Primary Research

iCAHE is actively involved in the production of Primary Research for industry. Below are our primary research projects by year. 


Ongoing Reseach - Adolescent Musculoskeletal Health

Researchers in the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) have explored adolescent spinal and musculoskeletal health over the last 15 years in Adelaide, and in the last decade, they have worked with researchers at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, on laboratory-based research into the same topic. A number of useful resources has resulted, which can be used by teachers, parents and students, policy makers and the broader community.

The following section reports on a list of resources and publications produced from this research. 

Ongoing Research - Functional Decline

The research group at the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) have a 15 year collaborative history of aged care research, longitudinal epidemiological studies and cross-sector research into discharge planning quality (engaging tertiary, sub-acute and primary sectors). With extensive experience in research into quality care, evidence-based practice implementation and policy development, and networks that include Australian health policy experts and local healthcare networks to bring evidence translation experience across the healthcare sector. Our findings will underpin future research into timely and appropriate community-based interventions to arrest or slow the progress of early FD, before the changes become irreversible. Not only will this reduce high (and avoidable) tertiary healthcare costs, but it will enrich communities by having healthier, higher-functioning older people contributing to community life, for longer.

The following section reports on a list of resources and publications produced from this research. 


Report on Extended Scope of Physiotherapy Practice initiative in the Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital: Workload and Efficiency. Prepared for ACT Health

Extension of Scope of practice in allied health is an emerging workforce initiative in Australia, where new roles of practice are defined by the Australian Physiotherapy Association as: ‘outside the currently recognised scope of practice and requires legislative change. Extended scope of practice requires some method of credentialing following additional training, competency development and significant clinical experience. Examples include prescribing, injecting and surgery. This role describes the breadth of practice’. Extension of scope of practice in physiotherapy has been piloted at Canberra Hospital, ACT Health Directorate since 2010, as a way of:

  1. Establishing a formal skills escalator process for allied health
  2. Developing a highly skilled and credentialed extended-scope workforce in allied health which can provide mentoring and quality practice models for other allied health practitioners working within competency
  3. Providing practical formally-recognised examples of workforce redesign, and
  4. Relieving doctors of the management of more routine cases, in circumstances where there is a long waiting list of patients, so that patient care is not compromised (and is in fact enhanced) and doctors can focus on more complex cases.

This report described on a physiotherapy pilot program within the Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital.