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Dr Saravana Kumar 

Position: Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy Dr Saravana Kumar
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Health Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: C7-65
Telephone: +61 8 830 22085
Fax: +61 8 830 22766
Email: Saravana_dot_Kumar_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Saravana.Kumar


Welcome to my homepage. Thank you for your interest and I hope you find the information listed on this page useful. If you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Currently my role is equally divided between academia at the School of Health Sciences and as the deputy director and senior researcher of the International centre for Allied Health Evidence, a member of the Sansom Institute.


I was the NHMRC NICS-MAC Fellow from 2008-2010. This Fellowship aims to improve the management of Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) by Physiotherapists and Chiropractors.


In 2010, I was awarded a South Australian Tall Poppy Award. This award recognises the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators. This award was first created in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) and aims to promote a more publicly engaged scientific leadership in Australia.


In 2010, I was appointed as the “Visiting Allied and Scientific Health Fellow” at iCAHE. In this role, I work closely with the Allied and Scientific Health Office at the Department of Health, South Australia. Working alongside the Chief Allied and Scientific Health Advisor for South Australia, Ms Catherine Turnbull, my role aims to integrate evidence into policy and practice in allied and scientific health.


The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Winston Churchill


Links to other sites



The International centre for Allied Health Evidence


National Institute of Clinical Studies


National Health and Medical Research Council


TRACsa


Motor Accident Commission


Implementation Central


The Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS)


The South Australian Tall Poppy Campaign


My CV


Teaching interests

  • Dr. Kumar acts as a guest lecturer for various courses within the School of Health Sciences across undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

I teach the following courses

HLTH 1028Evidence Based Practice 1
HLTH 2021Evidence Based Practice 2


Professional associations

Dr. Kumar is a current and former member of numerous professional associations including the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Physiotherapy Registration Board of South Australia, Health Service Union of Australia and Sports Medicine Australia.

Dr. Kumar is a peer reviewer for eleven health journals from around the world.

Dr. Kumar is an external grant reviewer for several funding agencies.


Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
University of South Australia (1998)

Master of Physiotherapy (Manipulative and Sports)
University of South Australia (2000)

Doctor of Philosophy
University of South Australia (2005)


Research interests

  • Dr. Kumar has keen interest in quality measurement and evaluation of health service delivery. His interests also include research into bridging the gap between research evidence and clinical practice. Underpinning this interest is identifying and breaking down of barriers in uptake of research evidence into clinical practice and its influence in the quality of health care service delivery.
  • Dr. Kumar also spearheads numerous initiatives within iCAHE with the aim of bridging the gap between research evidence and clinical practice. These include
    Allied Health News in Reviews
    DoHSA question and answer service
    Undertaking numerous systematic reviews
    Assisting in guidelines implementation initiatives
  • Dr. Kumar has been a supported researcher since 2005 and in 2007 was accepted into the Early Career Research Developmental Program at University of South Australia. In 2007, Dr. Kumar was awarded University of South Australia Quality Teaching Award in recognition of his high standards of teaching.
  • Dr. Kumar has won numerous prizes for his research. These include
    Health Sciences Research Student of the year (2003)
    Best Presentation at the annual Research Degree Colloquium (2004)

    Ruth Grant Prize (2006)
    Geoff Maitland Prize (2010)
  • Additional information about my research interests, as featured in various media releases and newsletters, can be accessed via the following links:
    Media Release December 2010


    Media Release August 2010


    Media Release June 2008


    PHCRIS June 2010


    PHCRIS December 2013


  • Research Nuggets

    An innovative model of journal club, developed by South Australian allied health professionals, based at the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, a member of the Sansom Institute for Health Research, is currently in use across numerous health services in Australia, and around the world, which connects health professionals with current best research and science.


    South Australian allied health researchers, based at the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, a member of the Sansom Institute for Health Research, have developed an inventive instrument, the AWACCS, which enables carers and support workers to pick early signs of decline in older people. This instrument, now also available as an app, triggers early response once decline is identified, thereby ensuing older people get timely and quality care.


