Dr Lucy Thomas

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy)

Career Summary

Biography

Lucy Thomas qualified as a physiotherapist in the UK. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy at The University of Sydney and a Masters of Medical Science from the University of Newcastle. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2013 with a thesis entitled 'Minimising Risk factors for Cervical spine manipulation' under the supervision of Professor Chris Levi and Professor Darren Rivett.  Her current research is investigating craniocervical dissection and the safety of manual therapy in the cervical spine. Lucy is a lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She also works as a consultant in private practice in Newcastle. Dr Thomas's has a particular interest in the differentail diagnosis and treatment of neck pain, headache and dizziness. She has presented in the area of craniocervical arterial dissection at national and international conferences and has published in this area.

Research Expertise
Current research study includes: Assessment of patients with craniocervical arterial dissection Assessment of craniocervical arterial blood flow using magnetic resonance imaging



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Medical Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • cervical spine
  • craniocervical arterial dissection
  • dizziness
  • musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • neck pain
  • pre-manipulative screening
  • vertebrobasilar insufficiency

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 65
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified 35

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 - 31/12/2011 Membership - NSW Branch Committee, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia NSW Branch Committee, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia
Australia
1/01/2003 - 31/12/2006 Membership - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (NSW Branch) committee Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (NSW Branch) committee
Australia
1/01/1986 -  Membership - Musculoskeletal physiotherapy Australia Musculoskeletal physiotherapy Australia
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2012 Thomas, L., Rivett, D. & Bolton, P. (2003). Changes in vertebral artery blood flow during neck rotat
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $29,555

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20141 grants / $19,865

Seasonal variation in cervical arterial dissection$19,865

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Doctor Lucy Thomas, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Professor Darren Rivett
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301126
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20121 grants / $1,500

International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists 2012: Rendez-vous of Hands and Minds, Quebec City, Canada, 30 Sept - 5 Oct 2012$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Lucy Thomas
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200583
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,500

World Physical Therapy 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20 - 23 June 2011$1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Lucy Thomas
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100144
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $4,990

Factors affecting the safety of cervical manipulation$4,990

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Lucy Thomas
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190274
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

IFOMT 2008 Connecting Science to Quality of Life$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Lucy Thomas
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188951
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 Masters The Effect of Retraction Movements of the Cervical Spine on Persistent Head Pain of Cervicogenic Origin M Philosophy (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Lucy Thomas

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Physiotherapy

Contact Details

Email lucy.thomas@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8680

Office

Room HE24
Building Hunter
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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