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. 2016 PhD, University of Queensland Awards Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (2010) Best Paper: ACT Australian Physiotherapy Association Research Sympsoium (2014) Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Health, UC (2014) Best Allied Health Oral Presentation : Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (2014) Best Allied Health Oral Presentation : Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (2015) Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Health, UC (2015) Winner: UC Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career Academic)(2015) People's Choice Award: UC 'Pitch for Funds' Competition (2015) Best Allied Health Oral Presentation : Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (2016) Australian Physiotherapy Association Prize for most proficient graduate in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) course, University of Sydney 2000 APA ACT Research Symposium 2006: Inspiratory muscle training in ventilated patients: a case study (Best long paper) Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting 2011: Inspiratory muscle training is safe in ventilated patients: a case series (Best Clinical Oral Presentation)
Cardiothoracic Interventions 1 & 2 (Bachelor and Masters of Physiotherapy students) Health Professional Practice (Bachelor of Physiotherapy students) 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. Open Access publication funding, Health Research Institute UC (2016): $3900 'Fatigue resistance index: what is normal in healthy populations?': Faculty of Health UC (2015) $925 CHARM Professional Development Grant (2016): $500 CHARM Professional Development Grant (2015): $500 CHARM Professional Development Grant (2014): $500 'Acute Care Index of Function' Reliability and Validity study: ACT Chief Allied Health Office Research Support Grant (2015): $4940 'Long term follow up of ICU patients': ACT Chief Allied Health Office Research Support Grant (2014): $4996 'Inspiratory muscle training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation pilot feasibility study': ACT Chief Allied Health Office Research Support Grant (2014): $4954 2008: TCH Auxilliary Grant for Research - $5000 2010: Canberra Hospital Private Practice Fund - $48 020
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