Musicians' Health National Curriculum Initiative

Project Team and Reference Group

Project staff


Our interdisciplinary team is jointly led by the University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney.

Project leaders

Associate Professor Suzanne Wijsman
Academic Project Coordinator, School of Music, University of Western Australia, Suzanne is a highly experienced teacher, researcher and performer. She has initiated a number of teaching and learning and interdisciplinary research projects aimed at improving the health and performance of musicians and music students. She is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, has presented at PAMA symposia, and was formerly on the Executive Committee of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.
Dr Bronwen Ackermann
Academic Content Co-ordinator Academic Content Coordinator, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sydney, Bronwen is Australia’s leading specialist in the area of musicians’ health, injury prevention and treatment. Her practical and theoretical expertise, research in the field of music medicine, and tertiary teaching experience make her uniquely qualified to lead the development and implementation of this curriculum initiative in Australia. She was founding president of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare, is on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Medical Problems of Performing Artists and international liaison officer for the executive board of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.  She is Chief Investigator and team leader for a 5-year ARC Linkage grant focused on the performance health of orchestral musicians, Sound Practice, with all the major Australian orchestras as industry collaborators.

Specialist Content Authors

Paulette Mifsud

Performance Psychology module (specialist performance psychologist and consultant, Mental Potential, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne)

Ian O’Brien

Hearing chapter in The Musicians’ Body module (Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Musicians’ Hearing Services, Brisbane)

Project team

Dr Colleen Canning
Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Physiotherapy, at the University of Sydney. Colleen is a specialist in neuro-physiotherapy recently receiving funding to develop and test the use of an innovative eLearning resource for teaching practical skills.
Associate Professor Goetz Richter
Associate Professor of Violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  Following studies in Hamburg, Munich and Berne, Goetz was appointed Concertmaster of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Goetz holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and has published and presented books and papers on philosophy and music. Goetz brings to the project an important pedagogical perspective.
Sarah Wiin
Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and physiotherapist based at Moveeasy in Perth. Sarah is experienced in helping musicians to recover from performance-related injury and working with performers who wish to improve their quality of movement and awareness.

Reference group

Catherine Grant
Senior Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, member of the executive committee of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare. Catherine has been at the forefront of a national strategy towards healthcare in tertiary music institutions including conference presentations, submitting a proposal towards healthcare implementation endorsed by National Council of Tertiary Music Schools, and pilot initiatives implemented by the Queensland Conservatorium in 2008.
Dr John Hadok
Conjoint Lecturer at James Cook University Medical School and a Senior Medical Officer in Emergency Medicine, Mackay Base Hospital, Queensland; Clinical Director of Mater Immediate Medical Service Mackay; former Director of Clinical Training. John was a co-founder of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare and an Advisory Panel Member.  He is completing a postgraduate qualification in movement medicine with emphasis on the performing arts.
Dr Scott Harrison
Lecturer in Music and Music Education at the Faculty of Education and Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.  Scott has published extensively in the field of music teacher education, health and music, and gender and health.
Sonia Ranelli
Physiotherapist and PhD candidate, School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University, Sonia is investigating hand and upper limb problems in children learning instrumental music and won the 2010 Young Investigator’s Award from the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Dr Anne Smith
With a background in physiotherapy, orthopaedics, biomechanics and biostatistics, Anne is an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) postdoctoral fellow in the School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University and involved in research on playing-related problems in children instrumentalists.
Professor Leon Straker
Professor Straker is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University. He has a broad range of research interests and experience in occupational health, ergonomics and children’s health, including children instrumentalists.
Professor Belinda Tynan
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Quality), University of Southern Queensland. Belinda has a teaching and research background in the area of distance learning, music education, academic development and models of research collaboration.
Graham Wood
Program Director (Music) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University. Graham received his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2012 undertaking research on performance wellness of jazz musicians. He has conducted classes and presented papers on his research at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s annual symposia, USA.

Other Project Contributors


  • Jonathan Knispel, Web Programmer (VRShed, Perth)
  • Caine Chennatt, Project Officer (Multi-Media Centre, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (The University of Western Australia)
  • Nicholas Owen, video editor, Multi-Media Centre, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (The University of Western Australia)
  • Mitchell Chiappalone, video editor, Multi-Media Centre, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (The University of Western Australia)
  • Adem Kerimofski, video editor, Multi-Media Centre, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (The University of Western Australia)
  • Clifton Chan, PhD candidate (Discipline of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sydney) and Pilates instructor
  • Michael Ingle, MMus candidate (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney)
  • Anna Connolly, Senior Lecturer in Voice, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne and certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner
  • Ann Shoebridge, Alexander Technique Practitioner, Melbourne
  • David Petersen, Physiotherapist, Sydney
  • Mark Seton, Lecturer and researcher (Australian Film, Television and Radio School)
 

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