Katherine (Kate) Dooley


Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Building 1014

Kate commenced her role as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University Orange campus in July 2021, predominantly teaching third year students about musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice. While completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2010, Kate developed her interest in sports injury prevention. This developed over the eleven years Kate spent working in private practice and elite sporting environments, driving her to deliver holistic, person-centred care that incorporates clients opinions and beliefs on injury to help facilitate successful implementation of rehabilitation and injury protection strategies.

Kate was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in 2022 for her work exploring the movement strategies and perceptions of sub-elite male athletes experiencing groin pain. Since 2017 Kate has played a substantial role in the internationally funded ‘HAMI’ research collaboration, leading the development of novel applications for functional magnetic resonance imaging to improve clinicians’ and sports scientists’ understanding of groin pain and hamstring injuries in athletes. Having contributed to the delivery of this logistically complex project across multiple sites, Kate continues to publish in high-ranking journals and present at national and international conferences. Beyond the HAMI study Kate is at the forefront of clinician-driven research as part of the leadership team of the Research In Practice Network (RIPN), breaking down barriers between research and clinical practice by mentoring clinicians in designing and implementing their research ideas.

  • PHS313 Foundations of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
  • PHS314 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice

An early-career researcher, Kate was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Physiotherapy) on the 15th of February 2022 for her work quantifying the differences in movement strategies between male athletes with and without historical groin pain during agility running tasks. Since beginning her candidature in 2017, Kate has played a substantial role as part of the US$295k “HAMI” grant funded by GE Healthcare and National Basketball Association Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration. One of Kate’s key roles was leading the methodological development and implementation of muscle functional MRI studies across four sites in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. This role required Kate to problem solve MRI methodological issues when scanning the anteromedial thigh by engaging with product specialists, radiographers and research leaders from General Electric Healthcare to develop an industry-based solution and to foster additional research relationships with collaborators from The University of Newcastle and Griffith University. Kate was also instrumental in developing data collection procedures for the multi-component 3D motion capture biomechanics study. As a co-supervisor of Honours students, Kate continues to work on the “HAMI” grant regularly collaborating with research leaders in Physiotherapy, Medical Radiation Science, Podiatry and Exercise Sports Science across Charles Sturt University, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, La Trobe University, Griffith University, and University of Canberra. Beyond the HAMI study Kate is a steering committee member of the Research In Practice Network (RIPN) ground-breaking initiative. This unique network is at the forefront of clinician-driven research, shepherding physiotherapists in the development of high quality research that improves patient outcomes. Kate facilitates the breaking down of barriers between research and clinical practice by leading numerous projects and mentoring clinicians in designing and implementing research activities.

Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Member of:
·Australian Physiotherapy Association
·Sports Medicine Australia
·Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
·International Society of Biomechanics
·Research In Practice Network (Hunter Region)

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