Researcher biography

Dr Elise Gane graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours Class I) and a University Medal for academic achievement from The University of Queensland in 2008. She was employed as a New Graduate Physiotherapist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2009, where she continued to work clinically until 2013. In 2014, Elise commenced her PhD with The University of Queensland with Dr Shaun O'Leary as Principal Advisor. Elise's PhD was focussed on measuring the musculoskeletal side effects at the neck and shoulder that result from neck dissection surgery for head and neck cancer. Following the awarding of her PhD in early 2018, Elise was employed as a post doctoral researcher at the RECOVER Injury Research Centre within The University of Queensland. In January 2019, Elise commenced the role of Physiotherapy Conjoint Research Fellow between the School of Health and Rehabiltiation Sciences (UQ) and the Princess Alexandra Hospital Physiotherapy Department.

Elise's areas of research interest include oncology rehabiltiation (specifically head and neck cancer), lymphoedema, peripheral neuropathy, physical activity in acquired brain injury, and musculoskeletal health.

Elise is an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), and is currently the National Chair for the Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema Group within the APA.

Within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Elise is a member of three Research and Engagement Themes:

  • Neurorehabilitation and Ageing
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Professional Education