Professor Jane Bleasel

Professor of Medicine
Central Clinical School
Head, Sydney Medical Program

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Biographical details

Professor Jane Bleasel was appointed joint head of Sydney Medical Program in 2015. As head of the program, she is responsible for the development and delivery of curriculum for 1200 students undertaking Sydney’s four year Doctor of Medicine degree.

Professor Bleasel is a Rheumatologist, based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital since 1995 and Head of Department of Rheumatology since 1999. She obtained her PhD in the genetics of osteoarthritis from the University of Sydney, her clinical and research interests include haemophiliac arthropathy, connective tissue disease associated with interstitial lung disease, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. She is committed to providing specialist services to rural centres, and runs regular clinics in the central west of NSW.

Professor Bleasel has a long standing passion for clinical teaching and supervision across the whole spectrum from medical students to advanced trainees. She established a mentor program for advanced trainees in rheumatology and leads accreditation for Royal Australian College of Physicians in rheumatology. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education from Monash University.

Alongside her clinical and education work, Professor Bleasel has five children – and is recognised by colleagues and students alike as a role model for her time and organisational management skills.

Selected grants

2003

  • Is acute low back pain simply a temporary inconvenience?; Refshauge K, Herbert R, Cumming R, Bleasel J, Maher C; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
  • Are the back pain guidelines wrong?; Maher C, Herbert R, Bleasel J, Refshauge K, Cumming R; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Troy, L., Hamor, P., Bleasel, J., Corte, T. (2014). Two simultaneous autoimmune processes in a patient presenting with respiratory insufficiency. Respirology Case Reports, 2(1), 21-23. [More Information]
  • Craig, S., Youssef, P., Vaile, J., Sullivan, L., Bleasel, J. (2011). Intravenous Zoledronate and Oral Alendronate in Patients with a Low Trauma Fracture: experience from an osteoporosis clinic. Internal Medicine Journal, 41(2), 186-190. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2009). Characteristics of patients with acute low back pain presenting to primary care in Australia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 25(1), 5-11. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2009). Prevalence of and screening for serious spinal pathology in patients presenting to primary care settings with acute low back pain. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 60(10), 3072-3080. [More Information]
  • Richards, B., Spies, J., McGill, N., Richards, G., Vaile, J., Bleasel, J., Youssef, P. (2007). Effect of leflunomide on the peripheral nerves in rheumatoid arthritis. Internal Medicine Journal, 37, 101-107. [More Information]
  • Vaile, J., Sullivan, L., Bennett, C., Bleasel, J. (2007). First Fracture Project: addressing the osteoporosis care gap. Internal Medicine Journal, 37(10), 717-720. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2006). Prognosis of acute low back pain: design of a prospective inception cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 7, 54-1-54-5.
  • Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2006). Prognosis of acute low back pain: design of a prospective inception cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 7(1), 54. [More Information]
  • Crawford, B., Liu, P., Kean, M., Bleasel, J., Handelsman, D. (2003). Randomized placebo-controlled trial of androgen effects on muscle and bone in men requiring long-term systemic glucocorticoid treatment. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 88(7), 3167-3176.
  • Ashton, L., Stephen, J., Nabavi-Tabrizi, A., Bleasel, J., Briody, J. (2001). Osteoporosis: A possible aetiological factor in the development of Scheuermann's disease. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 9, 15-17.

Conferences

  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2007). Diagnosis of serious spinal pathology in patients presenting to primary care with acute low back pain. International Forum IX: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2007). Prognosis of acute low back pain in primary care. International Forum IX: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., McAuley, J. (2006). Can we identify serious spinal pathologies in acute low back pain patients? 8th International Forum on Low Back Pain, Nethelands: International Low-Back Pain Forum.
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., McAuley, J. (2006). Prognostic factors for acute low back pain managed in primary care. 8th International Forum on Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain: LBP Forum VIII 2006.
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J. (2005). What is the real prognosis of acute low back pain? Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 14th Biennial Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Maher, C., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, B., Bleasel, J. (2004). Are the acute low back pain guidelines wrong? Fourth Research Conference 2004 "From Cell to Society 4", Sydney: Faculties of Health, University of Sydney.

2014

  • Troy, L., Hamor, P., Bleasel, J., Corte, T. (2014). Two simultaneous autoimmune processes in a patient presenting with respiratory insufficiency. Respirology Case Reports, 2(1), 21-23. [More Information]

2011

  • Craig, S., Youssef, P., Vaile, J., Sullivan, L., Bleasel, J. (2011). Intravenous Zoledronate and Oral Alendronate in Patients with a Low Trauma Fracture: experience from an osteoporosis clinic. Internal Medicine Journal, 41(2), 186-190. [More Information]

2009

  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2009). Characteristics of patients with acute low back pain presenting to primary care in Australia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 25(1), 5-11. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2009). Prevalence of and screening for serious spinal pathology in patients presenting to primary care settings with acute low back pain. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 60(10), 3072-3080. [More Information]

2007

  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2007). Diagnosis of serious spinal pathology in patients presenting to primary care with acute low back pain. International Forum IX: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Richards, B., Spies, J., McGill, N., Richards, G., Vaile, J., Bleasel, J., Youssef, P. (2007). Effect of leflunomide on the peripheral nerves in rheumatoid arthritis. Internal Medicine Journal, 37, 101-107. [More Information]
  • Vaile, J., Sullivan, L., Bennett, C., Bleasel, J. (2007). First Fracture Project: addressing the osteoporosis care gap. Internal Medicine Journal, 37(10), 717-720. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2007). Prognosis of acute low back pain in primary care. International Forum IX: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

2006

  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., McAuley, J. (2006). Can we identify serious spinal pathologies in acute low back pain patients? 8th International Forum on Low Back Pain, Nethelands: International Low-Back Pain Forum.
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2006). Prognosis of acute low back pain: design of a prospective inception cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 7, 54-1-54-5.
  • Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2006). Prognosis of acute low back pain: design of a prospective inception cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 7(1), 54. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., McAuley, J. (2006). Prognostic factors for acute low back pain managed in primary care. 8th International Forum on Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain: LBP Forum VIII 2006.

2005

  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J. (2005). What is the real prognosis of acute low back pain? Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 14th Biennial Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2004

  • Maher, C., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, B., Bleasel, J. (2004). Are the acute low back pain guidelines wrong? Fourth Research Conference 2004 "From Cell to Society 4", Sydney: Faculties of Health, University of Sydney.

2003

  • Crawford, B., Liu, P., Kean, M., Bleasel, J., Handelsman, D. (2003). Randomized placebo-controlled trial of androgen effects on muscle and bone in men requiring long-term systemic glucocorticoid treatment. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 88(7), 3167-3176.

2001

  • Ashton, L., Stephen, J., Nabavi-Tabrizi, A., Bleasel, J., Briody, J. (2001). Osteoporosis: A possible aetiological factor in the development of Scheuermann's disease. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 9, 15-17.

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