qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work
contribution: Study conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting of manuscript
position: Senior Social Worker
Bachelor of Social Work Rural Generalist Social Worker.
qualifications: Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sport Physiotherapy
contribution: Study conception and design, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting of manuscript
position: Senior Physiotherapist
Darren has been a senior clinician, team leader and researcher at the Gold Coast Persistent Pain Centre since 2011. He is a Australian Physiotherapy Association titled Pain Physiotherapist. Along with pain neuroscience and its clinical applications he has a keen interest in innovative health management solutions using technology.
contribution: Study conception and design, Analysis and interpretation of data, Critical revision
Professor Ward is the Professor of the Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR) in Queensland Health, and Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland. As a leading international researcher with over 250 publications, her primary interest is in improving swallowing and voice/communication outcomes for patients undergoing Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) management. In the past two decades, Prof Ward has been part of national/international multidisciplinary teams that have achieved many enhancements in clinical through: improved understanding of the side effects of HNC treatment; implementing a range of telepractice models to enhance patient services and support; revealing greater insights into patient and carer survivorship needs, and; enhanced rehabilitation options for patients with dysphagia.