Sydney Dean of Health Sciences recognised in Australia Day Honours

15 March 2016

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Professor Kathryn Refshauge has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to physiotherapy and to medical education in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.
The award recognises more than 20 years of contributions to allied health mentorship, higher education reform, and health and medical research.

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Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Professor Kathryn Refshauge (Photo: University of Sydney)

In addition to her role as Dean, Professor Refshauge is a prolific researcher and leads the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group at the University of Sydney.
This cross-disciplinary group has benefited from her leadership, dedication and willingness to support and advocate for junior and senior allied health clinicians and researchers. She has directly supervised more than 50 PhD and master’s students and mentored hundreds more.
The University of Sydney professor is well known for her ability to inspire students and young academics to achieve more than they ever thought possible—a trait recognised with numerous awards including the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Supervision award and similar honours from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Professor Refshauge’s own contributions to health and medical research are enormous. She is regarded as an international leader in her field, particularly in sports injuries, back pain and nerve and muscle diseases. Her work has been recognised with awards from the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease association. In 2015, Professor Refshauge was elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
More recently, her research focuses on improving quality of life for women following breast cancer treatment. She is also a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders.
The faculty congratulates Professor Refshauge on this well-deserved achievement.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health research, sciences and education. We achieve this through encouraging international collaboration across all our research endeavours, and through strategic partnerships that are global in their reach.

Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences

The university’s Faculty of Health Sciences strives constantly for excellence in intellectual enquiry, academic freedom and integrity. To support these goals, the faculty provides an engaging and stimulating student-centred learning and teaching environment, attracting some of the best students and researchers in Australia.
Offered by the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences, the two-year graduate-entry Master of Physiotherapy program is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in a related field and who wish to gain the requirements to become a physiotherapist.
Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 1, 2015.

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