Dr Melanie Fuller


Dr Melanie Fuller
NameDr Melanie Fuller
Email Addressmelanie.fuller@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Physiotherapy)
QualificationsBExSc Griffith, GCertMusclskltPhsthpy La Trobe, MPhty Griffith, MMusclskltPhsthpy La Trobe, MMusclskltPhsthpy La Trobe, MSportPhsthpy La Trobe, PhD QUT
DepartmentSchool of Health and Medical Sciences
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2829-1615
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Biography

I am a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Southern Queensland, an Adjunct Lecturer at James Cook University, and President of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare. I have 15+ years experience working clinically with dancers from professional to recreational levels, across all styles of dance. I work with Queensland Sports Medicine Centre, casually with The Australian Ballet, have a PhD in Injury Prevention in Dance, and present internationally. Previously I have worked on the musicals - Matilda, Legally Blonde and Mary Poppins to name some. I am an APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, as well as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with postgraduate Masters qualifications in both Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from La Trobe University. Before training in Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, I taught dance for years, and completed my Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Certificate (now Advanced II), and an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Lecturer (Physiotherapy)University of Southern Queensland2023
Casual Touring PhysiotherapistThe Australian Ballet2013
APA Titled Sports and Exercise, + Musculoskeletal PhysiotherapistQueensland Sports Medicine Centre2021
Clinical Educator - PhysiotherapyJames Cook University20192021
APA Titled Sports and Exercise, + Musculoskeletal PhysiotherapistPondera Physiotherapy & Pilates20072019
PresidentAustralian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare2021
Adjunct LecturerJames Cook University2021

Expertise

Sports Physiotherapy, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Dance Physiotherapy, Dance, Injury Prevention, Training Load

Teaching

Foundations of Physiotherapy I and II

Applied Systemic Anatomy for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists

Applied Musculoskeletal and Neuroanatomy for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Australian Physiotherapy Association - both Sports and Exercise, + Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy interest groups
Sports Medicine Australia
International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare
BExSc
Griffith
2005
GCertMusclskltPhsthpy
La Trobe
2012
MPhty
Griffith
2007
MMusclskltPhsthpy
La Trobe
2015
MMusclskltPhsthpy
La Trobe
2016
MSportPhsthpy
La Trobe
2016
PhD
QUT
2021
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
PresidentAustralian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare

Artistic and Health Professionals' Perceptions of Training Load Practices in Pre-Professional and Professional Ballet and Contemporary Dance: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Fuller, Melanie, Moyle, Gene M., Harrison, Carly and Minett, Geoffrey M.. 2022. "Artistic and Health Professionals' Perceptions of Training Load Practices in Pre-Professional and Professional Ballet and Contemporary Dance: A Cross-Sectional Survey." Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. 26 (4), pp. 232-243. https://doi.org/10.12678/1089-313X.121522d

Weekly injury rates within semesters of a three-year tertiary dance program, and prospective training monitoring across one semester of training: a longitudinal study

Fuller, Melanie, Moyle, Gene and Minett, Geoffrey. 2022. "Weekly injury rates within semesters of a three-year tertiary dance program, and prospective training monitoring across one semester of training: a longitudinal study ." Research in Dance Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/14647893.2022.2083594

Setting young dancers up for success

Fuller, Melanie. 2022. "Setting young dancers up for success." Sports and Exercise Physio. (2), pp. 11-12.

Getting creative with care of performance artists

Fuller, Melanie (ed.) 2022. Getting creative with care of performance artists. Australia. Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Injury prevention in dance

Mayes, S., Jeffries, A., Fuller, M. and Harrison, C.. 2021. "Injury prevention in dance." 2021 Sports Medicine Australia Conference . Melbourne, Australia 08 - 09 Oct 2021 Australia.

Injuries across a pre-professional ballet and contemporary dance tertiary training program: A retrospective cohort study

Fuller, M., Moyle, G.M. and Minett, G.M.. 2020. "Injuries across a pre-professional ballet and contemporary dance tertiary training program: A retrospective cohort study." Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 23 (12), pp. 1166-1171. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2020.06.012

Injuries during transition periods across the year in pre-professional and professional ballet and contemporary dancers: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Fuller, M., Moyle, G.M., Hunt, A.P. and Minett, G.M.. 2020. "Injuries during transition periods across the year in pre-professional and professional ballet and contemporary dancers: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Physical Therapy in Sport. 44, pp. 14-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.03.010

Ballet and Contemporary Dance Injuries When Transitioning to Full-Time Training or Professional Level Dance: A Systematic Review

Fuller, Melanie, Moyle, Gene M., Hunt, Andrew P. and Minett, Geoffrey M.. 2019. "Ballet and Contemporary Dance Injuries When Transitioning to Full-Time Training or Professional Level Dance: A Systematic Review ." Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. 23 (3), pp. 112-125. https://doi.org/10.12678/1089-313X.23.3.112