Professor Jennie Scarvell, Associate Dean Research (Acting) University of Canberra – Panel Chair
Jennie graduated from the University of Sydney in 1985 in Physiotherapy. She worked clinically in Sydney, Alberta Canada, and Canberra. Her area of interest was musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with a particular interest in Rheumatology, Juvenile Chronic Arthritis and hydrotherapy.
From 2004-2008 Jennie taught the inaugural Masters of Physiotherapy program at University of Canberra, teaching Musculoskeletal, Paediatric and Community Physiotherapy and she was Clinical Education Coordinator.
Jenny then took up a role as Clinical Research Coordinator at the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit at Canberra Hospital, where she was able to work full time in research.
She returned to University of Canberra in August 2011 as an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline, Physiotherapy, for the development of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree which launched in 2013. Jennie was the inaugural Head of School of Health Sciences, from January 2017, and appointed Acting Associate Dean of Research in November 2017.
Professor Paul Smith, Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon, Orthopaedics ACT
Professor Paul Smith is the Professor of Orthopaedics at the ANU Medical School and specialises in arthroplasty and trauma.
He has practiced in Canberra for over 20 years and is a recognised academic and expert holding positions on the Australian Orthopaedic Association Research Committee and board.
Professor Smith is also the foundation director of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit and chairman of the John James Memorial Trust. He will be speaking about how and why patients are considered for knee arthroplasty and when they are not.
Bjarne Kragh, Principal Physiotherapist, Southside Physiotherapy
Bjarne (BJ) is the Principal physiotherapist at Southside Physiotherapy. He was born and trained in Denmark, and came to Australia in 1994. He worked in various private clinics until taking over as Director of Southside Physiotherapy in Tuggeranong in February 1998. The clinic has steadily grown since then with Bjarne expanding into Woden as a Director of their affiliated clinic Woden Integrated Physiotherapy on 1 July 2010.
Bjarne's areas of professional interest include temporomandibular (jaw) pain, spinal and pelvic dysfunction, treatment of arthritis and chronic pain management. In his spare time, Bjarne has changed his fitness routine from running after a round ball (football), to thoroughly enjoying raising money for charity in long distance bike riding events. He loves his job and sees himself more as a life coach helping clients to optimise their wellbeing. Bjarne will discuss how he manages OA knee and whether it is possible to identify patients who will respond to physiotherapy from those who will not and what to do about it.
Ms Rebecca Davey, CEO Arthritis ACT
Rebecca Davey is the CEO of Arthritis ACT and had worked for many years as an RN working in orthopaedics. She has lived with Arthritis for more than 30 years and knows both personally and professionally the impact Arthritis has on the individual. She will discuss this impact and the way in which the consumer views the personal journey with knee osteoarthritis.