Dr Elise Gane

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
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Dr Elise Gane graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours Class I) and a University Medal for academic achievement from The University of Queensland in 2008. She was employed as a New Graduate Physiotherapist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2009, where she continued to work clinically until 2013. In 2014, Elise commenced her PhD with The University of Queensland with Dr Shaun O'Leary as Principal Advisor. Elise's PhD was focussed on measuring the musculoskeletal side effects at the neck and shoulder that result from neck dissection surgery for head and neck cancer. Following the awarding of her PhD in early 2018, Elise was employed as a post doctoral researcher at the RECOVER Injury Research Centre within The University of Queensland. In January 2019, Elise commenced the role of Physiotherapy Conjoint Research Fellow between the School of Health and Rehabiltiation Sciences (UQ) and the Princess Alexandra Hospital Physiotherapy Department. In this role, Elise mentors physiotherapists in health service-based research (both qualitative and quantitative) whilst also pursuing her own research interests, including a telehealth cancer exercise program. She teaches a research course in systematic review methodology to students in the Physiotherapy Graduate Entry Masters program.

Elise's areas of research interest include oncology rehabiltiation, lymphoedema, chronic disease, physical activity (particularly in rehabilitation settings, chronic disease, or the workplace), and musculoskeletal health.

Elise is an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), and formerly was the National Chair for the Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema Group within the APA (2018-2021).

Within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Elise is a member of three Research and Engagement Themes:

  • Neurorehabilitation and Ageing
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Professional Education

Research Interests

  • Neck and shoulder function after neck dissection surgery for head and neck cancer
  • Return to work after cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Cancer-related lymphoedema
  • Peripheral neuropathy in clients with diabetes or multiple sclerosis
  • Return to work after injury
  • Physical activity following acquired brain injury
  • Physiotherapy services in public hospitals

Research Impacts

Dr Gane's PhD research informed several pieces of work conducted by the Queensland Health Head and Neck Cancer Physiotherapy Working Group, of which Dr Gane was a member. The group produced a patient information booklet and standardised assessment forms for use across Queensland Health by physiotherapists working with patients with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), The University of Queensland


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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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