Dr Martin Spink
School of Health Sciences (Podiatry)
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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.
Dr. Spink’s research expertise includes falls risk assessment and falls prevention, musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation and plantar pressure analysis.
Gerontology, especially falls prevention
Musculoskeletal and sports podiatry including musculoskeletal assessment and injury management.
Dr Spink is a member of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle.
- 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
- Falls and balance
- English (Fluent)
Fields of Research
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|Lecturer||University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
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Journal article (12 outputs)
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]
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.
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]
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Conference (2 outputs)
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)
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]
Grants and Funding
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20151 grants / $2,000
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
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|
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
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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 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 Effect of a Stretching Program on Plantar Pressures in People with Diabetes
Podiatry, Faculty of Health and Medicine