Dr Alison Evans

PhD – USYD, MMus (Perf) - USYD, BMus (Perf) – Griffith, GDTL - USQ
Project Manager
Honorary Associate
Biomedical Sciences, School of Medical Sciences

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr Evans has expertise in music performance, specialising in bassoon and chamber music. Her doctoral studies focused on performing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) in musicians, in particular stress velopharyngeal insufficiency that can affect woodwind and brass instrumentalists. As a result, her research has increased awareness among the music and health-care professions to recognize potential risk factors and symptoms or this lesser-known PRMD. As a music educator, Dr Evans is passionate about applying music pedagogy and health research, to make changes to teaching and learning processes. Her commitment to this field is driven by wanting to help other musicians minimise their risk of experiencing playing-related pain or injury. Dr Evans’ current research aims to implement health policy frameworks into music training institutions and professional music associations to ensure music students’ training includes fundamental health knowledge required for optimal music performance and minimising occupational risk factors that lead to playing-related injuries.

Dr Evans is regularly invited to review conference abstracts for the Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) Annual Symposium and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) Annual Symposium.

Research interests

  • Health promotion for the prevention of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians
  • Improving teacher training to increase music students adoption of healthy practice behaviours
  • Perceived beliefs and attitudes towards exercise adherence to prevent musculoskeletal pain
  • Implementing biomechanical aspects into music performance and music education curricula

Associations

  • Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH)
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)

Themes

Musculoskeletal Health

Selected grants

2018

  • Paint the Pain: Investigating the physiological, social, and psychological impacts of visual arts creation in patients with primary chronic pain- A pilot randomised controlled trial study; Pourkazemi F, McKay M, Elliott J, Vassallo A, Evans A, Hooker L; DVC Research/Industry & Community Engagement Seed Fund (I&CEF).

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Evans, A., Driscoll, T., Livesey, J., Fitzsimons, D., Ackermann, B. (2015). Nasendoscopic evaluation of stress velopharyngeal insufficiency in wind musicians: a pilot study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 30(1), 47-53.
  • Evans, A., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). A Delphi survey on diagnosis and management of stress velopharyngeal insufficiency in wind musicians. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16(5), 445-455. [More Information]
  • Evans, A., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2011). Prevalence of velopharyngeal insufficiency in woodwind and brass students. Occupational Medicine, 61(7), 480-482. [More Information]
  • Evans, A., Ackermann, B., Driscoll, T. (2010). Functional anatomy of the soft palate applied to wind playing. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 25(4), 183-189. [More Information]

2015

  • Evans, A., Driscoll, T., Livesey, J., Fitzsimons, D., Ackermann, B. (2015). Nasendoscopic evaluation of stress velopharyngeal insufficiency in wind musicians: a pilot study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 30(1), 47-53.

2014

  • Evans, A., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). A Delphi survey on diagnosis and management of stress velopharyngeal insufficiency in wind musicians. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16(5), 445-455. [More Information]

2011

  • Evans, A., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2011). Prevalence of velopharyngeal insufficiency in woodwind and brass students. Occupational Medicine, 61(7), 480-482. [More Information]

2010

  • Evans, A., Ackermann, B., Driscoll, T. (2010). Functional anatomy of the soft palate applied to wind playing. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 25(4), 183-189. [More Information]

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