Dr. Nicholls is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. He is a physiotherapist, lecturer, researcher and writer, with a passion for critical thinking in and around the physical therapies. David is the founder of the Critical Physiotherapy Network, an organisation that promotes the use of cultural studies, education, history, philosophy, sociology, and a range of other disciplines in the study of the profession’s past, present and future. David’s own research work focuses on the critical history of physiotherapy and considers how physiotherapy might need to adapt to the changing economy of health care in the 21st century. He has published 35 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters, many as first author. He is also very active on social media, writing more than 500 blogposts for criticalphysio.net in the last three years. David has taught in physiotherapy programmes in the UK and New Zealand for over 25 years and has presented his work all around the world. The End of Physiotherapy – the first book-length critical history of physiotherapy, and written by David – was published by Routledge in mid-2017.
* Graduated in Physiotherapy from the Federal University of Pernambuco. Recife 1965
* Bachelor in Social Communication (Public Relations) ESURP - Recife 1977
* Founding Partner of the Pernambuco Association of Physiotherapists APERFISIO. President in 1966
* President of the Regional Council of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy of the First Region 1978
* Effective Counselor - Federal Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy 1984
* Professional Merit Commendation (Medal and Diploma) 1999
* Member of the Commission of Honor of the 60 Years of the Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE 2007
* Heirs of Aesculapius - History and Professional Organization of Physiotherapy - (Author). Recife 2009
* Columnist of Nova Fisio Magazine Rio de Janeiro / Brazil
* Physiotherapist and Public Manager: Ministry of Health / INAMPS (Recife), State Health Secretariat of Pernambuco and Municipal Health Secretariat of Recife 1966/2012
Glenn is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist working in private practice in Perth, Australia. A strong advocate for the profession, Glenn has been heavily involved in leadership of professional associations and regulatory boards. Currently he is Managing Director of the Registry Operator of the .physio domain top level extension.
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.