RECOVER Breakfast: Digital technology to assist people with pain

23 May 2022

Have you ever wondered how and when to use technology in clinical practice? 

Hear three leading digital technology researchers present their work on how digital technology is changing the landscape of healthcare and how technologies such as wearable sensors, telehealth, mHealth apps and others can be used to improve healthcare delivery to people in pain.

RECOVER Injury Research Centre hosted a free breakfast in the iconic Customs House, Brisbane City on Friday 13th May, 2022. Watch the video of the talks and the panel discussion here:



Dr Sjaan Gomersall - Wearable sensors in clinical practice: Who, what, when?

Sjaan Gomersall is a Senior Research Fellow with The Queensland Health and Wellbeing Research Innovation Lab at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, at The University of Queensland. Sjaan is a physiotherapist, with a PhD in physical activity and health and her research has primarily focused on understanding, measuring and influencing physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She has demonstrated skills in a range of study designs, including development and validation of measurement methods, systematic review and meta-analyses, feasibility and acceptability trials, randomised controlled trials and cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of large data sets. She has developed and evaluated several methods of measuring physical activity, including both consumer and research device-based methods as well as self-report methods using a use of time approach. Sjaan has assessed physical activity and developed and evaluated physical activity interventions across a broad range of populations and settings including physically inactive adults, working adults (shift workers and truck drivers), adults living with and beyond cancer, adults with chronic disease (cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, metabolic syndrome), adults with overweight or obesity, adult wheelchair users, children with chronic respiratory disease and children with obesity. She has a strong track record for multi-disciplinary collaborations with national and international collaborators in health and rehabilitation sciences, public health, clinical exercise physiologists, exercise science and nutrition. Sjaan is a passionate advocate for physical activity and is committed to striving for translation of evidence into clinical practice in healthcare settings.

Patrick Swete Kelly - Realistic or a pipe dream? Videoconferencing in clinical service delivery.

Pat is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and works in private practice at Performance Rehab at Annerley and as in an advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy role as a Clinical Leader within the Orthopeadic and Neurosurgery Screening Clinics at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. At the RBWH he also coordinates and delivers the year-long statewide Extension Education Program to prepare Physiotherapists to undertake Clinical Leader roles. He has an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the University of Queensland and teaches on the Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy program. Currently he is a member of the national Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy working party developing a national standard of competencies. Clinically he has a specific interest in spinal and shoulder problems. 


Dr Megan Ross - Mobile APPs for the monitoring of pain.

Megan is a postdoctoral fellow at RECOVER Injury Research Centre, The University of Queensland. She is part of a research team which focuses on developing more effective and efficient health services supported by technology innovation. Megan’s current research projects include exploring consumer perspectives of the telerehabilitation service delivery model, the impact of rapid transitions to telerehabilitation in the clinical education and hospital environments and exploring the acceptability and usability of a gamified mobile application for exercise prescription adherence.