Researcher biography

Andrew's PhD and postgraduate supervision have focussed on how the brain controls posture and movement. This has included studies of sitting, standing, stepping, squatting, pushing and the development of a new method for assessing upright postural control with sudden release of load on the shoulders (axial load). Extending understanding of postural control continues with colleagues at Lübeck University, the UQ Schools of ITEE (Dr Pauline Pounds) and SBMS (Dr Kylie Tucker). Other post-doctoral collaborations include projects in

  • the Sports Injuries Rehabilitation and Prevention for Health team at UQ: led by Prof Bill Vicenzino,
  • the Children's Motor Control Research Collaborative: multidisciplinary team based in Qld, led by Assoc Prof Leanne Johnston,
  • the Human Neuroscience Unit at UQ: led by Prof Paul Hodges,
  • the Raine Study: Curtin University and UWA, with musculoskeletal research led by Prof Leon Straker

with topics spanning sports injuries, cerebral palsy assessement, occupational health, and artistic clinical applications. In 2019 the studies of axial loading and the Raine cohort will progress to explore whether neuromuscular control and other variables influence idiopathic spinal deformity (scoliosis), extending to collaboration with the QUT Biomechanics and Spine Research Group, with Prof Peter Pivonka and Maree Izatt.

In 2019 Andrew's scope is also branching out to telehealth research. Telehealth encompasses research innovating with new tools and their validity, clinical trials and societal efficacy to translate the ideas and opportunities into best practice. Andrew's first study in this area assessed whether online resources for people with back pain met their information needs. This year Andrew is collaborating on a pilot study using virtual reality to familiarise patients with their surgical admission and their first post-operative physiotherapy appointment.