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Dr. Bronwen Ackermann

Dr. Bronwen Ackermann is a physiotherapist whose interest in performing arts health grew as a result of working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1995. Now Australia’s leading researcher in the field, she has worked extensively with performing artists since the 1990s, with her clinical and research work focussed on musicians’ injuries. She received a Churchill fellowship in 2002 allowing her to spend time with international colleagues involved in both research and clinical work in the field of music medicine.

Her PhD was completed in 2003 looking at performance-related musculoskeletal injuries in violinists. Since then she has been conducting research into musicians’ injuries focussing on performance-related injury prevention, performance-related injury assessment and management, optimising performance through enhancing physical and psychological well-being, and understanding the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underpinning musical performance.

She joined academia in mid-2006 and works in the Sydney Medical School teaching functional musculoskeletal anatomy. She has led several large national musicians’ health projects including an ARC linkage grant investigation developing evidence-based guidelines for best management of occupational injuries occurring in musicians(‘Sound Practice’), and an ALTC national music health curriculum initiative in collaboration with Associate Professor Suzanne Wijsman from the University of Western Australia (‘Sound Performers’).

She was the inaugural president of the Australian Society for Performing Arts healthcare and is the Chair of the International Liaison Committee and the Education Committee of the USA based Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), as well as the editor-in-chief of the premier journal in the field, Medical Problems of Performing Artists. She has presented nationally and internationally to many orchestras, health professionals and music organisations about evidence-based principles of injury prevention and management for musicians.

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