Professor Helen Slater
Helen Slater (PhD, FACP, MAppSc(Phty), BAppSc(Phty) is a Clinical Research Scientist and Full Professor in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
Helen co-leads a research group at Curtin University. Her research work combines laboratory-based clinical phenotyping (including QST), clinical pain research and health services research including policy-into-practice initiatives to support the implementation of musculoskeletal Models of Care and the use of digital technologies (eHealth and mHealth) to support sustainable models of musculoskeletal health in young people with pain.
Her interest is strongly focused on driving improvements in pain care and critical translation of knowledge and skills (‘know-do’) between research, clinical practice and health workforce education. Her work reaches across jurisdictions, across sectors (health systems and policy, health industry and educational systems) and across disciplines, with the aim of strengthening health systems and re-orienting health services to support consumers receiving ‘right’ care. Her strategic capacity-building initiatives in musculoskeletal pain and health have real world impact with a strong orientation to the promotion of high value care and the concomitant reduction of low value care.
She was Co-Chair of the IASP Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy Curriculum update for 2018. Helen is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (FACP), and continues to consult in the capacity of a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.