Dr Dilani Mendis - Faculty of Health Sciences (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor
I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at the Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research. I completed my PhD in 2012 at The University of Queensland in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. My thesis studies investigated hip flexor muscle morphology and function in response to reduced activity (prolonged bed rest), increased activity (professional football), and joint pathology (acetabular labral tears). I completed my Honours in the area of Aging/Neurological Rehabilitation in my Bachelor of Physiotherapy (UQ). Prior to this, I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in biochemistry and physiology at UQ. Clinically, I have worked in hospital and private practice settings in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy in Brisbane and Sydney. I still work on a casual basis providing musculoskeletal physiotherapy services at the ACU Health Clinic and providing weekend inpatient physiotherapy services in the Intensive Care Unit and Medical/Surgical wards at the Mater Adults Hospital, South Brisbane.
My areas of research interest include: the relationship between hip muscle dysfunction & intra-articular hip joint pathology; lumbopelvic muscle size and function and relationship to lower limb injury in elite athletes; using ultrasound imaging & MRI for clinical and research measurement of muscle size and function.
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