Tim Retchford

B Physio (Hons), M Physio (Sports Physio)

Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Albury / Wodonga
Building 673 Room 232

Tim Retchford joined CSU in 2006 as a part-time lecturer of Physiotherapy. Tim's qualifications include an honours degree in Physiotherapy and a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy (both awarded by the University of Melbourne). He is currently enrolled in a PhD investigating the role of the hip muscles in the development of hip pathology. As a physiotherapist he has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, public and private hospitals and occupational rehabilitation. He has toured overseas with sporting teams. Tim currently also works as a clinical physiotherapist. He has previously taught physiotherapy and medical students at the University of Melbourne.

Positions and Roles
  • Lecturer - Physiotherapy Program, Charles Sturt University
  • Equipment Officer - Physiotherapy Program, Charles Sturt University


In 2008/2009 Tim was involved in a Physiotherapy course review that resulted in a new course being offered in 2010.  He has also preformed regular updates to his subjects to ensure currency.

Subject Delivery
  • PHS201 Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy Practice (year-long subject)
Innovations in Teaching

Tim has a variety of teaching experience including in the class room as well as clinical education in the campus-based Allied Health Clinic and in innovative local and international clinical experiences (overseas Sports/acute care placement and work with Australian Ski Team).

In 2009 Tim initiated an overseas clinical experience for Physiotherapy students to East Timor primarily treating athletes competing in a gruelling week-long bike race.  In 2010 the program was expanded to include nursing/para medical students, with students designing a running a first aid/physiotherapy clinic. Please refer to the link for photo's.  The program was repeated again in 2011 this time in collaboration with the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.  In 2012, Tim developed a new program in Langkawi, Malaysia based around the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge.

Research and Publications

Time is currently enrolled in PhD studies through University of Melbourne investigating the association between hip pathology and hip muscle function.  Despite the prevalence of hip pathology, there is a dearth of literature on hip muscles.  I am hoping the findings of my research will help improve the specificity of exercise therapy for the hip.

Research Higher Degree Students
  • Ben Curtis     
    A comparison of the acute effects of neural mobilisation in slump position and static hamstring stretching on multi-joint flexibility.
  • Kristy Hatswell    
    Below-Knee Injury in Pre-professional Ballet Dancers: An Exploration of Dancers' Experience and Perceptions.
List of publications
  • Retchford, T. H., Crossley, K. M., Grimaldi, A., Kemp, J. L., & Cowan, S. M. (2013). Can local muscles augment stability in the hip? A narrative literature review. Journal of musculoskeletal & neuronal interactions, 13(1), 1-12. [IF:2]

Community Engagement

Tim maintains his Physiotherapy skills running a part-time practice in his home town of Mt Beauty.  As well as general work, he is the current Physiotherapist to the Australian Ski Team in the winter months and during the summer treats some of Australia's best distance runners, triathletes and cyclists.

Memberships and Affiliations
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australian Sports Physiotherapy Association

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