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Dr Matthew Cotchett Lecturer, Podiatry, Podiatry

Matthew is a Lecturer and early career researcher in the La Trobe Rural Health School at La Trobe University. In addition, Matthew works as a Podiatrist in private practice with an interest in the assessment and management of exercise-induced musculoskeletal disorders. Matthew has a particular interest in the management of pain beneath the heel and completed a PhD which evaluated the effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain. He regularly teaches dry needling courses to podiatrists across Victoria. Matthew's research interest is in the psychosocial aspects of musculoskeletal pain, with a particular focus on cognitive, affective and behavioural factors as drivers of pain and disability. In addition, Matthew is leading a project to improve knowledge translation and treatment of people with plantar heel pain. Matthew is currently supervising three Master of Applied Science (Research) students at La Trobe University with topics including Research culture in allied health; Frailty in older community dwelling persons, and The conservative management of osteoarthritis in the foot.


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