Physiotherapist Dr Aoife McGarvey has presented the results of a trial to improve referral to physiotherapy and physiotherapy care for head and neck cancer patients at the Australia and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Scientific Meeting in Adelaide.
The multi-centre controlled trial took place at Calvary Mater Newcastle, John Hunter Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital and Liverpool Hospital.
The trial demonstrated significant improvements in the screening of physical issues and referral to physiotherapy where physiotherapists were involved and leading the intervention (the Royal North Shore Hospital site) compared to the control site at Liverpool Hospital.
Dr McGarvey obtained a two-year implantation project grant to conduct the trial through the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance in 2017.
Aoife said, “We are aiming for these results to attract wider funding for a broader translation of this model of enhanced physiotherapy care for head and neck cancer patients in the future”.