Mrs Kelly Thurlow


University Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary



Kelly Thurlow is a Physiotherapy Academic at The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, Taree.  This role allows her to work with rural undergraduate students to assist with their clinical knowledge and skills and to support their learning on rural placement. 

She also co-ordinates the physiotherapy clinical placements in the Dept of Rural Health.

Research Expertise

Emergency Department physiotherapy

Clinical Supervision

Rural Health

Extended Scope of Practice

Teaching Expertise
Area of interest in Physiotherapy, Emergency Physiotherapy, Extended Scope of Practice and Rural Workforce issues.  As well as inter-professional teaching and inter-professional clinical team intervention,and development of service learning opportunities 

Musculoskeletal and orthopedic physiotherapy

Administrative Expertise
Project Officer duties including project reports, budgets, reporting on KPIs and relevant professional documents.

Project officer for SuperSIM; development of online training for rural clinical supervision

Participate in the Department of Rural Health physiotherapy staff meetings

Kelly is part of the inter-professional teaching research team at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Human Movement), University of New England


  • Clinical Education
  • Emergency Department
  • Extended Scope of Practice
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rural Health
  • Workforce Planning and Development


  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
31/5/2010 -  Lecturer In Emergency Muscoskeletal Physiotherapy Department of Rural Health University of Newcastle Australia


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Leys J, Wakely L, Thurlow K, Page RH, 'Physiotherapy students in rural emergency departments: A NEAT place to learn', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH, 25 130-131 (2017)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12262
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Luke Wakely, Jacqui Leys

Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Thurlow K, 'Changing Landscapes: The Advanced Generalist; Improving career structure for rural physiotherapists', Brisbane, QLD (2019)
2015 Smith A, Thurlow K, 'Clinical supervision practices in medical imaging in the spotlight via SuperSIM', Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences Vol 61, Issue S1 Abstracts from the 2015 NZIMRT-AIR Scientific Meeting, Wellington, New Zealand (2015) [E3]
DOI 10.1002/jmrs.120
Co-authors Tony Smith
2015 Smith T, Thurlow K, Marley R, Conway J, Lea J, 'SuperSIM: Making use of simulation to enhance clinical supervision practices of rural and remote health professionals', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2014 Leys JC, Wakely L, Thurlow K, Hyde Page R, 'Into the Mix: Physiotherapy Students in the Emergency Department', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook and Program, Gold Coast (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Jacqui Leys, Luke Wakely
2014 Thurlow K, Hyde Page R, Leys J, Wakely L, 'Physioemergency are Students Keeping it NEAT', The proceedings of ANZAHPE 2014 Developing Health Professional Educators Connecting science & theory with learning for clinical practice, Gold Coast (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Jacqui Leys, Luke Wakely
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $860

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20141 grants / $860

ANZHPE, Gold Coast Australia, 7-10 July 2014$860

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Kelly Thurlow
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400619
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Mrs Kelly Thurlow


UDRH - Physiotherapy
University Newcastle Department of Rural Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Phone (02) 40551911
Mobile 0438258403
Fax (02) 40551901


Room UDRH Manning Education Centre
Building UDRH Manning Education Centre
Location Taree