Professor Jennifer Alison
PhD, MSc(Lond) with Distinction. Dip Phty, Cert Cardiopulmonary Technology; FThorSoc
Professor of Respiratory Physiotherapy, Discipline of Physiotherapy and Conjoint Professor Allied Health (Chronic Diseases) Sydney Local Health District
C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
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Lung & Heart Physiotherapy Research Group
Professor Jennifer Alison is a Professor of Respiratory Physiotherapy, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney and the Conjoint Professor Allied Health (Chronic Diseases) Sydney Local Health District and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. She teaches cardiopulmonary physiotherapy in the BAppSc (Physiotherapy) and Master of Physiotherapy programs at the University of Sydney and led the development of the clinical simulation unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Prof Alison was a clinical specialist physiotherapist (Level 6) in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Department of Physiotherapy, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital until 2015 and now holds an honorary appointment in this department.
As part of her keen interest in health care, and particularly lung health, she is on the executive committee of NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Respiratory Network (co-chair 2009-2015) and is Chair of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Network of the Lung Foundation Australia (LFA). Through this latter committee Prof Alison led the development of the web-based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Toolkit for clinicians and is leading the writing of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Prof Alison has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 8 books/book chapters and over 180 peer-reviewed abstracts, has been awarded over 44 research grants (6 NHMRC project grants), has supervised 16 honours students (3 with university medals), 14 PhD/masters students to completion and currently supervises 11 PhD/masters students.
Prof Alison leads the Lung and Heart Physiotherapy Research Group, University of Sydney and has strong collaborations with the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Research areas include:
- interventions to improve exercise capacity and quality of life in people with lung disease, including COPD, cystic fibrosis and dust-related lung diseases;
- evaluation of exercise tests and exercise prescription for people with lung disease;
- physical therapies (including exercise) to improve mucus clearance;
- translation of research evidence into clinical practice, especially pulmonary rehabilitation in rural and remote areas;
- student learning through clinical simulation
Teaching and supervision
Undergraduate and graduate entry masters teaching and honours supervision in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy. Research higher degree supervision of Masters and PhD students. Professor Alison has supervised 16 honours students (3 with university medals), 14 PhD/masters students to completion and currently supervises 11 PhD/masters students.
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|An examination of sedentary behaviour in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||Sonia CHENG|
|Development of an integrated prehabilitation/rehabilitation program utilising eHealth technologies for patients undergoing surgical treatment for non-small cell lung cancer||Michael MARTHICK|
|Effects of High-Intensity Exercise Training on Heart, Lung, Muscle and Physical Activity Among Patients with Early-Onset Type 2 Diabetes or Gestational Diabetes||Phillip MUNOZ|
|Does the bubble-positive expiratory pressure device improve secretion clearance compared to the active cycle of breathing technique (ACBT) or no intervention in non-CF bronchiectasis||Mary SANTOS|
|Perceptions, experiences, compliance and sustainability of high intensity interval aerobic exercise training in early-onset type two diabetes mellitus||Kathryn SKELSEY|
|NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES TO MEASURE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES IN PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)||Ling Ling TSAI|
Professor Alison is a member of the following committees:
- Discipline Leadership Team, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
- Member, COPD Coordinating Committee, Lung Foundation Australia
- Member, Conference Program Committee, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly, American Thoracic Society
- Member, Planning Committee, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assembly, American Thoracic Society
- COPD Coordinating Committee of the Australian Lung Foundation (LFA);
- Executive Committee and Steering Committee for the Breathe Easy, Walk Easy project of the LFA.
- External representative on Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Research Committee
Membership of Professional Societies:
The Australian Physiotherapy Association; National Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia Group; Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand; Lung Foundation Australia; European Respiratory Society; American Thoracic Society
Awards and honours
- Fellow of Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand for demonstrating exceptional contributions to the field of respiratory health in Australia or New Zealand 2015
- Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2013: Through her supervision of research students, Professor Alison provides an environment that develops enquiring, independent, ethical research clinicians who contribute to the knowledge-base of healthcare
- Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision Award 2012
- Faculty of Health Sciences Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision Award 2012
- Thompson Research Fellowship 2012
- NHMRC (Dora Lush) Biomedical Scholarship. (3.5 years funding to complete PhD) 1995
- Janssen-Cilag Travelling Fellowship 1996
Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences
- The effectiveness and feasibility of a behaviour-change intervention to reduce sedentary time in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): A pilot randomised controlled trial.; McKeough Z, Cheng S, Alison J, Stamatakis E, Dennis S; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Seeding Grant.
- Implementing evidence into practice to improve chronic lung disease management in Indigenous Australians: the "Breathe Easy, Walk Easy-Lungs for Life" (BE WELL) project; Alison J, Jenkins C, Maguire G, Jan S, Shaw T, Dennis S, McKeough Z, Lee V; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/NHMRC/ GACD Request for Applications on the prevention and management of chronic lung disease.
- Cosmed K5 – portable metabolic system; Stamatakis E, Alison J, Mackey M, Jay O, Fiatarone Singh M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- Telerehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Alison J, Holland A; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- Exercise impairments and effects of aerobic interval training in young-onset type 2 diabetes; Wong J, Harmer A, Alison J, Ruell P, McLennan S; Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART)/Research Grants.
