Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext 7641
Department of Physiotherapy
A-11 School of Clinical Sciences Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences AUT
Private Bag 92006
MSc Manipulative Physiotherapy
Julia has worked at AUT since 2016 and is a lecturer and Program leader (student support). She qualified as a physiotherapist in the UK in 1988 and specialized in the musculoskeletal field working in a number of hospitals and private practices in the UK and Australasia. After completing a MSc in manipulative therapy in 1998, she lectured at the School of Physiotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University before emigrating to Melbourne and then New Zealand in 2003.
Julia has focused primarily on musculoskeletal injuries specializing in back pain and injury prevention in the desk/office work environment. Julia completed a PhD (Monash University, Australia) which investigated low back pain in children.
Primary research areas include: low back pain in children, more specifically the risk factors associated with low back pain. Julia’s PhD was unique in that it focused on first onset low back pain specifically in children with the focus on primary prevention. Study was initiated in Australia and published in Australian, American, New Zealand and UK medical journals. Further studies included a movement analysis study of the lumbar spine and a review of method considerations when investigating children in health investigations.
The second area of research is injury prevention in the office environment specifically for people using technological devices who are sitting for long time periods in static positions. Collaboration with an occupational therapist and ergonomist led to the development and trial of an app (Justfidget) designed for use in the office aimed at encouraging regular movement and stretches throughout the working day thus preventing injury.