Dr Cliffton Chan

Lecturer - Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Biomedical Sciences, School of Medical Sciences

Telephone +61 2 9351 9244

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Biographical details

Dr Cliffton Chan obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney with his thesis entitled “Fit to Play: Physiotherapy-Based Interventions for Professional Orchestral Musicians”. His research was conducted exclusively with the eight premier state orchestras in Australia. He developed and implemented a range of exercise-based interventions and physiotherapy-led triage services as well as co-ordinated the largest Australian trial of the Alexander Technique to address performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in these professional orchestral musicians. He aimed to raise awareness of the high prevalence of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders both to the performing artists and to the healthcare professionals. Hence, his research has lead to multiple internationally peer-reviewed journal publications, and award-winning national and international presentations at performing arts medicine and science conferences. As a practicing musculoskeletal physiotherapist and researcher, he continues to conduct high-quality clinical assessment and intervention research with musicians at all experience levels. Beyond this, Dr Chan is the current Treasurer and Scientific Chair of the Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare promoting holistic healthcare to performing artists, educators and healthcare professionals.

Research interests

  • Associations between the psychosocial and physical factors in musculoskeletal disorders
  • Prevention and management of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians
  • Role of targetted exercise therapy on work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Anatomical analysis of movement and exercise

Teaching and supervision

  • Applied and functional musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Anatomical analysis of exercise
  • Musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2014). Evidence-informed physical therapy management of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 706. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). Exercise DVD effect on musculoskeletal disorders in professional orchestral musicians. Occupational Medicine, 64(1), 23-30. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). The use of an exercise DVD for Professional Orchestral Musicians. Occupational Medicine, 64(1), 23-30. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Development of a specific exercise programme for professional orchestral musicians. Injury Prevention, 19(4), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). The usefulness of on-site physical therapy-led triage services for professional orchestral musicians - a national cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Sterling, M., Pedler, A., Chan, C., Puglisi, M., Vuvan, V., Vicenzino, B. (2010). Cervical lateral glide increases nociceptive flexion reflex threshold but not pressure or thermal pain thresholds in chronic whiplash associated disorders: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Manual Therapy, 15(2), 149-153. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Can experienced observers detect postural changes in professional muscians after interventions? International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, Brussels, Belgium: Association EuropĂ©enne des Conservatoires.
  • Chan, C. (2012). The Usefulness of On-Site Physiotherapy Triage Services for Professional Orchestral Musicians - A Study. 30th Annual Symposium of Performing Arts Medicine Association, Colarado: PAMA.
  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2011). A Specific Core Stability and Motor Control Exercise Program For Professional Orchestral Musicians. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (5th Annual Conference and AGM), Sydney: ASPAH.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2011). Development of a Specific Evidence-based Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professional Orchestral Musicians. Third National Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) conference, Brisbane: APA.
  • Chan, C. (2010). Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professioal Orchestral Musicians - A National Clinical Trial. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (4th Annual Conference and AGM), Melbourne: Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

2014

  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2014). Evidence-informed physical therapy management of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 706. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). Exercise DVD effect on musculoskeletal disorders in professional orchestral musicians. Occupational Medicine, 64(1), 23-30. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). The use of an exercise DVD for Professional Orchestral Musicians. Occupational Medicine, 64(1), 23-30. [More Information]

2013

  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Can experienced observers detect postural changes in professional muscians after interventions? International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, Brussels, Belgium: Association EuropĂ©enne des Conservatoires.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Development of a specific exercise programme for professional orchestral musicians. Injury Prevention, 19(4), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). The usefulness of on-site physical therapy-led triage services for professional orchestral musicians - a national cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, 1-9. [More Information]

2012

  • Chan, C. (2012). The Usefulness of On-Site Physiotherapy Triage Services for Professional Orchestral Musicians - A Study. 30th Annual Symposium of Performing Arts Medicine Association, Colarado: PAMA.

2011

  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2011). A Specific Core Stability and Motor Control Exercise Program For Professional Orchestral Musicians. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (5th Annual Conference and AGM), Sydney: ASPAH.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2011). Development of a Specific Evidence-based Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professional Orchestral Musicians. Third National Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) conference, Brisbane: APA.

2010

  • Sterling, M., Pedler, A., Chan, C., Puglisi, M., Vuvan, V., Vicenzino, B. (2010). Cervical lateral glide increases nociceptive flexion reflex threshold but not pressure or thermal pain thresholds in chronic whiplash associated disorders: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Manual Therapy, 15(2), 149-153. [More Information]
  • Chan, C. (2010). Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professioal Orchestral Musicians - A National Clinical Trial. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (4th Annual Conference and AGM), Melbourne: Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

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