Workshop 1

Can We Personalise Our Physiotherapy Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain to Enhance Outcomes?


Professor Kay Crossley, La Trobe University, Australia


Professor Kay Crossley is the Director of the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Kay is a physiotherapist with many years of experience in clinical sports physiotherapy.

Her main research focus is on the prevention and management of persistent symptoms, poor quality of life and early-onset osteoarthritis after sports-related injuries. Her fields are in patellofemoral osteoarthritis following patellofemoral pain, knee osteoarthritis following ACL reconstruction and hip OA following hip-related injuries (including FAI and labral tears).

Kay maintains a strong research interest in optimising treatments for musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis). She is focused on the prevention of knee injuries, and enhancing outcomes for women.


Workshop 2

Move More, Sit Less – How Do We Influence this in Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Beyond?

Associate Professor Nicole Freene, University of Canberra, Australia


Nicole is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health, University of Canberra and was awarded her PhD in 2014. She has been a clinical physiotherapist for over 20 years, mainly working in rehabilitation and more recently in cardiac rehabilitation. Her research focuses on physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adults, both in healthy and cardiac populations.

Since 2011 she has published 22 papers in peer-reviewed journals and been awarded over $4,000,000 in competitive grant funding. Nicole has presented as lead author at over 15 international, national and local conferences, and has developed and delivered symposia and workshops on physical activity and physiotherapy nationally and internationally.

She is a founding member and the Cardiorespiratory Lead of the Australian National Physiotherapy for Physical Activity group, and is the chair of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association NSW/ACT Professional Development Committee.


Assistant Professor Rahizan Zainuldin, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore


Assistant Professor Rahizan was conferred his PhD in 2012 by The University of Sydney, Australia. His doctoral thesis examined novel ways of prescribing exercise for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD). Rahizan has also published in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals – the highest quality being a Cochrane meta-analysis.

Rahizan has a keen interest in exercise rehabilitation and behaviour change strategies in improving exercise and physical activity patterns and reducing sedentary behaviour in chronic respiratory diseases. He is currently leading a research study on a behaviour-based Lifestyle Intervention Program for people at-risk of diabetes, using physical activity monitors and funded by the MOH National Medical Research Council grant.


Workshop 3

Hush...Hush...What is it about?


Ms Shirlene Toh, Principal Occupational Therapist, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore


Ms Shirlene Toh has been working with individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) for approximately 18 years. She completed the Master of Health Science (Sexual Health) with University of Sydney in December 2007. To date, she practices as a sexual counsellor cum educator at TTSH Rehabilitation Centre.

Her area of specialization is sexual rehab for people with disabilities. Shirlene is the main champion for TTSH Rehabilitation Centre’s Sexual Wellness for individual with disability. She has presented in several local conferences as well as conducted training sessions related to sexuality for various health care professionals within TTSH as well as in other hospital.



Dr Mattew Tay, Associate Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore


Dr Matthew Tay is an Associate Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine. He completed his postgraduate specialist training in Rehabilitation Medicine in 2019 and is registered with the Singapore Specialist Accreditation Board. He sees patients in Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and is also a visiting doctor at the Singapore Cancer Society Rehabilitation Centre. He looks after spinal cord injured patients as part of his practice, and also has a keen interest in cancer and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Besides clinical work, he is also involved in research and academic work, and has published internationally in peer-reviewed medical journals and has presented in local and international conferences. He is also passionate about teaching and is a faculty member in the National Healthcare Group Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Residency program.



NC Dan Wang, Nurse Clinician, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore


Nurse Clinician Dan Wang is a sub-specialty nurse clinician working at the TTSH Rehabilitation Centre. She has been working with individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) for 15 years. Her area of specialization is continence care for people with neurogenic bladder and bowel.


Workshop 4

Promotion of Physical Activity and Falls Prevention in Older People.


Professor Cathie Sherrington, The University of Sydney, Australia


Professor Cathie Sherrington [FAHMS, PhD, MPH, BAppSc (Physio)] is a Professorial Research Fellow and National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship holder at the School of Public Health and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health University of Sydney/ Sydney Local Health District where she leads the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability Research Stream.

Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of falls prevention and exercise interventions for older people and those with disabilities. She has authored 235 refereed journal articles, including reports of 32 clinical trials and 17 systematic reviews, and has been a Chief Investigator on National Health and Medical Research Council grants totaling over $19 million.

She was also one of the founders of PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database www.pedro.org. Prior to completing a PhD and Masters of Public Heath, Cathie was a physiotherapist in aged care and rehabilitation settings. aged care and rehabilitation setting.


Workshop 5

Ultrasound Imaging in Intensive Care Physiotherapy.

Dr Geetha Kayambu, Senior Physiotherapist, National University Hospital, Singapore


Dr Geetha Kayambu is a Senior Physiotherapist in National University Hospital who specialises in critical care research. She obtained her PhD at the School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Australia in 2015. She has served as Director of Research, Department of Rehabilitation (NUH). She has experience conducting several ultrasound workshops with ABBOT; 4th Singapore Clinical Nutrition Meeting 2018, Society for Geriatric Medicine Conference 2018 and 2019, Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine - Asia Congress 2019.

Her project “Bedside Lung Ultrasound (US) Impacts Physiotherapeutic Management Of The Cardiothoracic Patient: A Clinical Improvement Case Analysis For Management of Diaphragmatic Paralysis was presented at the SG-ANZICS 2018. Geetha practices bedside US for patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as point of care management since 2017 and is currently conducting an RCT investigating weakness through US in ECMO patients.

She has completed her US training under A/Prof George Ntoumenopoulos in a thoracic US workshop SGH in 2017 and WCPT 2017, US course SICM SISPO 2017 and ICU US workshop in SG-ANZICS 2017.

Associate Professor Ong Hwee Kuan, Senior Principal Physiotherapist, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore


Associate Professor Ong is a Senior Principal Physiotherapist at Singapore General Hospital. She has keen interests in cardiopulmonary practice. She completed a post-graduate course in “Ultrasound lmaging for Physiotherapists” by University of Melbourne in 2008. In 2016, she organized a Thoracic US Imaging Workshop for Physiotherapists in collaboration with A/Prof George Ntoumenopoulos who visited SGH as an HMDP Visiting expert. She uses ultrasound imaging in the assessment of quadriceps and lung for both research projects and clinical care.


Ms Tan Chun Ju, Senior Physiotherapist, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore


Ms Tan Chun Ju is a Senior Physiotherapist at Singapore General Hospital. She is exposed to lung ultrasound during the Thoracic ultrasound imaging workshop for physiotherapists conducted by A/Prof George Ntoumenopoulos. She has been managing patients with respiratory problems in the medical and surgical ward. She utilises lung ultrasound imaging in complex cases to facilitate clinical decisions during treatment sessions and evaluate treatment effectiveness.


Mr Qamaruzaman Syed Gani, Senior Physiotherapist, National University Hospital, Singapore


Mr Qamar is a Senior Physiotherapist at National University Hospital. He has keen interests in Critical Care Rehabilitation and Cardiac Rehabilitation. He has completed an in-house training on Ultrasound lmaging for Physiotherapists by Dr Geetha Kayambu as well as an Ultrasound workshop during the Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SICM) Symposium 2019.


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