All posts by Joan McMeeken

Professor Joan McMeeken AM is the Foundation Professor and was Foundation Head of the School of Physiotherapy and Associate Dean Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne from 1991 to 2006. She is a Professorial Fellow of the University. Her previous research and clinical interests included physiotherapy education and accreditation, health promotion and health management through education, injury prevention and rehabilitation. She continues to play a major role in the recognition, registration and accreditation of university and tertiary academic programs in Australia and internationally, now with the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Her current historical interests include work on a current Australian Research Council grant, Diggers to Veterans: Risk, Resilience and Recovery in the First Australian Imperial Force and the history of the physiotherapy profession. In 2018 her book Science in Our Hands Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne, 1895–2010 was published.

Hilda Harris – an Australian pioneer

Hilda Harris commenced as a first-year student at the University of Sydney in 1916. She joined fifty-one students in that year. During the First World War the then Australasian Massage Association, (the association that later and appropriately changed its name to the Australian Physiotherapy Association), with the Universities of Melbourne,

Australia’s polio scourge

The recent movie Breathe, the inspirational true story of Robin Cavendish’s battle with paralytic poliomyelitis, is a reminder of a disease that is almost forgotten, except by those whose lives were and remain directly affected. In recent years adults who suffered minor illnesses or had mild muscle weakness during the

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