (2013-2014) and various other committee positions with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (2007-2012). Leanne has worked in the public and private health care sectors throughout Australia and overseas for 25 years, and continues to maintain part-time clinical practice in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. 

Contact Leanne: 
Tel: +61-7-55527717
Email: l.bisset@griffith.edu.au

Dr Per KJAER  PHD., MSC., PT. Per

Per Kjaer is currently working as an associate professor in the Research Unit for Clinical Biomechanics in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Southern Denmark.  He is also an adjunct professor at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia and an affiliated researcher with the Spine Centre of Southern Denmark.

Per’s main focus has been in musculoskeletal physiotherapy as a clinician, a teacher and a researcher. His extensive clinical experience over a period of more than 25 years, combined with two decades of teaching and curriculum design, generated a strong desire to base his work on scientific evidence. As a result, over the last 15 years, Per has become more involved in epidemiological and clinical research to address some of the gaps in scientific evidence, while maintaining an active role in undergraduate and post-graduate education. He has received a number of awards for his work in research and the development of clinical guidelines.

He completed his undergraduate degree in physiotherapy in 1983. While owning and running his own clinical practice, he trained as a teacher of manual therapy in 1991 and 1992 and since then has been a member of the Danish Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Associations teacher group. He passed part one of the examination in manual therapy in 1992, and part two in 1998, and was appointed specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2003.

His principal teaching areas have been in manual and manipulative therapy, clinical reasoning, critical appraised topics, case reports, epidemiology and biostatistics. Per was one of the key drivers of the change to the Danish course curriculum for manual/ musculoskeletal physiotherapy between 1995 and 1999. He also participated in the lobbying, planning and curriculum design of the first Master of Science in Physiotherapy course at the University of Southern Denmark, with the first intake of students graduating in 2014. He has also supervised numerous PhD, Master and Bachelor research projects, and is an external examiner for the Danish Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association. 

Per has taught numerous courses for the Danish Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association; the Bachelor program in the School of Physiotherapy, University College, Odense, Denmark; and the Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Southern Denmark. In the Master program, Per has taken responsibility for designing and teaching the module related to clinical practice. He has been invited to present papers at more than 30 national and international conferences, focusing on back pain and neck pain.

Bridging the gap between science and clinical practice is one of Per’s passions. He has been instrumental in improving evidence-based practice in the musculoskeletal area by leading quality assurance working groups on safety in the management of neck pain, in clinical reasoning, in the classification of people with low back pain, and in the effect of manual therapy on low back pain. He has organised and held more than 40 workshops in physiotherapy practice for dissemination and implementation of the results of this work, which is on-going. Per was a member of the Danish National Indicator Project Physiotherapy that set the standards for optimal treatment of people with back pain. He has also been the leader of a number of groups tasked with the responsibility of developing clinical guidelines: one for safety in the treatment of neck pain initiated by the Danish Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association, another for the examination of people with neck pain initiated by the Danish Physiotherapy Association, and two interdisciplinary national clinical guidelines for non-surgical treatment of lumbar and cervical radiculopathy initiated by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority.
His major area of interest, both in the clinic and in research, is back pain and neck pain: their causes, course, epidemiology, diagnostics, sub-classification, treatment, and rehabilitation. In the search for biological causes and risk factors of low back pain, Per has established and managed the cohort `Backs on Funen´ since 2000 with regular follow ups. The reporting of the results from this project is progressing and has included two PhDs on magnetic resonance imaging findings, one on genetic risk factors for early degeneration, and another on the course of low back pain in adults.

Per has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles and a number of reports.  He is also a reviewer of academic manuscripts for a range of international journals including Spine, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physical Therapy, BMC Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, and is currently assistant editor of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. A full list of activities and research output is available at:http://findresearcher.sdu.dk:8080/portal/en/persons/per-kjaer(1f2dc31b-a41a-429b-93b6-442d23833db3).html
He has been the recipient of a number of research grants, one of which involved the equivalent of more than US$2.5 million to support the progressive patient@home project, Denmark’s largest welfare-technological research and innovation initiative, involving four knowledge institutions, a number of private companies and three municipalities.
Per participated in the organisation of the Nordic Congress on Manual Therapy in 1999.  He was president of the Danish Association of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy between 1999 and 2001. He was for several years the Danish Physiotherapy Association’s delegate to the IFOMPT’s general assembly and other meetings.

Contact Per: 
+45 6550 4553
Email: pkjaer@health.sdu.dk


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