Dr Elise Gane

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 32680


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 worked as a physiotherapist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (2009-2013), a quaternary public hospital, treating complex patients across the continuum of care from Intensive Care and post-surgical wards to inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient services. In 2014, Elise commenced her PhD with The University of Queensland, 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 (UQ) exploring return to work and social roles after road traffic crash. Since January 2019, Elise has fulfilled 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 codesign, implementation science, allied health led-models of care, oncology rehabiltiation, lymphoedema, chronic disease, physical activity (particularly in rehabilitation settings, chronic disease, or the workplace), and musculoskeletal health.

Research Interests

  • Health services research and models of care
  • Co-design and implementation science
  • Cancer survivorship and rehabilitation
  • Systematic review methodology
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Musculoskeletal health

Research Impacts

Projects that Elise has led or collaborated on that have had an impact on clinical care at PA Hospital +/- other Qld Health facilities:

  • Implementation of a telehealth supervised exercise progarm for people with cancer
  • Evaluations of clinical services including physiotherapy Intensive Care outreach, allied health-led management of temporomandibular disorders, and physical activity adjuncts to inpatient rehabilitation
  • Creation of resources to support physiotherapy clinical educators when supervising students on clinical placement, specifically to learn clinical documentation skills, and to support student mental health and wellbeing
  • Implementation of a cognitive aid to facilitate multidisciplinary communication in the management of patients with acute cervical spinal cord injuries in Intensive Care


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


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Elise Gane is not currently available to take on new students.

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