Cliffton Chan

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Dr Cliffton Chan is Associate Professor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University. His research spans from sports and occupational medicine, patient education programs, higher education pedagogy to how joint hypermobility affects human function. His work, in collaboration with an international multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, has led to clinically useful hypermobility assessment tools, management options for people with hypermobility problems/disorders, as well as evidence-informed rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in orchestral musicians and dancers. Dr Chan is an active PhD supervisor; his PhD students cover a wide scope of clinically-relevant topics, such as hand dysfunction in children with hereditable connective tissue disorders, surgery-related musculoskeletal disorders in Rhinologists and Skull Base Surgeons, and online pain interventions for people with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder.

Dr Chan is an active member of the Ehlers-Danlos Society International Consortium (allied health working group), International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, Performing Arts Medicine Association (research sub-committee), and International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (mentorship program), and continues to be part of many of Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare's annual activities.

Beyond research, he convenes and enjoys teaching into a number of units across the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University, such as Evidenced-based healthcare (PHTY8104), Leadership, advocacy and business in healthcare (PHTY8307), and Advanced Physiotherapy Practice A (PHTY8301).

Education/Academic qualification

DipSportsNutri, Shaw Academy

… → 2020

GCertEduStd(High Ed), University of Sydney

… → 2015

PhD, Fit to Play: Physiotherapy-based interventions for professional orchestral musicians, University of Sydney

… → 2014

GDipMusic(Instrumental Pedagogy), The University of Queensland

… → 2010

BPhysio(HonsI), The University of Queensland

… → 2007


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