    Been to see a physiotherapist, podiatrist, pharmacist, massage therapist or any other health practitioner? How do you know what they do for you is based on up to date science and research? South Australian allied health researchers based at the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, a member of the Sansom Institute for Health Research, are working with your health practitioners to make sure the care you receive is based on what science and research tells us as being most effective.


    Snake oil, hologram bracelet, magnet therapy – what do all these have in common? They do not work! South Australian allied health researchers based at the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, a member of the the Sansom Institute for Health Research, are using current best research and science to “debunk” common myths in health so that consumers receive evidence-based health care which is safe and effective.



Research publications




My publications on Scopus

BOOKS & BOOK CHAPTERS

Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S et al (2009): Authors and Editors for ‘Practical Tips in Finding the Evidence: an Allied Health Primer’. UST Publishing House Manila, Philippines.


Kumar S. Young A. Magtoto-Lizarando L. (2010) What’s in a name? Current case of nomenclature confusion. In: Practical Tips in Clinical Guideline development: An Allied Health Primer. Grimmer-Somers K, Worley A (eds). UST Publishing House, Manila, Philippines.


Perraton L. Machotka Z. Kumar S. Louw Q. (2010) Sports Medicine Guidelines: The Art and Science of Sports Medicine. In: Practical Tips in Clinical Guideline development: An Allied Health Primer. Grimmer-Somers K, Worley A (eds). UST Publishing House, Manila, Philippines.


PUBLICATIONS


Lizarondo L, Grimmer K and Kumar S (2014): The Adapted Fresno test for speech pathologists, social workers, and dieticians/nutritionists: validation and reliability testing. Journal of Multidisciplinary Health Care. 7 129–135.


Grimmer K, Lizarondo L, Kumar S, Bell E, Buist M, Weinstein P (2014): An evidence-based framework to measure quality of allied health care. Health Research Policy and Systems. 26; 12(1): 10.


Thorpe O, Kumar S and Johnston K (2014): The barriers and enablers to physical activity participation in patients with COPD following a hospital admission: A qualitative study. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.9 115–128.


Mortimer R, Privopolous M and Kumar S (2014): The effectiveness of hydrotherapy in the treatment of social and behavioral aspects of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A systematic Review. Journal of Multidisciplinary Care. 7 93–104.


Kumar S, Beaton K and Hughes T (2013). The effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of nonspecific low back pain: a systematic review of systematic reviews. International Journal of General Medicine. 6 733–741.


Kumar S. (2013) Rack ‘em, pack 'em and stack ‘em: challenges and opportunities in teaching large classes in higher education [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/nq] F1000Research 2013, 2:42 (doi: 10.3410/f1000research.2-42.v1).


Grimmer K, Luker J, Beaton K, Kumar S, Crockett A, Price K (2013): TRialing Individualised Interventions to prevent FunctionaL decline in at-risk older adults (TRIIFL): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial nested in a longitudinal observational study BioMed Central – Trials 14:266.


Lizarondo L, Grimmer K and Kumar S (2013). Exploring the individual determinants of evidence uptake in allied health using a journal club as a medium. Advances in Medical Education and Practice. 4: 43-53.


Grimmer K, Beaton K, Young L, Kumar S, Hendry K, Moss J, Hillier S, Forward J and Gordge. L (2013). "Estimating risk of functional decline occurring after discharge in elderly people presenting to one large Australian public tertiary hospital Emergency Department." Australian Health Review. 37: 341-347.


Guerin M, Grimmer K and Kumar S (2013): Community services' involvement in the discharge of older adults from hospital into the community. International Journal of Integrated Care. 13.


Leach MJ. Kumar S (2012): Cinnamon for diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. (9): CD007170.


Thorpe O, Johnston K, Kumar S (2012): Barriers and Enablers to Physical Activity Participation in Patients with COPD: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. Nov; 32(6):359-69. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0b013e318262d7df.


Dizon JM, Grimmer-Somers KA, Kumar S (2012): Current evidence on evidence-based practice training in allied health: a systematic review of the literature. International Journal of Evidence Based Health Care.10(4):347-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-1609.2012.00295.x.


