Research within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) spans the four disciplines of audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology.

Our research in these disciplines is recognised as world-class and our approach is interdisciplinary, with ongoing collaboration across these disciplines to ensure the best possible research outcomes. With one of the highest records of publication in international journals from both staff and research higher degree candidates and one of the largest cohorts of allied health graduates in Australia, SHRS has an impressive reputation in research, learning and engagement. 

Research strengths

  • neuroscience and rehabilitation
  • healthy start to life
  • ageing
  • participation and disability
  • professional education and practice.

Our Researchers 

SHRS researchers are internationally renowned in many fields, including disability and participation, aphasia, musculoskeletal health and injury, and occupational performance. What's more, they are globally recognised for excelling in their fields and for making tangible and inspiring differences through their work.

In 2015, a number of UQ researchers and associated practitioners were recognised and awarded for their immense contributions to the fields of health and rehabilitation. Professor Jenny Ziviani has been welcomed as a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Academy of Research. This is the highest scholarly honour that AOTF confers, and one of the highest of the occupational therapy community itself. In receiving this honour, Jenny is joining an elite group of scientists and scholars who have demonstrated “outstanding contributions through research to the advancement of knowledge in occupational therapy."

In November 2014, Professor Linda Worrall, Director of the UQ Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation, was presented with the prestigious Robin Tavistock Award in recognition for her outstanding contribution to the field of the language disorder Aphasia. Professor Worrall was presented the award by the Dowager Duchess of Bedford, England, and is the first recipient of the award to reside outside Europe. Also in this year, Professor Sylvia Rodger was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division, for significant service to medical education in the field of occupational therapy, and to community health as a clinician working with Autism Spectrum Disorders in children.

UQ also opened a world-first telerehabilitation clinic, benefiting rehabilitation patients in remote communities. The clinic, launched by SHRS, marks the latest step in the digital health revolution, and was assisted by a philanthropic grant by The Bowness Family Foundation.

SHRS boasts world-leading researchers in the fields of rehabilitation, including Professor Paul Hodges, a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Professor Louise Hickson, Co-Director of the UQ Communication Disability Centre, and Professor Deborah Theodoros, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation, to name a few.