Who we are

DiTA is produced by the PEDro Partnership. The PEDro Partnership was established in 1999 by a small group of clinical and academic physiotherapists. The PEDro Partnership is based at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at The University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District.The PEDro Partnership’s mission is to maximise the effectiveness of physiotherapy services by facilitating the clinical application of the best available evidence. The PEDro Partnership believes that “effective physiotherapy is people-centred, prevention-focused, safe and technically proficient, based on the best evidence available, and managed efficiently”.

DiTA is overseen by a sub-committee of the PEDro Partnership that is comprised of four people:

Professor Robert Herbert

Neuroscience Research Australia

PhD, MAppSc(ExSpSc), BAppSc(Physiother)

Rob is Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). He conducts clinical trials investigating the effects of physiotherapy interventions. He also conducts a program of research investigating the passive mechanical properties of muscles. He is one of the founders of PEDro and DiTA.

Professor Mark Hancock

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University

PhD, MAppSc(Research), BAppSc(Physiother)

Mark is Professor of Physiotherapy in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. His research focuses on the diagnosis and management of back pain. He is one of the founders of DiTA.

Mr Mark Kaizik

Bend + Mend

MHSc(Manip Physio), BAppSc(Physiother)

Mark is a partner and private practice physiotherapist at Bend + Mend in Sydney’s central business district. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies at the School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW). His research is on diagnostic tests used by physiotherapists. He is one of the founders of DiTA.

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