Dr Andrew Leaver

PhD, GradDipAppSc(ManipPhty), BAppSc(Phty), GradCertEdSt(Higher Education)
Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9545
Fax +61 2 9351 9278

Website Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Teaching and supervision

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Electrotherapy
  • UOS Coordinator Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy D, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4

Current research students

Project title Research student
Neurochemical Markers of Headaches Using Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Maria Eliza AGUILA
Implementation of a guideline?based clinical pathway of care to improve health outcomes following whiplash injury. Aila BANDONG
Determinants of improved recovery and responsiveness to treatment after whiplash. Alex GRIFFIN
Pelvic motor control in people with and without low back pain Jian Hua LIN
Does an online psychological intervention improve self-efficacy and disability in people also receiving Multimodal Manual Therapy for chronic low back pain compared to Multimodal Manual Therapy alone? Design of a randomized controlled trial John PETROZZI

Themes

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences

Selected grants

2015

  • Development of an online package (WOAP) to support the assessment and treatment of people with whiplash; Rebbeck T, Sterling M, Ritchie C, Leaver A; Motor Accident Insurance Commission/Project Support.
  • The international network for study of cultural determinants of musculoskeletal disability: engaging the Middle East; Moloney N, Hiller C, Leaver A, Mackey M, Refshauge K, Coggon D, Hall A, Al-Sobayel H; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2014

  • Partnering the University of Sydney and The Philippines to enhance productivity in clinical rehabilitation research; Leaver A; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Research Grant.

