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Bissett, Mrs Bernie

Assistant Professor, Physiotherapy
Faculty of Health
University of Canberra


Bernie is a practicing clinical physiotherapist with a passion for intensive care physiotherapy. Since graduating in 2000 from University of Sydney, Bernie has spent her clinical career in the acute hospital setting, both in Australia and the UK. With a particular interest in intensive care and evidence-based practice, Bernie is actively involved in research in ICU at Canberra Hospital. Bernie is also exploring novel approaches to simulation and technology in physiotherapy training and is excited about the future of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy in Australia. 

Research Interest

Bernie completed her PhD (University of Queensland) examining the effect of inspiratory muscle training on outcomes for ventilated patients. Other research areas include early mobilisation of intensive care patients, lung ultrasound for physiotherapists, developing supervisory skills in clinicians, simulation and technology in physiotherapy training and the importance of workplace culture.


  • Bissett B, Green M, Marzano V, Byrne S, Leditschke IA, Neeman T, Boots R, Paratz J (2015). Reliability and utility of the Acute Care Index of Function in intensive care patients: An observational study. Heart and Lung 45(1):10-14.

  • Green M, Marzano V, Leditschke IA, Mitchell I, Bissett B (2016). Mobilisation of intensive care patients: a multidisciplinary practical guide for clinicians. Journal of Multidisciplinary Health Care 9: 247-256.

  • Bissett B, Leditschke IA, Neeman T, Boots R, Paratz J (2016). Inspiratory muscle training to enhance recovery from mechanical ventilation: a randomised trial. Thorax doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208279

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