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Professor Nora Shields Professor, Physiotherapy

Nora Shields is a research physiotherapist who aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disability by increasing their participation in exercise and physical activity. She established the innovative, evidence-based FitSkills program in Melbourne in 2014 that facilitates young people with disability to exercise with a student mentor at their local gym. She currently leads a research translation project funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership grant to further develop FitSkills in collaboration with seven community partner organisations.

Nora has considerable experience in managing clinical trials. She has led randomised controlled trials investigating the effects of a community based strength training program for youth with Down syndrome and the effects of providing an extra day of allied health therapy for people receiving inpatient rehabilitation. She was a chief investigator on NHMRC funded collaborative research translation projects involving five health services across four Australian states aimed at increasing the uptake of evidence based practice among clinicians working with children with cerebral palsy.

Nora has a strong track record in research publications, community engagement, and research higher degrees student supervision. She has received a number of awards including the Community Research Prize from the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. She was a director on the board of Disability Sport and Recreation (2011-2013).


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