The ResPTlab is a unique centre for Research in Respiratory Physiotherapy (PT). We are a dedicated team of researchers and clinicians striving to improve health outcomes for individuals affected by respiratory disease. We are healthcare professionals who place a high importance on the role of physiotherapists to help this patient group, and are committed to the continued enhancement of our profession to conduct clinically-relevant research and foster emerging talent in order to drive sustainable, evidence-based healthcare into the future.


Mission


A/Prof. Christian Osadnik

Dr Belinda Thomas

Dr Martin MacDonald

Dr Paul Leong

Carla Gordon

Alethea Kavanagh

Laura Montgomery

Sally Heyde

News

Want to find out more about our ResPTlab work?

Catch up on our recent posts via the thumbnails below or click to read more about updates on current lab projects, staffing, recent initiatives such as journal club topics and lots more.

‘MULTI-PHACET’

Multidimensional clinical phenotyping of hospitalised acute COPD exacerbations

Involved comprehensive multidimensional assessments of inpatients and evaluation of clinical impact.

Status: Published HERE

‘EPIC-Rehab’

Exacerbation phenotypes in COPD: implications for rehabilitation

Aims to identify the clinical impact of exacerbation phenotypes on recovery of physical function after discharge.

Status: preparing for publication

‘FRAILE’

Impact of frailty during acute inpatient lung exacerbations

Aims to evaluate the prevalence and impact of frailty during hospital admissions for a range of chronic lung conditions

Status: data completed (COVID-affected)

‘PeACE’

Perspectives of anxiety during COPD exacerbations

Aims to offer perspectives of the impact of anxiety during acute exacerbations of COPD from multiple healthcare stakeholders

Status: data completed (COVID-affected)

Perceptions and work-readiness of Australian physiotherapists in cancer care: a national evaluation

Australian survey of workforce preparedness for physiotherapists to operate in cancer care. 

Status: Published HERE

Cancer Exercise Toolkit

Collaborative development of a new web-resource for cancer rehabilitation

Key contributor to new therapist online resource to improve rehabilitation for people affected by cancer.

Status: live online at https://cancerexercisetoolkit.trekeducation.org/

Exercise training for people with bronchiectasis: a Cochrane Systematic Review

Aimed to evaluate the impact of exercise training programs for people affected by bronchiectasis.

Status: Published HERE

Effect of Pulmonary Rehabilitation on Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in COPD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Aimed to offer a definitive evaluation of the effect of contemporary pulmonary rehabilitation programs on symptoms of anxiety and depression in people with COPD.

Status: Published HERE

List of projects

Connect with our network

Useful resources

Browse the following links for useful resources to assist the management of people affected by chronic lung disease:

Exercise guidance

Centres of lung health excellence

Clinical practice guidelines

International Resources

It’s great to be part of an enthusiastic cross-disciplinary network of researchers with broad and complementary skillsets

Paul, Respiratory physician, resptlab member