Grimmer-Somers K, Milanese S, Kumar S, Brennan C, Mifsud I(2012): Number and frequency of physiotherapy services for motor vehicle-induced whiplash: interrogating motor accident insurance data 2006-2009. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 44(9):774-80.


Lizarondo L, Grimmer K, Kumar S, Crockett A (2012).: Does journal club membership improve research evidence uptake in different allied health disciplines: a pre-post study. BMC Research Notes 5: 588.


Lizarondo L, Kumar S, Grimmer-Somers K (2012): Exploring the impact of a structured model of journal club in allied health: a qualitative study. Creative Education 3(26):1094-1100.


Lizarondo L, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S (2012): Inter-rater reliability of the Adapted Fresno Test across multiple raters. Physiotherapy Canada (Accepted for publication).


Dizon JD, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S (2012): A Qualitative Study on Evidence Based Practice for Filipino Physiotherapists.The Open Education Journal 5; 1-8.


Guerin MR, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S and Dolejs W (2012): The discharge of individuals from hospital: Do we need to refocus our research? Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 2(3): DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v2n3p1.


Dizon JM, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S. A Pilot Study of the Evidence Based Practice Training Program for Filipino Physiotherapists: Emerging Evidence on Outcomes and Acceptability. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. April 2012. Volume 10 Number 2.


Grimmer-Somers K, Milanese S, Kumar S, Brennan C, Mifsud I (2012): The number and frequency of physiotherapy services for motor vehicle-induced whiplash: Interrogating motor accident insurance data 2006-2009. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (accepted for publication).


Stanhope, J, Grimmer-Somers, K, Milanese S, Kumar S and Morris J (2012): Extended scope physiotherapy roles for orthopedic outpatients: an update systematic review of the literature. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 5:37–45.


Uden, H and Kumar S (2012): Non-surgical management of a pediatric “intoed” gait pattern – a systematic review of the current best evidence. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 5:27–35.


Harvie, DS, O’Leary TJ and Kumar S (2011): A systematic review of randomized controlled trials on exercise parameters in the treatment of patellofemoral pain: what works? Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 4: 383-392. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S24595.


Morris, J, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S, Murphy K, Gilmore L, Ashman B, Perera C, Vine K and Coulter C (2011): Effectiveness of a physiotherapy-initiated telephone triage of orthopedic waitlist patients. Patient Related Outcome Measures. 2:151-159.


Dunsford A, Kumar S and Clarke S (2011): Integrating evidence into practice: use of McKenzie-based treatment for mechanical low back pain. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 4: 393-402. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S24733.


Gilmore, L, Morris, J, Murphy, K, Grimmer-Somers, K and Kumar S (2011): Skills escalator in allied health: a time for reflection and refocus. Journal of Healthcare Leadership. 3: 53-58.


Lizarondo L, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S (2011): Exploring the perspectives of allied health practitioners regarding the use of journal clubs as a medium for promoting evidence-based practice: a qualitative study. BMC Medical Education 11: 66.


Dizon JM, Grimmer-Somers K and Kumar S (2011): The physical therapy profile questionnaire (PTPQ): development, validation and pilot testing. BMC Research Notes 4: 362.


Dizon J, Grimmer-Somers K and Kumar S (2011): Effectiveness of the tailored EBP Training program for Filipino physiotherapists: A randomised controlled trial. BMC Medical Education.11:14.


Kumar S (2011): Jiminy Cricket and Innovations in Allied Health. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.9:3.


Lizarondo L, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S (2011). A systematic review of the individual determinants of research evidence use in allied health. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare.:4 1–12.


Heath J, Grimmer-Somers K, Milanese S, Hillier S, King E, Johnston K, Wall K, Thorpe O, Young A, Kumar S (2011): Measuring the impact of allied health. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare 4:191 – 207.


Uden H, Boesch E and Kumar S (2011): Plantar Fasciitis – To Jab or to Support? A Systematic Review of the Current Best Evidence. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare.4:155-64.


