Dr Phillip Newman

PhD, Master of Sports Physio, Titled Sports Physio, Grad Cert Higher Education, B.App.Sc (Physio)

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

•Dynamic contributions to joint stability in the knee
•Injury Prediction using machine learning methodologies


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Phil graduated from University of Sydney in 1992 with the university prize for clinical excellence. After roles in surgical, ICU, orthopedics, amputee rehabilitation, and outpatient clinics, Phil accepted a role with the Australian Defence Force where he later became department senior and area health manager for injury surveillance and prevention. Roles with local, national, International rugby and cricket, and clinical roles with Olympic squads led to completion of a Master of Sports Physiotherapy in 1999, with 2 academic excellence awards. Phil's leadership and governance skills have developed through service on multiple corporate, academic, professional and community boards. The Sports Injury Clinic he had established in his home became a larger commercial practice. With Phil as founder, director and CEO, the company won more than 500+ government tenders over 8 years and grew to employ 120 allied health and medical staff per annum, nationwide. In 2004 Phil helped establish the first Physiotherapy course in Canberra, now graduating approximately 100 top ranked clinicians per year. Accepting a full-time tenured position at the University of Canberra in 2008, Phil completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Phil's expertise in teaching has been recognised with 4 teaching awards nominated by his peers and students. Eventually having time to complete a PhD in 2017 (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome), Phil is since supervising multiple PhD projects predominantly in sports and military projects. Research interests are in musculoskeletal injury prevention and management, particularly medial tibial stress syndrome,  motor control in anterior cruciate ligament injury, clinical prediction, and spinal pain in military aircrew. These interests and connections internationally have resulted in significant success in research funding (over $3M as bid leader), 2 external research prizes, and commercialisation opportunities. Phil is an experienced international speaker and author of around 50 peer-reviewed papers.

Phil has supervised around 9 PhD and 11 honours students. He currently serves as an elected academic to Faculty Board, is Chair of Faculty Mentoring and Support Committee, and most recently has been elected to the Australian College of Physiotherapists Council, of which he has been a Titled Member for 22 years.

Phil continues to add to his 30+ years as a clinician working at the University Clinic alongside his academic roles as educator, researcher and mentor.

Student Projects Available

  • Neck and Back pain in high performance jet pilots
  • Dynamic contributions to joint stability in the knee
  • Injury Prediction using machine learning methodologies

Related Links

ResearchGate page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Phil_Newman

Research Institute page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/research/institutes/ucrise


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