2012

  • Sit-Stand Workstation Pilot; Mackey M, Leaver A, Rooney K, Chau J, Shirley D, Daley M; National Heart Foundation of Australia/Research Support.
  • Australia-India Musculoskeletal Research Network; Hiller C, Brennan P, Leaver A, Refshauge K, Singh U, Handa G; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Taouk, C., Desa, V., Leaver, A. (2016). Clinical and radiological assessment of the cervical extensor muscles in people with neck pain. A narrative review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20(5-6), 306-314. [More Information]
  • Rebbeck, T., Leaver, A., Bandong, A., Kenardy, J., Refshauge, K., Connelly, L., Cameron, I., Mitchell, G., Willcock, S., Ritchie, C., Jagnoor, J., et al (2016). Implementation of a guideline-based clinical pathway of care to improve health outcomes following whiplash injury (Whiplash ImPaCT): Protocol of a randomised, controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 62(2), 111-111. [More Information]
  • Aguila, M., Rebbeck, T., Leaver, A., Lagopoulos, J., Brennan, P., Hubscher, M., Refshauge, K. (2016). The Association Between Clinical Characteristics of Migraine and Brain GABA Levels: An Exploratory Study. The Journal of Pain, 17(10), 1058-1067. [More Information]
  • Petrozzi, M., Leaver, A., Jones, M., Ferreira, P., Rubinstein, S., Mackey, M. (2015). Does an online psychological intervention improve self-efficacy and disability in people also receiving Multimodal Manual Therapy for chronic low back pain compared to Multimodal Manual Therapy alone? Design of a randomized controlled trial. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 23(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Aguila, M., Lagopoulos, J., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., Huebscher, M., Brennan, P., Refshauge, K. (2015). Elevated levels of GABA+ in migraine detected using 1H-MRS. NMR in Biomedicine, 28(7), 890-897. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Leaver, A., Doody, C. (2015). The clinical utility of pain classification in non-specific arm pain. Manual Therapy, 20(1), 157-165. [More Information]
  • Trott, C., Aguila, M., Leaver, A. (2014). The clinical significance of immediate symptom responses to manual therapy treatment for neck pain: Observational secondary data analysis of a randomized trial. Manual Therapy, 19(6), 549-554. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., McAuley, J., Jull, G., Refshauge, K. (2013). Characteristics of a new episode of neck pain. Manual Therapy, 18(3), 254-257. [More Information]
  • Radas, A., Mackey, M., Leaver, A., Bouvier, A., Chau, J., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2013). Evaluation of ergonomic and education interventions to reduce occupational sitting in office-based university workers: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., McAuley, J., Jull, G., Latimer, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). People seeking treatment for a new episode of neck pain typically have rapid improvement in symptoms: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 59(1), 31-37. [More Information]
  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., McAuley, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 154(9), 1497-1504. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C. (2012). In response to: Dunning J. How about an honorable mention for cervical and thoracic thrust manipulation? A passing mention would be more appropriate. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 20(3), 167-168. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Gwendolen, J., Refshauge, K. (2010). A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Manipulation With Mobilization for Recent Onset Neck Pain. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91(9), 1313-1318. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., McAuley, J. (2010). Conservative interventions provide short-term relief for non-specific neck pain: a systematic review. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 56(2), 73-85. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A. (2010). Interpreting the evidence on motor control exercises for neck pain. Physical Therapy Reviews, 15(5), 418-419. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., McAuley, J. (2010). Response to Bjordal et al. Journal of Physiotherapy, 56(4), 283-283.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2010). The authors respond. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(2), 325-326. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Herbert, R., Jull, G., McAuley, J. (2007). Efficacy of manipulation for non-specific neck pain of recent onset: design of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 8(Article 18), 18-1-18-5. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Aguila, M., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., Lagopoulos, J., Brennan, P., Huebscher, M., Refshauge, K. (2015). Clinical characteristics associated with perceived disability and GABA level in adults with migraine: insights for physiotherapy assessment. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015, Singapore: Elsevier.
  • Leaver, A. (2013). Great debate – To manipulate or not, that is the question. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., McAuley, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain - A systematic review and meta-analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine passive physiological intervertebral movements: a protocol for evaulating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine PPIVM: a protocol for evaluating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2011). Neck Pain Prognosis, It's not all bad news. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Leaver, A. (2009). Improving outcomes: integrated active management of workers with soft tissue injury. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2009). Manipulation versus mobilisation for recent onset neck pain: A randomised controlled trial. APA Conference Week 2009, Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2009). Neck manipulation is not more effective than safer mobilisation techniques for recent onset neck pain: A randomised controlled trial. Boston International Forum X, Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, USA: Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Herbert, R., Jull, G., McAuley, J. (2008). Clinical characteristics of patients treated with manipulation for recent onset neck pain. Perspectives from a randomised controlled trial. World Congress on Neck Pain, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Herbert, R., Jull, G., McAuley, J. (2007). Current Practice in Neck Manipulation. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 15th Biennial conference 2007, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A. (2006). Manipulation for neck pain: Design of a randomised controlled trial. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 14th Biennial Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A. (2004). Management of chronic whiplash associated disorders. APA NSW / QLD Branch Conference 2004, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A. (2003). Management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 13th Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2016

  • Taouk, C., Desa, V., Leaver, A. (2016). Clinical and radiological assessment of the cervical extensor muscles in people with neck pain. A narrative review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20(5-6), 306-314. [More Information]
  • Rebbeck, T., Leaver, A., Bandong, A., Kenardy, J., Refshauge, K., Connelly, L., Cameron, I., Mitchell, G., Willcock, S., Ritchie, C., Jagnoor, J., et al (2016). Implementation of a guideline-based clinical pathway of care to improve health outcomes following whiplash injury (Whiplash ImPaCT): Protocol of a randomised, controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 62(2), 111-111. [More Information]
  • Aguila, M., Rebbeck, T., Leaver, A., Lagopoulos, J., Brennan, P., Hubscher, M., Refshauge, K. (2016). The Association Between Clinical Characteristics of Migraine and Brain GABA Levels: An Exploratory Study. The Journal of Pain, 17(10), 1058-1067. [More Information]

