Groundbreaking research has potential to transform physiotherapy practices in Australia.

Jun 12 2023

physiotherapy, pain, chronic pain, patient led research, co-led research, end-user research

Connor Gleadhill, a senior physiotherapist and HMRI researcher with the Population Health Research Program has achieved a significant milestone in his research journey. The article titled ‘Meaningful coproduction with clinicians: establishing a practice-based research network with physiotherapists in regional Australia’ has been published in the Health Research Policy and Systems Journal. 

Connor Gleadhill, a highly experienced physiotherapist, along with his dedicated team, has conducted groundbreaking research that is transforming the landscape of physiotherapy practices in regional Australia. Their research, focused on end-user led approaches, has garnered attention and recognition within the healthcare community. 

With a decade of clinical experience, Connor Gleadhill has been an integral part of a vibrant and active community of physiotherapists.  

Reflecting on their recent publication, Connor highlights the motivation behind their work. 

“This research demonstrates a desire to improve the care provided for patients. We’re committed to doing research differently,” he said. “That’s been a driving force behind my work and pursuit of a PhD. I’d be confident to say that my passion, however, is shared by many healthcare providers in the network.” 

Connor emphasises the importance of patient involvement and end-user-led research.  

"Research done with patients, rather than on patients, is crucial. There is a moral imperative to involve patients in the research process. But this way of doing research also leads to more useful and meaningful outcomes while also optimizing the use of resources," he said. 

The team's approach has witnessed a remarkable demand for patient involvement, showcasing the significance of including end users' voices.  

Looking ahead, Connor aspires to see more end-user-led research and a shift in traditional research practices. He emphasizes the need for clinicians to connect and collaborate more effectively, particularly in primary clinical care, where the competition between private clinics often leads to isolation.  

Establishing learning networks and fostering a community of practice can address these challenges and benefit clinical practice. 

While there are challenges in embracing a patient-centered approach, the benefits are great. 

"It takes longer, and meaningfully listening to people and incorporating their perspectives can be tough. However, appreciating the value of this approach is essential for driving meaningful change in healthcare," said Connor. 

The groundbreaking research conducted by Connor Gleadhill and his team has garnered widespread recognition. Their commitment to end-user involvement and transformative practices is reshaping the physiotherapy landscape in regional Australia. 

About Connor Gleadhill: 

Connor Gleadhill is a senior physiotherapist with high-level experience working with injured athletes and managing complex musculoskeletal pain. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2012, receiving Honours and a Health Faculty Medal. Currently a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Connor's research focuses on improving patient outcomes and care value for individuals with musculoskeletal pain and chronic health conditions.