Dr Bronwen Jane Ackermann
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Dr Bronwen Ackermann is a physiotherapist whose interest in performing arts health grew as a result of working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1995. She has worked extensively with performing artists since the 1990s, with her clinical and research work focussed on musicians' injuries. She received a Churchill fellowship in 2002 allowing her to spend time with international colleagues involved in both research and clinical work in the field of music medicine. Her PhD was completed in 2003 looking at performance-related musculoskeletal injuries in violinists. Since then she has been conducting research into musicians injuries focussing on performance-related injury prevention, performance-related injury assessment and management, optimising performance through enhancing physical and pscyhological well-being, and understanding the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underpinning musical performance. She joined academia in mid 2006 and work in the Sydney Medical School teaching functional musculoskeletal anatomy. She has run several large national musicians health projects including an ARC linkage grant investigation developing evidence-based guidelines for best management of occupational injuries occurring in musicians, and an ALTC national music health curriculum initiative in collaboration with colleague Associate Professor Suzanne Wijsman from the University of Western Australia. She was the inaugural president of the Australian Society for Performing Arts healthcare and the Chairperson of the International Liaison Committee of the USA based Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). She has presented nationally and internationally to many orchestras, health professionals and music organisations about evidence-based principles of injury prevention and management for musicians.[Hide detail]
Musicians physiology, biomechanics, injury preventon, health promotion and health care provision research.
Applied and functional musculoskeletal anatomy
Clinical assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions
Current national competitive grants*
Sound practice: Supporting sustainable careers in orchestral musicians through occupational health and safety initiatives
Ackermann B, Kenny D, Driscoll T
ARC Linkage Project ($734,042 over 5 years)
* Grants administered through the University of Sydney
PhD and Masters' project opportunities
Sound practice: Supporting sustainable careers in orchestral musicians through Occupational Health and Safety initiatives +
A Musicians’ health curriculum initiative. Developing a health module for use within the tertiary music sector
+ indicates the opportunity is full and unavailable.