Dr Joanna Diong

Lecturer
Biomedical Sciences, Sydney Medical School

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Biographical details

Joanna Diong PhD BAppSc(Physio)(HonsI) is a physiotherapist by background and completed a PhD in clinical epidemiology and clinical biomechanics at The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School in 2012. Her clinical research identified that musculoskeletal complications are a significant problem after spinal cord injury and her laboratory studies on whole muscle in humans provided the first tension-referenced measures of muscle length in spinal cord injury. She also contributed to development of NHMRC clinical guidelines for the management of hip fracture in older adults, and supported the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro). She is Lecturer in musculoskeletal anatomy at Biomedical Sciences and is Honorary Research Fellow at both Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and The George Institute where she continues to extend her research on the mechanical properties of muscles after stroke and on the effects of physical interventions in rehabilitation. Jo is an Early Career Researcher with a strong research track record and her work is generating national and international interest, evidenced by scientific publications, invited-speaker presentations, grants and awards. She also peer-reviews for clinical and physiological journals, serves on a NSW Health Human Ethics Scientific Committee, and promotes science through CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools.

Research interests

Muscle adaptation in neurological conditions

Effects of physical interventions in rehabilitation

Clinical epidemiology and evidence based practice

Teaching and supervision

Functional musculoskeletal anatomy

Structure, function and disease

Current projects

Muscle adaptation after stroke

Muscle stiffness in Parkinson's disease

Physical interventions after hip fracture

Associations

Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Awards and honours

2008 Australian Postgraduate Award

2003 The University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences International Merit Scholarship

2002 The University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences International Merit Scholarship

Selected grants

2014

  • Hand contractures after stroke: Changes in fascicle and tendon compliance of the forearm muscles; Diong J, Gandevia S, Herbert R; National Stroke Foundation Australia/Research Support.
  • Does rigidity in Parkinson’s disease change the passive mechanical properties of muscle?; Diong J, Double K; University of Sydney/Internal Research Grant Allocations.

2009

  • Contracture after spinal cord injury - A prospective cohort study; Diong J, Herbert R, Harvey L, Ling M; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Tagged Jill Nosworthy Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Henschke, N., Diong, J. (2014). Exercise reduces pain and improves physical function for people awaiting hip replacement surgery. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(6), 477-478. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Diong, J. (2014). National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). Journal of Physiotherapy, 60(1), 61-61. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2013). Gastrocnemius Muscle Contracture After Spinal Cord Injury: A Longitudinal Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(7), 565-574. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Models containing age and NIHSS predict recovery of ambulation and upper limb function six months after stroke: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 59(3), 189-197. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Pinto, R., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Reliability and validity of ultrasound measurements of muscle fascicle length and pennation in humans: a systematic review. Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(6), 761-769. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2012). Half of the adults who present to hospital with stroke develop at least one contracture within six months: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(1), 41-47. [More Information]
  • Harvey, L., Chu, J., Bowden, J., Quirk, R., Diong, J., Batty, J., Thompson, A., Barratt, D. (2012). How much equipment is prescribed for people with spinal cord injury in Australia, do they use it and are they satisfied 1 year later? Spinal Cord, 50(9), 676-681. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2012). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury-a prospective cohort study. Spinal Cord, 50(8), 579-584. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L. (2012). Mechanisms of increased passive compliance of hamstring muscle-tendon units after spinal cord injury. Clinical Biomechanics, 27(9), 893-898. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Clarke, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Hoang, P., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive Mechanical Properties of Gastrocnemius Muscles of People With Ankle Contracture After Stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(7), 1185-1190. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive mechanical properties of the gastrocnemius after spinal cord injury. Muscle and Nerve, 46(2), 237-245. [More Information]
  • Herbert, R., Clarke, J., Kwah, L., Diong, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2011). In vivo passive mechanical behaviour of muscle fascicles and tendons in human gastrocnemius muscle-tendon units. The Journal of Physiology, 589(21), 5257-5267. [More Information]
  • Waddington, G., Diong, J., Adams, R. (2006). Development of a Hand Dynamometer for the Control of Manually Applied Forces. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(4), 297-304. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2013). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2011). Incidence and prognosis of contracture after spinal cord injury. Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference-APA 2011.
  • Diong, J., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2011). Passive mechanical properties of gastrocnemius muscles in people with spinal cord injury and ankle contracture. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2014

  • Henschke, N., Diong, J. (2014). Exercise reduces pain and improves physical function for people awaiting hip replacement surgery. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(6), 477-478. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Diong, J. (2014). National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). Journal of Physiotherapy, 60(1), 61-61. [More Information]

2013

  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2013). Gastrocnemius Muscle Contracture After Spinal Cord Injury: A Longitudinal Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(7), 565-574. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2013). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Models containing age and NIHSS predict recovery of ambulation and upper limb function six months after stroke: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 59(3), 189-197. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Pinto, R., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Reliability and validity of ultrasound measurements of muscle fascicle length and pennation in humans: a systematic review. Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(6), 761-769. [More Information]

2012

  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2012). Half of the adults who present to hospital with stroke develop at least one contracture within six months: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(1), 41-47. [More Information]
  • Harvey, L., Chu, J., Bowden, J., Quirk, R., Diong, J., Batty, J., Thompson, A., Barratt, D. (2012). How much equipment is prescribed for people with spinal cord injury in Australia, do they use it and are they satisfied 1 year later? Spinal Cord, 50(9), 676-681. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2012). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury-a prospective cohort study. Spinal Cord, 50(8), 579-584. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L. (2012). Mechanisms of increased passive compliance of hamstring muscle-tendon units after spinal cord injury. Clinical Biomechanics, 27(9), 893-898. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Clarke, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Hoang, P., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive Mechanical Properties of Gastrocnemius Muscles of People With Ankle Contracture After Stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(7), 1185-1190. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive mechanical properties of the gastrocnemius after spinal cord injury. Muscle and Nerve, 46(2), 237-245. [More Information]

2011

  • Herbert, R., Clarke, J., Kwah, L., Diong, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2011). In vivo passive mechanical behaviour of muscle fascicles and tendons in human gastrocnemius muscle-tendon units. The Journal of Physiology, 589(21), 5257-5267. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2011). Incidence and prognosis of contracture after spinal cord injury. Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference-APA 2011.
  • Diong, J., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2011). Passive mechanical properties of gastrocnemius muscles in people with spinal cord injury and ankle contracture. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2006

  • Waddington, G., Diong, J., Adams, R. (2006). Development of a Hand Dynamometer for the Control of Manually Applied Forces. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(4), 297-304. [More Information]

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