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Prof. Sue Gordon

Professor, School of Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Aged Care

Professor Gordon's clinical research and supervision is foccussed on the development of diagnostic and clinical pathways,


Sue Gordon worked as a physiotherapy clinician in metropolitan and rural South Australia until 2006 when she moved to James Cook University. Sue contributed to the development of the curriculum for a new physiotherapy program and is currently head of the physiotherapy discipline.Her rural and remote clinical experience has resulted in research collaborations across organisations and across the nation regarding preparation of graduates for practice.Her clinical research and supervision is foccussed on the development of diagnostic and clinical pathways, and the application and evaluation of new tools to support to improve diagnostic and clinical pathways. She is currently conducting and supervising reserach about subacromial impingment, chronic low back, running injuries and hetertopic ossification.Sue is the research advisor to the Australasian Lymphology Association and is actively involved in research regarding secondary lymphoedema after breast and urogenital cancers, and related to lymphatic filariasis. As a member of the James Cook University, World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for Lymphatic Filariasis and Soil Helminths she has developed research collaborations in Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh.


Flinders leads positive change in aged care
Flinders University

October 09, 2015

The newly appointed South Australian Chair of Restorative Care, Flinders University Strategic Professor Susan Gordon, is committed to transforming South Australia into a state that is at the forefront of active, healthy ageing and wellness...

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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) as a treatment for recurrent neurogenic heterotopic ossification (NHO)
Brain Injury

2013Primary Objective: To describe the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on neurogenic heterotopic ossification (NHO). Research design: A single case study was considered the most appropriate methodology in this situation. Methods and procedures: ...

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Your pillow may not guarantee a good night's sleep or symptom-free waking
Physiotherapy Canada

2011Purpose: To describe the performance of the pillow that participants usually slept on with respect to retiring and waking cervico-thoracic symptoms, pillow comfort, and sleep quality. Methods: Participants (n= 106) were systematically recruited for a field trial ...

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Pillow use: the behavior of cervical stiffness, headache and scapular/arm pain
Journal of Pain Research

2010Pillows are intended to support the head and neck in a neutral position to minimize biomechanical stresses on cervical structures whilst sleeping. Biomechanical stresses are associated with waking cervical symptoms. This paper adds to the scant body ...

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Pillow use: the behaviour of cervical pain, sleep quality and pillow comfort in side sleepers
Manual Therapy

2009A random allocation single blind block design pillow field study was undertaken to investigate the behaviour of cervico-thoracic spine pain in relation to pillow use. Participants (N= 106) who reported preference for side sleep position with one pillow were recruited ...

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Understanding sleep quality and waking cervico-thoracic symptoms
Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice

2007Using data from an epidemiological study described elsewhere (Gordon et al 2002 & 2007), multivariate logistic regression models were constructed to explore the association between sleep position, factors related to sleep quality, and the prevalence of waking ...

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Area of Expertise

Care Continuum

Clinical Health

Clinical Sciences

Health and Support Services

Human Movement and Sports Science


Public Health

Public Health and Health Services




Health and Wellness

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