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New Head of School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science commences

Media release

Professor Linda Woodhouse, the new Head of the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University commenced last week.

Professor Woodhouse joined Curtin from the University of Alberta in Canada, where she served as the inaugural David Magee Endowed Chair in Musculoskeletal Research in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Scientific Director of the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network.

Professor Woodhouse’s research focuses on evaluating pain, physical and functional capacity in individuals with musculoskeletal and endocrine disorders. Her work also looks at developing and evaluating innovative models of integrated interprofessional care, predominately in the musculoskeletal area.

Curtin University Faculty of Health Sciences Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Archie Clements said he was delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Woodhouse.

“Professor Woodhouse has over 30 years’ experience as a researcher, educator and clinician and is still an active researcher in the fields of physiotherapy and exercise science,” Professor Clements said.

“Over the course of her career, Professor Woodhouse has made significant contributions to the physiotherapy and exercise science industry, including being elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2012 where she served as President of the association from 2015 to 2017.

“I would like to formally welcome Professor Woodhouse to Curtin and look forward to seeing her significant contributions to the Faculty and to the School.”

Professor Woodhouse said she was thrilled to join Curtin to lead the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.

“I am delighted to join an internationally recognised university and look forward to promoting the School as a leader in teaching and research excellence,” Professor Woodhouse said.

Professor Woodhouse obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. She has held or collaborated on $30 million in peer-reviewed grants and has over 220 peer-reviewed publications.