Dr Rachel Toovey (PhD, MPHTM, BPhysio(Hons)) is a lecturer with the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of expertise are paediatrics, rehabilitation, disability, motor learning, inclusive participation, health equity and Indigenous health.
Rachel graduated from her PhD through the University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in December 2019. Her thesis developed and tested the effectiveness of a novel task-specific approach to training two-wheel bike skills in children with cerebral palsy. Rachel has published in international peer-reviewed journals, has presented at international conferences and has been invited to deliver courses on her work in cerebral palsy and paediatric motor skills. She has skills and experience with conducting systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and qualitative research. Rachel has won several grants and awards including a Physiotherapy Research Foundation Seeding Grant and Best Paper award at the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine conference in 2018. Rachel teaches into the postgraduate level Doctor of Physiotherapy and Master of Rehabilitation Science and has worked as a physiotherapist across metropolitan and remote Australia as well as in Papua New Guinea for over 10 years. She is an elected Victorian Branch Councillor for the Australian Physiotherapy Association and a national level para-cycling classifier with Paralympics Australia. Rachel is a committee member for the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and was selected for the Inaugural Victorian Government Joan Kirner Young + Emerging Women's Leaders Program in 2017/18.
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Training Two-Wheel Bike Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Practice Survey of Thera..
Understanding Pathways And Access To Gymnastics Victoria Programs For Children With Disabi..
Health professionals' experiences and barriers encountered when implementing hip surveilla..
Psychometric properties of gross motor assessment tools for children: a systematic review
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More than an X-ray: Experiences and perspectives of parents of children with cerebral palsy when engaging in hip surveillance
Rachel Toovey, Kate L Willoughby, Jan M Hodgson, H Kerr Graham, Dinah S Reddihough
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
AIM: We explored the experiences of parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP) when engaging in hip surveillance for their child..
Training Two-Wheel Bike Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Practice Survey of Therapists in Australia
Rachel Toovey, Alicia J Spittle, Anna Nicolaou, Jennifer L McGinley, Adrienne R Harvey
Journal article | 2019 | Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics
AIM: To describe current practices of physiotherapists and occupational therapists when training two-wheel bike skills in children..
Lecturer In Physiotherapy
Member Of The International Alliance Of The Academies Of Childhood Disability And Committee Member For The Communications Committee
International Alliance of the Academies of Childhood Disability
Member Of The Australasian Academy Of Cerebral Palsy And Developmental Medicine And Committee Member For The International Alliances Portfolio
Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Member Of The Australian Physiotherapy Association (Including National Group) And Elected Victorian Branch Councillor
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
James Cook University of North Queensland
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
University of Melbourne