Ms Judy Holland
(BSC, BApp Sc (Physiotherapy), Director, Department of Physiotherapy )

DepartmentPhysiotherapy
Research AreasTherapy and Treatment
Research TopicsBreast Cancer, Prostate Cancer
Research TypesClinical Trials

Ms Judy Holland has been conducting treatment based clinical trials in collaboration with the University of Newcastle and Calvary Mater Newcastle  Radiotherapy Department since 2012. Her research interest involves a desire to improve quality of life and treatment options that reduce the physical side effects of treatment for cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

 

Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

2012.

What research projects are you currently working on?

Acute Lung Injury (ALI): Evaluating and improving functional outcomes in survivors.Investigating effects of radiotherapy and hormone treatment on pelvic floor function in men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

Excited to be getting the department involved in research. Allied Health is rarely supported to research these types of projects.

What inspires you?

Improved quality of life for patients.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Worked as a physiotherapist with an interest in Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and Intensive Care.

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Support from the University.

Who are your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Professor Denham, and the Radiotherapy Department.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

Same as I do now assist with the running of the Physiotherapy Department at CMN. I don't see myself as a researcher; I feel I am more a Physiotherapist researching areas that affect the clients we see.

What made you decide to do research?

Patient needs.

What do you do to relax?

Read and hang out with my kids.

What is the craziest thing you have ever had to do "in the name of research"?

Starting with Prostate Cancer and having to utilise Anal Probes still makes me cringe!

 

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