Vanesa is a lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy, who joined the CQUniversity Physiotherapy team in September, 2017. Her background as a Physiotherapist working in Rehabilitation settings in Argentina and Australia allows her to have a broad understanding of the clinical challenges and patient's needs in different parts of the world. She has been specialising in developing better physiotherapy interventions to people with stroke and spinal cord injury. She undertook a Masters of Applied Science at The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia in 2013 and complete her PhD studies at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia in 2017. Her PhD thesis was entitled "Effects of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation muscle training intervention on muscle force and mass, physical health and quality of life in people with spinal cord injury". She has successfully published three of her PhD chapters into three publications at BMC Neurology and Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE) Journal.
Vanesa's enthusiasm and passion in her work is her most valuable asset. She enjoys teaching Physiotherapy students how to become good health professionals. She encourages students to have a critical thinking using evidence-based clinical management implementing the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework. She is also invested in providing students the support they need to excel their capacities and potentials and allow them to become excellent and dedicated health professionals.
University of Buenos Aires
The University of Sydney
Edith Cowan University
The University of Sydney
Edith Cowan University
Australia Award Scholarship (former AusAid): Master of Applied Science. The University of Sydney
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) Neuromoves PhD Scholarship. Edith Cowan University.
Neurotrauma Research Program. Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Western Australia)-Travel grant to attend ISCoS Scientific Annual Meeting, Vienna, 2016
- Featured in TV (7Newsand WIN news nationally and locally) and written interviews (Spinal Network), newspaper (The Morning Bulletin) and media releases from Edith Cowan Universityin Perth, WA and CQUniversityin Rockhampton, QLD (CQUni news)
- Participation in community events promoting the role of Neurological Physiotherapy for high-school students during “University Day for Year 12 students”
Edith Cowan University (2014-2016): Anatomy. Clinical Exercise Physiology: neurological and neuromuscular. Exercise Rehabilitation. Sessional Academic.
Murdoch University (2016): Neuromuscular Rehabilitation. Sessional academic.
- Member of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)
- Member of the Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZCoS)
- Member of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)
i) Unit and course coordination and all required activities related to these coordination roles
ii) Development of curriculum, pedagogy, maintaining currency and further development of teaching materials
and unit/course learning resources for delivery on-campus, by distance, online and at other campuses and
delivery sites, both in Australia and overseas
iii) Delivery to students through lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, teaching intensives, residential schools,
practicums, clinical education and training, work integrated learning, project based learning, performance,
online presentations, research projects, fieldwork and team teaching as required for all approved
CQUniversity units and delivery modes
iv) Effective engagement with students through positive face to face interactions, high standard online delivery
and through professional phone, technology based and email communication
v) Supervision of other academic teaching staff, including fixed-term and casual staff as required at other
vi) Supervision of honours and postgraduate research students
vii) Setting, assessing and grading of all required student work including assignments, quizzes, exams,
portfolios, performances, clinical competency, projects and all other approved assessable items
viii) All required teaching and learning related administration, including preparing unit profiles, setting text books,
formal advice to students, unit grade submission reporting, unit and course enhancement reporting and
internal and external accreditation requirements
ix) Maintaining currency with existing teaching technologies and implementing unit delivery through new
approved teaching and learning technologies and platforms as required
x) Any other teaching and learning duties not listed above which are manifestly teaching and learning duties.
Research related work includes, but is not limited to:
i) developing research ideas and concepts, research themes and specific projects
ii) writing research proposals, grant applications and securing external funding
iii) gaining required ethics, permits or other approvals prior to conducting research related activities
iv) undertaking research projects
v) supervising, mentoring and directing the research activities of other research staff and research students
vi) leading the research activities of a university research centre or institute
vii) publication of research monographs, book chapters and peer reviewed research journal articles
viii) presentation of research outcomes and results to academic peers at significant national and international
ix) acting as an invited reviewer or editor for research publications
x) conducting original and creative performance work
xi) any other research activities not listed above which are manifestly research related activities.
14.8 Scholarship of learning and teaching related work includes, but is not limited to:
i) Any research or other work that directly informs the academic's teaching and curriculum development,
including intramural service.
ii) Keeping abreast of current developments in the discipline field both nationally and internationally, sharing
reflective teaching practice through presentations, publication and research on teaching and learning practice
and theory and leading the introduction of new teaching approaches.
iii) Experimenting with and developing efficient and effective uses of technology for knowledge delivery.
Service and engagement related work, includes but is not limited to:
i) Service to research related activities at the university including assessing grant applications, examining
theses, serving on ethics panels and serving as a member on other approved university research related
committees and panels as required. Service in research also includes all work of a similar nature with other
universities and all research related service with national and international professional discipline based
societies and associations.
ii) Service to teaching and learning development including assessing teaching and learning grant applications,
serving on school, divisional or university education or course committees, contributing to other university
committees such as academic board, and any IT related committee related to teaching and learning delivery
enhancement. Similar service in teaching and learning at a national and international level is also recognised.
iii) Service to the university through engagement with any other approved university committees or designated
key activities such as open days, course and program promotion events.
iv) Any other service by way of significant academic engagement with an industry, discipline or profession at a
local, national or international level.
v) Service in community, government or corporate engagement related to an academic’s area of expertise.
vi) Service to an approved regional engagement or development committee.
vii) Service to improving Indigenous engagement at the university.
viii) Any other service activity including intramural service, not listed above which is manifestly service or
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Associate Supervisor