|Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Honoured Member Robert Elvey passed away on 17 April 2013 after a period of illness.
Bob pioneered the development and refinement of the clinical examination and management of neural tissue pain disorders, his work subsequently inspiring other physiotherapists to engage in further research in this field. He disseminated the findings derived from his clinical work to the physiotherapy profession and the wider medical community through numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and keynote presentations at many national and international conferences.
He will be greatly missed by the Australian physiotherapy community.
- In 1984 Bob was appointed President of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT, which is now called the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists), a position he held until 1992. In recognition of his service, he was awarded life membership of IFOMT in 2000.
- From 1990, he taught in and coordinated the postgraduate musculoskeletal program at Curtin University, Western Australia. His efforts in developing and expanding the program raised the standard of postgraduate musculoskeletal education and its international reputation. Bob’s profile and standing resulted in invitations to conduct manual therapy postgraduate short courses and workshops around the world.
- In 1997 Bob was awarded life membership of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, of which he was chairman from 1984 to 1992. Bob also sat on the advisory board for both the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and Manual Therapy.
- In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.
- In 2011 Bob was awarded an APA Honoured Membership.