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Sophie

Sophie HEYWOOD

Year of Award: 2008 Award State: Victoria Health And Medicine > Rehabilitation And Pain Management
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to study innovations in Aquatic Physiotherapy in the management of chronic diseases - Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, U.K., USA
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Sophie Heywood is an aquatic physiotherapist specialising in managing knee osteoarthritis. Water offers the obvious advantage of buoyancy for this and other painful conditions. Patients can painlessly do reduced-weight-bearing exercise for strengthening and the water enables them to do more than would be possible otherwise. Water allows a wide spectrum of exercise intensities, whichever level is appropriate for each patient.

Sophie’s Churchill Fellowship in 2008 enabled her to investigate innovations in aquatic physiotherapy in the management of chronic diseases. She visited leading centres in Switzerland, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each country had a different approach and a variety of techniques.

After Sophie’s return these approaches were added to both the foundation and advanced levels of training courses by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. These courses have had excellent feedback over many years and they allow physiotherapists all over Australia to provide the best care possible for their patients.

As many Churchill Fellows have discovered, contacts in their field abroad are just as interested in Australian methods as we are in theirs. Since returning to Australia, Sophie has been involved in an international collaboration of Aquatic Physiotherapists through Aquatic Physiotherapy International, including sharing resources and offering advice to aquatic physiotherapy services overseas. Sophie was recently involved in contributing to guidelines for safe and effective aquatic therapy practice in India and setting up a new hydrotherapy service in Singapore.

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