The Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) supports the physiotherapy profession by promoting, encouraging and supporting research that advances physiotherapy knowledge and practice.
The PRF aims to:
Boost the careers of new researchers through our seeding grants
Support research in key areas through our tagged grants
Encourage academic excellence through our university prizes
Why support physiotherapy research?
From management of lower back pain to stroke rehabilitation, advances in the treatment of physical conditions are largely informed by research. Clinical trials produce a scientific evidence base which enables practicing physiotherapists to adopt the latest, safest and most effective techniques when providing care and treatment. In order for continual progress and improvement in physiotherapy practice, it’s crucial that physiotherapy research receives ongoing funding and support.
Evidence for the efficacy of physiotherapy also plays a large role when advocating and lobbying for the profession to governments, industry and the general public.
Physiotherapists have been increasingly successful in obtaining grants from National Competitive Grant schemes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council , however there are few grant schemes available specifically for physiotherapy research. As the field of physiotherapy research is established in academia, the PRF is providing much needed support for early career researchers, helping them to make on ongoing contribution to physiotherapy knowledge throughout their careers.