Projects per year
Dr Bernie Bissett is a Canberra-based physiotherapist who has specialised in physiotherapy for intensive care and acutely unwell patients. Bernie has more than 20 years' experience working in Sydney, London and Canberra. Bernie is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at University of Canberra, while she still maintains a visiting academic role with Canberra Health Services.
In 2016 Bernie completed her PhD under the supervision of Assoc Professor Jenny Paratz, Assoc Professor Robert Boots and Dr Anne Leditschke. Bernie's PhD work focused on the use of inspiratory muscle training to enhance recovery from mechanical ventilation in adult intensive care patients. Bernie's research work has included both randomised clinical trials and observational studies exploring interventions such as inspiratory muscle training and early mobilisation in ICU, as well we outcome measures for physical function in this population. More recently Bernie is leading research about COVID-19 recovery at the University of Canberra Hospital.
Bernie supervises both Honours and PhD students, and her ongoing research interests are focused on improving recovery and quality of life for adult ICU patients and those with COVID-19.
In 2016 Bernie was awarded the UC Faculty of Health Research Impact Prize, and was nominated for the ACT Scientist of the Year Award. In 2020 Bernie was awarded the Faculty of Health prize for outstanding research supervision, and in 2022 won the Faculty Rapid Fire Research prize.
Bernie is passionate about collaborating with clinicians to answer patient-centred research questions that will improve patient care around the world. Bernie is also highly enthusiastic about research communication, and provides training and coaching in pitching skills to clinicians and academics across the Canberra region.
Bernie is grateful to have her research funded through the Canberra Health Services private practice fund, as well as the Australian Physiotherapy Association Jill Nosworthy grant.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
- 1 Similar Profiles
Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years
Dive into details
Select a country/territory to view shared publications and projects
Inspire Beyond ICU: Inspiratory muscle training to enhance recovery from mechanical ventilation (Multicentre RCT)
Bissett, B. & Nickels, M.
9/06/23 → 31/12/24
Exercise Physiology in COVID recovery: exploring the feasibility and safety of graded exercise therapy in a COVID-Recovery Clinic
1/02/23 → 31/12/23
Preoperative inspiratory muscle training to improve pulmonary outcomes following urgent cardiac surgery: a feasibility study
Bissett, B., Gurunathan, U., Tronstad, O. & Naidoo, R.
Bissett, B., Nickels, M., Erwin, K., McMurray, G., Strong, M., Krishnan, A. & van Haren, F. M. P.
The feasibility and patient-acceptability of a novel multidisciplinary COVID-19 Recovery Service in the ACT.
1/06/22 → 31/05/23
Compression Therapy Is Cost-Saving in the Prevention of Lower Limb Recurrent Cellulitis in Patients with Chronic EdemaWebb, E., Bissett, B., Neeman, T., Bowden, F., Preston, E. & Mumford, V., 1 Apr 2023, In: Lymphatic Research and Biology. 21, 2, p. 160-168 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Does mechanical threshold inspiratory muscle training promote recovery and improve outcomes in patients who are ventilator-dependent in the intensive care unit? The IMPROVE randomised trialBissett, B. M., Leditschke, A., Neeman, T., Green, M., Marzano, V., Erwin, K., van Haren, F. M., Boots, R. & Paratz, J., Jul 2023, In: Australian Critical Care. 36, 4, p. 613-621 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Dyspnoea in COVID-19 recovery beyond the intensive care unit: the potential impact of inspiratory muscle weaknessBissett, B., 1 Jan 2023, In: ERJ Open Research. 9, 1, p. 1-3 3 p., 00521-2022.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Feasibility, safety, and patient acceptability of electronic inspiratory muscle training in patients who require prolonged mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit: a dual-centre observational studyNickels, M., Erwin, K., McMurray, G., Talbot, R., Strong, M., Krishnan, A., van Haren, F. M. P. & Bissett, B., 14 Jun 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Australian Critical Care. p. 1-7 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)
Weaning from mechanical ventilation in intensive care units across 50 countries (WEAN SAFE) : a multicentre, prospective, observational cohort studyWEAN SAFE authors, Pham, T., Heunks, L., Bellani, G., Madotto, F., Aragao, I., Beduneau, G., Goligher, E. C., Grasselli, G., Laake, J. H., Mancebo, J., Peñuelas, O., Piquilloud, L., Pesenti, A., Wunsch, H., Van Haren, F., Brochard, L., Laffey, J. G. & Bissett, B., May 2023, In: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 11, 5, p. 465-476 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review