- A randomized controlled trial (RCT) of telerehabilitation on exercise capacity, physical activity and quality of life in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): The TeleR study; McKeough Z, Tsai L, Mcnamara R, McKenzie D, Alison J; NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation/Partnership Project.
- A randomised controlled trial of supplemental oxygen versus medical air in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Supplemental Oxygen in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Trial (SuppORT); Alison J, McDonald C, McKeough Z, Jenkins S, Holland A, Hill K, Morris N; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- Novel interventions to improve exercise capacity and quality of life in chronic lung disease; Alison J; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.
- Respiratory function in patients with newly-diagnosed early-onset type 2 diabetes; Harmer A, Maxwell L, Wong J, Alison J; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Support.
- Integration of Academic and Clinical Learning Opportunities - involving the community in graduating excellent clinicians through patient simulation; Alison J, Refshauge K, Gonczi A, McCabe T, McCluskey M, Canning C, Patrick (Blackford) J; University of Sydney/Strategic Teaching Enhancement Project Grant.
- Exercise prescription in clinical rehabilitation for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Luxton N, Alison J, Mackey M, Zainuldin M; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Support.
- Optimising outcomes for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Evaluation of Walking Training; Alison J, Jenkins S, Eastwood P, Jenkins C, Hillman D, McKeough Z; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- Does short-form Sun-style Tai Chi improve exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?: a single-blind, randomised controlled trial; Leung W, Alison J, McKeough Z; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Support.
- Pulmonary and Exercise Testing in Chronic Disease: Vmax Encore System.; Alison J, McKeough Z, Harmer A, Mackey M, Orr R; Faculty of Health Sciences/Equipment Development Grant.
- Effect of exercise training on quality of life and exercise capacityin dust-related lung disease; Alison J, Corte P, McKeough Z, Bye P; Workers Compensation Dust Diseases Board/Research and Community Support Grants Scheme.
- Acute ventilatory and haemodynamic responses to supplemental oxygen in patients with chronic respiratory failure; Alison J, Hollier C, Harmer A, Maxwell L; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Support.
- Does exercise enhance mucus clearance in adults with cystic fibrosis; Alison J; Cystic Fibrosis Australia/Research Support.
- SenseWear Body Monitoring System; Maher C, McKeough Z, Latimer J, Sherrington C, Herbert R, Refshauge K, Crosbie W, Kilbreath S, Alison J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- Optimising Mucus Clearance with Exercise in Cystic Fibrosis; Alison J; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.
- Exercise to enhance mucus clearance in cystic fibrosis; Alison J, Mellis C; Australian Respiratory Council/Harry Windsor Research Grants Scheme.
- Effect of exercise training on quality of life and exercise capacity in people with dust-related lun; Alison J, McKeough Z, Corte P, Bye P; Workers Compensation Dust Diseases Board/Research Support.
- Motion star wireless 2 real-time motion capture system; Crosbie W, Moseley G, Alison J, Latimer J, Davis G, Kilbreath S, Refshauge K, Maher C, Middleton J, O'Dwyer N; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- Respiratory and Sleep Medicine; Jenkins C, Hensley M, Alison J, Britton W, Irwig L, Rogers N, Rose B, Marks G, Grunstein R, Bye P, Anderson S, King G, Berend N, Gibson P; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Centres of Clinical Research Excellence.
- The Effect Of Early Rehabilitation On Exercise Capacity And Quality Of Life In Patients With Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure: A Cost-Benefit Analysis; Manadue C, Ellis E, Alison J; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Seeding Research Grants Scheme.
- Testing a home based rehabilitation program for survivors of a critical illness: a randomised controlled trial; Aitken L, McKinley S, Elliott D, King M, Alison J, Aitken L, King M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- Viasys Impulse Oscillometer System with Pentium Device; Bye P, Elkins M, Alison J, McCarren B, Anderson S, Daviskas E; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- Home-based rehabilitation program for survivors of a critical illness: a pilot study; Alison J, Elliott D; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
- COSMED K4b2 oxygen saturation monitor, cardiovis telemetry stress ecg option, turbine and oxygen sen; Mackey M, Alison J; Faculty of Health Sciences/Equipment Development Grant.
- Evaluation of individual components of pulmonary rehabilitation in subjects with COPD; Thompson C, Alison J, Bye P; Community Health and Tuberculosis Australia (CHATA)/Harry Windsor Research Grant.
- Cumberland Research Post Completion; Alison J; Faculty of Health Sciences/Post Completion Grant.
- Evaluation of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Subjects with Chronic Ai; Barker-Whittle Z, Alison J, Bye P; Physiotherapists Registration Board (NSW Health)/Ian Collier Memorial Scolarship.
- Evaluation of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and Pulmonary Rehabilitation on Exercise Capacity, Upper; Spencer L, Barker-Whittle Z, Alison J, Bye P; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Grant.
- Filancemeter (Tensiomat Semiautomatic Surface Tension Meter); Anderson S, Alison J, Daviskas L, Elkins M, Bye P, Robinson M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- Assessment of physical therapies to improve secretion clearance in patients with cystic fibrosis; Robinson M, Bye P, Alison J, Eberl S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- COSMED K4b2 Portable Metabolic (Gas Exchange) System; Davis G, Smith R, Alison J, Mackey M, Ellis E, Maher C, Refshauge K; DVC Research/Equipment (Sesqui).