Sport and Spine Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Training and Research Newcastle



Sport and Spine have been involved in the clinical training of Physiotherapy students for the last 20 years. Most of those students are studying at the University of Newcastle (UON), however, we have also had students from Universities in the United Kingdom, Canada and Denmark attend our practice for clinical training.
In addition to undergraduate training, we provide a training position for a new graduate at our practice for a period of twelve months each year. This position is specifically for new graduates from the UON and has been in place since 2006, the first year of graduates from the UON Physiotherapy program.
All of our Physiotherapists are currently involved in teaching undergraduate and post graduate Physiotherapists, on courses which involve general and specific areas of sport, injury and exercise.


'Challenge' Program - Colon Cancer and Physical Activity.

The co.21 Colon Health and Life-Long Exercise Change (challenge) trial undertaken by the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (ncic ctg) is designed to determine the effects of a structured physical activity intervention on outcomes for survivors of high-risk stage ii or iii colon cancer who have completed adjuvant therapy within the previous 2–6 months.
John Siede (Senior Physiotherapist at Sport and Spine) has been responsible for assessing the fitness of Hunter patients randomised into this study, and prescribing exercise programs and advice as part of the research. This is an international ongoing research program.
The CHALLENGE trial will involve nearly 1,000 participants at sites across Canada and internationally, and currently nearly 300 have enrolled. If you are interested in finding out more about the CHALLENGE clinical trial, contact CIC at 1 888 939-3333 or or talk to your oncologist.


Sport and Spine has a long history with Netball in the Hunter from 1990 onwards. This has included local club netball and extended to representative, state and National League. Chris Downs is currently working on a research project through UON which is primarily focused on the incidence of injuries and risk factors. The results of this study may provide some useful data to netball associations wishing to reduce the risk of injuries.


Sport and Spine are currently collecting data within our practice which will enable us to evaluate our current clinical practice regarding diagnosis and treatment.