Dr Martin Spink

Dr Martin Spink

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Podiatry)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Martin Spink is a Lecturer for the discipline of Podiatry in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. After 15 years in the IT industry as a programmer and project manager, he retrained as a podiatrist and worked in private practice. He completed a PhD in podiatry interventions to prevent falls in older people. His current role involves teaching in all aspects of gerontology and sports podiatry.

Dr. Spink’s research focuses on the assessment of the falls risk and prevention of falls in older people, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pathology. He also currently supervises a number of PhD and Honours students undertaking research in these areas.

Research Expertise
Dr. Spink’s research expertise includes falls risk assessment and falls prevention, musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation and plantar pressure analysis.

Teaching Expertise
Gerontology, especially falls prevention

Musculoskeletal and sports podiatry including musculoskeletal assessment and injury management.

 

Collaborations
Dr Spink is a member of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of East Anglia - UK
  • Bachelor of Podiatry, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Podiatry (Hons), La Trobe University

Keywords

  • Falls and balance
  • Podiatry

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology 30
110318 Podiatry 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Chuter V, Spink M, Searle A, Ho A, 'The effectiveness of shoe insoles for the prevention and treatment of low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 15 1-8 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2474-15-140
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Vivienne Chuter
2013 Menz HB, Spink MJ, Landorf KB, Hill KD, Lord SR, 'Older people's perceptions of a multifaceted podiatric medical intervention to prevent falls', Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 103 457-464 (2013) [C1]

Background: Falls are common in older people and are associated with substantial health-care costs. A recent randomized controlled trial of a multifaceted podiatric medical interv... [more]

Background: Falls are common in older people and are associated with substantial health-care costs. A recent randomized controlled trial of a multifaceted podiatric medical intervention demonstrated a 36% reduction in the fall rate over 12 months. We evaluated the acceptability of and levels of satisfaction with this intervention in the older people who participated in the trial. Methods: Participants allocated to the intervention group (which included a home-based program of foot and ankle exercises, assistance with the purchase of safe footwear when necessary, and provision of prefabricated foot orthoses) completed a structured questionnaire 6 months after they had received the intervention. The questions addressed participants' perceptions of their balance and foot and ankle strength, the perceived difficulty of the exercise program, and the degree of satisfaction with the footwear and orthoses provided. Results: Of 153 participants, 134 (87.6%) attended the 6-month follow-up assessment and completed the questionnaire. Most participants perceived improvements in balance (62.7%) and foot and ankle strength (74.6%) after 6 months of performing the exercises, and 86.6% considered the difficulty level of the exercises to be "about right." Most participants reported that they were somewhat or very satisfied with the footwear (92.3%) and orthoses (81.6%) provided. Conclusions: The multifaceted podiatric medical intervention used in this trial was generally perceived to be beneficial and demonstrated high levels of satisfaction among participants. Further research is now required to evaluate the feasibility of implementing the intervention in a range of clinical practice settings.

Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2013 Landorf KB, Morrow A, Spink MJ, Nash CL, Novak A, Potter J, Menz HB, 'Effectiveness of scalpel debridement for painful plantar calluses in older people: a randomized trial', TRIALS, 14 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1745-6215-14-243
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2012 Menz HB, Spink MJ, 'Visual categorisation of the arch index: a simplified measure of foot posture in older people', Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 5 1-10 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 6
2011 Spink MJ, Fotoohabadi MR, Wee E, Landorf KB, Hill KD, Lord SR, Menz HB, 'Predictors of adherence to a multifaceted podiatry intervention for the prevention of falls in older people', BMC Geriatrics, 11 51-51 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2318-11-51
Citations Scopus - 5
2011 Spink MJ, 'Foot and Ankle Strength, Range of Motion, Posture, and Deformity Are Associated With Balance and Functional Ability in Older Adults', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92 68-75 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 17
2011 Spink MJ, 'Effectiveness of a multifaceted podiatry intervention to prevent falls in community dwelling older people with disabling foot pain: randomised controlled trial', BMJ: British Medical Journal, 342:d3411 1-8 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 33
2011 Cronkwright DG, Spink MJ, Landorf KB, Menz HB, 'Evaluation of the pressure-redistributing properties of prefabricated foot orthoses in older people after at least 12 months of wear', Gait & Posture, 34 553-557 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.07.016
Citations Scopus - 3
2010 Spink MJ, 'Foot and ankle strength assessment using hand-held dynamometry: reliability and age-related differences', Gerontology, 56 525-532 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 21
2010 Menz HB, Fotoohabadi MR, Wee E, Spink MJ, 'Validity of self-assessment of hallux valgus using the Manchester scale', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11 215-215 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2474-11-215
Citations Scopus - 3
2009 Spink MJ, Menz HB, Lord SR, 'Distribution and correlates of plantar hyperkeratotic lesions in older people', Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 2 8-8 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1757-1146-2-8
Citations Scopus - 9
2008 Spink MJ, Menz HB, Lord SR, 'Efficacy of a multifaceted podiatry intervention to improve balance and prevent falls in older people: study protocol for a randomised trial', BMC Geriatrics, 8 30-30 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2318-8-30
Citations Scopus - 12
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Smith J, Evans SM, Williams T, Leib D, Spink M, Chuter V, '3D printing: Customised functional anatomical models of the subtalar joint', ANZACA (Australia and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists) 2013 Conference, St Lucia, QLD (2013)
Co-authors Vivienne Chuter
2013 Lanting S, Craike P, Spink M, Casey S, Chuter V, 'The reliability of non-invasive neurological examinations in people with diabetes', Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1186/1757-1146-6-S1-O6
Co-authors Peta Tehan, Vivienne Chuter
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $7,745

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20152 grants / $2,750

The efficacy of a supervised and a home-based web supported core strengthening program in adults with chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomised controlled trial$2,000

Funding body: Sports Medicine Australia

Funding body Sports Medicine Australia
Project Team Doctor Xanne Janse De Jonge, Mrs Belinda Thompson, Doctor Viv Chuter, Doctor Martin Spink
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401385
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Sports Medicine Australia Conference, Hope Island Australia, 21-24 October 2015$750

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Martin Spink
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500989
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $4,995

Evaluation of the pressure-redistributing properties of prefabricated foot orthoses in younger adults after at least 12 months wear$4,995

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Martin Spink
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300066
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.85

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD A Randomised Controlled Trial Investigating the Effectiveness of Prefabricated Foot Orthoses and Core Muscle Strength Training for People with Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain
Podiatry, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The effect of a supervised and a web supported home-based core stability program in adults with nonspecific chronic low back pain
Human Movement, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD The Effect of a Stretching Program on Plantar Pressures in People with Diabetes
Podiatry, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Martin Spink

Position

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Podiatry

Contact Details

Email martin.spink@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4418
Fax (02) 4921 6984

Office

Room BE 122
Building Ourimbah campus BE
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