Assoc Professor Liisa Laakso

Assoc Professor Liisa Laakso1991 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Menzies Memorial Scholars Association:
Secretary/Treasurer 2009-2011, President 2011-2013
BPhty (Hons), PhD, GradCertHlthMgmnt (QH)

Other awards and achievements
Australian Physiotherapy Association (Qld Branch) Award for Contribution to Physiotherapy Research – 2001

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University.

Career history/highlights:
1981: Graduated BPhty (1st Class Honours) from The University of Queensland.
Worked in a number of clinical positions in hospitals and private practices throughout 1980-90s (including Physiotherapist / Senior Physiotherapist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospitals – 1982-85 and 1988-2002; and St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney – 1986-87).
1991 Menzies Memorial Scholar (Allied Health): Funded PhD studies to completion in 1992/93.
Graduated with PhD in 1995 in field of physiotherapy (chronic pain and laser therapy).
Graduated with Graduate Certificate in Management (QH) from Queensland University of Technology in 1999.
1999-2002: Clinical Lecturer (conjoint appointment between The University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane Hospital).
2002-present: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor at Griffith University (Gold Coast campus).


Professional affiliations
Director, Board of Australian Physiotherapy Association
President-elect, World Association for Laser Therapy
Vice-President, Australian Medical Laser Association
Fellow, American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery
Member, Board of World Confederation of Physical Therapy International Society for Electrophysical Agents in Physical Therapy

Areas of Professional Interest
eHealth technologies for prevention and management of chronic disease
Physiotherapy professional issues e.g., education research
Palliative and cancer care
Laser therapy (and other electromagnetic radiations)

I enjoy watching all sports, play lawn bowls and paint with oils when I have spare time.
Apr 2006