About Us


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.

Meet the team

    Dr Christian Osadnik
    Dr Christian Osadnik

    Director of ResPTlab, senior researcher

    Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University. Read more

        Dr Annemarie Lee
        Dr Annemarie Lee

        Senior researcher

        Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at Monash University. Read more

          Dr Belinda Thomas
          Dr Belinda Thomas

          Senior scientist / researcher

          Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash Lung and Sleep at Monash Health. Read more

            Dr Martin MacDonald
            Dr Martin MacDonald

            Respiratory physician / researcher

            Respiratory physician and post-doctoral researcher at Monash Lung and Sleep, Monash Health. Read more

              Dr Paul Jansons
              Dr Paul Jansons

              Clinician / Researcher

              Community-based exercise physiologist and researcher, Monash Health.

                Carla Gordon
                Carla Gordon

                Clinician / researcher

                Clinical Lead physiotherapist, generalist and specialist medicine including respiratory medicine, oncology and palliative care at Monash Health.

                  Alethea Kavanagh
                  Alethea Kavanagh

                  Clinician / researcher

                  Senior physiotherapist, Allied Health Leader, cardiothoracics and respiratory medicine at Monash Health; MPhil candidate at Monash University

                    Sally Heyde
                    Sally Heyde

                    Clinician

                    Community-based Senior Physiotherapist, including pulmonary rehabilitation, general rehabilitation and aquatic physiotherapy at Monash Health.

                      Sandy Malmo
                      Sandy Malmo

                      Clinician

                      Senior physiotherapist, medicine stream in cancer services, including acute haematology and oncology at Monash Health.

                        Simone Simeon
                        Simone Simeon

                        Clinician

                        Senior Physiotherapist, general medicine, respiratory and cardiac rehabilitation at Monash Health.

                          Elena Gerstman
                          Elena Gerstman

                          Clinician

                          Senior Physiotherapist, general medicine, respiratory and renal medicine at Monash Health.

                            Paul Mauracher
                            Paul Mauracher

                            Clinician

                            Community-based exercise physiologist in general and pulmonary rehabilitation, Monash Health.

                              Dr. Paul Leong
                              Dr. Paul Leong

                              Clinician / researcher

                              Respiratory physician and PhD candidate at Monash Lung and Sleep, Monash Health.

                                Vicki Papanikolaou
                                Vicki Papanikolaou

                                Scientist / clinical researcher

                                Senior biomedical scientist and clinical trials co-ordinator, Monash Health.

                                  Anne Tran
                                  Anne Tran

                                  Scientist

                                  Scientist and project co-ordinator (respiratory and cardiology), Monash Health.

                                    Laura Montgomery
                                    Laura Montgomery

                                    Clinician / Researcher

                                    Senior Physiotherapist, Respiratory and General Medicine, Monash Health.

                                      Ruben Hopmans
                                      Ruben Hopmans

                                      IT consultant

                                      Information technology, multimedia and web design, Monash University.

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                                        Find out about current projects, journal club items, next meeting dates via the links below. Our work centres upon frontline research that aims to facilitate rapid translation into clinical respiratory medicine practice. This includes projects in areas of acute and subacute rehabilitation. We have expertise in a range of adult respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and bronchiectasis, but welcome collaborations in other areas.

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