Dr Alison Rushton EdD, MSc, Grad Dip Phys, DipTP, FMACP
Chairperson of IFOMPT Standards Committee
Alison 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).
· 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
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
Tel: +44 121 415 8597
Dr Ronél Jordaan
PhD, MPhysT, BPhysT, OMPT CertificateVice Chairperson of IFOMPT Standards Committee
Ronél studied at the Physiotherapy Department at the University of Pretoria where she 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.
Lenerdene Levesque BScPT, MClSc(manip), FCAMPT
Lenerdene 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.
Tel: +1 613 749 0282
Lorrie Maffey BMRPT, MPhty, DipManipPT, FCAMT
Lorrie 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 the
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.
Tel: +1 406 673 3131
Dr Leanne Bissett PHD MPHTY (Manipulative Physiotherapy) MPHTY (Sports Physiotherapy BPHTY
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.