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May 9, 2021 33 min

Physio+10 focuses on the journeys of trailblazing Physiotherapists and today's conversation is with Emeritus Professor Lance Twomey, who is arguably the most influential person in regards to shaping physiotherapy education in Western Australia. As an early graduate of the state government diploma program established to train physiotherapists in response to the polio epidemic, Lance returned as an academic and later became the Head of School.

In Part 1 of our conversation with Lance we;
* Learn about what physiotherapy education looked like in the 1960s and 70s
* How quokkas and anthropology were early interests in Lance's development
* Learn what he considers the basis of Physiotherapy
* Learn how he quantified the difference between the normal ageing process and pathology in the lumbar spine in his PhD 

Lance has degrees are in Teaching, Physiotherapy and Anatomy (PhD). He was awarded the Order of Australia, for his service to Education and Physiotherapy in 1996. Lance has been an academic at Curtin University of Technology since 1969. He was Head of the School of Physiotherapy from 1975 to 1989, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) from 1990-1 994 and Deputy to the Vice-Chancellor from 1995-1997.  In March 1997, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor.  His research interests are the clinical anatomy of the spine; whiplash; back pain; and age changes of the musculo-skeletal system of the body. He is the author/co-author of six textbooks and 220 publications in scientific journals. His general interests include surfing and reading.

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