2015

  • Aguila, M., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., Lagopoulos, J., Brennan, P., Huebscher, M., Refshauge, K. (2015). Clinical characteristics associated with perceived disability and GABA level in adults with migraine: insights for physiotherapy assessment. World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015, Singapore: Elsevier.
  • Petrozzi, M., Leaver, A., Jones, M., Ferreira, P., Rubinstein, S., Mackey, M. (2015). Does an online psychological intervention improve self-efficacy and disability in people also receiving Multimodal Manual Therapy for chronic low back pain compared to Multimodal Manual Therapy alone? Design of a randomized controlled trial. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 23(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Aguila, M., Lagopoulos, J., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., Huebscher, M., Brennan, P., Refshauge, K. (2015). Elevated levels of GABA+ in migraine detected using 1H-MRS. NMR in Biomedicine, 28(7), 890-897. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Leaver, A., Doody, C. (2015). The clinical utility of pain classification in non-specific arm pain. Manual Therapy, 20(1), 157-165. [More Information]

2014

  • Trott, C., Aguila, M., Leaver, A. (2014). The clinical significance of immediate symptom responses to manual therapy treatment for neck pain: Observational secondary data analysis of a randomized trial. Manual Therapy, 19(6), 549-554. [More Information]

2013

  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., McAuley, J., Jull, G., Refshauge, K. (2013). Characteristics of a new episode of neck pain. Manual Therapy, 18(3), 254-257. [More Information]
  • Radas, A., Mackey, M., Leaver, A., Bouvier, A., Chau, J., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2013). Evaluation of ergonomic and education interventions to reduce occupational sitting in office-based university workers: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A. (2013). Great debate – To manipulate or not, that is the question. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., McAuley, J., Jull, G., Latimer, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). People seeking treatment for a new episode of neck pain typically have rapid improvement in symptoms: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 59(1), 31-37. [More Information]
  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., McAuley, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain - A systematic review and meta-analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., McAuley, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 154(9), 1497-1504. [More Information]
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine passive physiological intervertebral movements: a protocol for evaulating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine PPIVM: a protocol for evaluating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2012

  • Leaver, A., Maher, C. (2012). In response to: Dunning J. How about an honorable mention for cervical and thoracic thrust manipulation? A passing mention would be more appropriate. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 20(3), 167-168. [More Information]

2011

  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2011). Neck Pain Prognosis, It's not all bad news. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.

2010

  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Gwendolen, J., Refshauge, K. (2010). A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Manipulation With Mobilization for Recent Onset Neck Pain. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91(9), 1313-1318. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., McAuley, J. (2010). Conservative interventions provide short-term relief for non-specific neck pain: a systematic review. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 56(2), 73-85. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A. (2010). Interpreting the evidence on motor control exercises for neck pain. Physical Therapy Reviews, 15(5), 418-419. [More Information]
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., McAuley, J. (2010). Response to Bjordal et al. Journal of Physiotherapy, 56(4), 283-283.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2010). The authors respond. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(2), 325-326. [More Information]

2009

  • Leaver, A. (2009). Improving outcomes: integrated active management of workers with soft tissue injury. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2009). Manipulation versus mobilisation for recent onset neck pain: A randomised controlled trial. APA Conference Week 2009, Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G. (2009). Neck manipulation is not more effective than safer mobilisation techniques for recent onset neck pain: A randomised controlled trial. Boston International Forum X, Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, USA: Harvard School of Public Health.

2008

  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Herbert, R., Jull, G., McAuley, J. (2008). Clinical characteristics of patients treated with manipulation for recent onset neck pain. Perspectives from a randomised controlled trial. World Congress on Neck Pain, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

2007

  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Herbert, R., Jull, G., McAuley, J. (2007). Current Practice in Neck Manipulation. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 15th Biennial conference 2007, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Herbert, R., Jull, G., McAuley, J. (2007). Efficacy of manipulation for non-specific neck pain of recent onset: design of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 8(Article 18), 18-1-18-5. [More Information]

2006

  • Leaver, A. (2006). Manipulation for neck pain: Design of a randomised controlled trial. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 14th Biennial Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2004

  • Leaver, A. (2004). Management of chronic whiplash associated disorders. APA NSW / QLD Branch Conference 2004, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2003

  • Leaver, A. (2003). Management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 13th Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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