Pastakia K and Kumar S (2011): Acute Whiplash Associated Disorders. Emergency Medicine.3 29- 32.


Kumar S (2011): Innovation in allied health: an evidence-practice mismatch? The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.9:2.


Milanese S, Lizarondo L, Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2011): Evidence into practice and policy: iCAHE experiences. International Public Health Journal. Accepted for publication 19th January 2011.


Kumar S (2011): The difficulty of change: A new challenge for the new decade. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.9;1.


Grimmer-Somers K. Kumar V S S, Milanese S and Hillier S (2011): The curious case of a research centre: Evolution along the evidence journey. International Public Health Journal. Accepted for publications 18th January 2011.


Pastakia K and Kumar S (2010): Exercise parameters in the management of breast cancer: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Physiotherapy Research International DOI: 10.1002/pri.505.


Machotka Z, Scarborough I, Duncan W, Kumar S and Perraton L (2010) Anterior Cruciate Ligament repair with LARS (Ligament Advanced Reinforcement System): A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology 7; 2:29.


Kumar S, Perraton L and Machotka Z (2010): Development and implementation of an online hybrid model for teaching evidence-based practice to health professions: processes and outcomes from an Australian experience. Advances in Medical Education and Practice.1:1-9.


Lizarondo L, Kumar S, Hyde H and Skidmore D (2010): Who are allied health assistants and what do they do: a systematic review of the literature. Journal of Multidisciplinary Health Care.3:143-153.


Kumar S, Grimmer-Somers K and Hughes B (2010): The Ethics of Evidence Implementation in Health Care. Physiotherapy Research International. 15(2):96-102.


Perraton L, Machotka Z and Kumar S (2010): Whole body vibration for low back pain: Fact or fad? Physiotherapy Canada. DOI 10.3138/ptc.2009.44.


Lizarondo L, Grimmer-Somers K and Kumar S (2010): Online Journal clubs: An innovative approach to achieving evidence-based practice. Journal of Allied Health. 39(1): e17-22.


Perraton L, Kumar S and Machotka Z (2010): Exercise parameters in the treatment of clinical depression: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.16:597–604.


Deenadayalan Y, Perraton L, Kumar S and Machotka Z (2010): Day therapy programs for adolescents with mental health problems. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice 8(1). http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/Vol8Num1/pdf/kumar.pdf


Perraton L, Machotka Z, Kumar S (2009): Components of effective randomized controlled trials of hydrotherapy programs for fibromyalgia syndrome: A systematic review. Journal of Pain Research 2: 165-173.


Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2009): What can evidence implementation learn from Obama’s campaign? Physiotherapy Canada. 61(4):181-184.


Roberts J, Das R and Kumar S (2009): International students' perspectives of an introductory course as preparation for entry into a postgraduate physiotherapy program. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 7 (4). http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/vol7num4/Kumar.htm


Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2009): What's in a name? The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 7 (3). http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/Vol7Num3/grimmer-somers_7_3.htm


Kumar S (2009): Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health: A Time for Reflection and Refocus. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 7 (4). http://ijahsp.nova.edu/articles/vol7num4/kumar_7_4.htm


Stead K, Kumar S et al (2009): Teams communicating through STEPPS. Medical Journal of Australia. 190 (11 Suppl): S128-32.


Machotka Z, Kumar S and Perraton L (2009): A systematic review of the literature on the effectiveness of exercise therapy for Groin Pain in Athletes. Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology 1(1):5.


Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S, Vipond N, and Hall G (2009): A review and critique of assessment instruments for patients with persistent pain. Journal of Pain research. 2:21-47.


Grimmer-Somers K, Vipond N, Kumar S, and Hall G (2009): Primary care assessment instruments for patients at risk of, or with, persistent pain: opportunistic findings from a systematic literature review. International Journal of General Medicine. 2: 121-128.


Kumar S, Young G and James D (2009): Communication outcomes of children with permanent hearing loss developing speaking and signing concurrently: A review. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. April; 11(2):135-146.


Lizarando L, Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2009): Supporting Allied Health Practitioners in Evidence Based Practice: A Case Study on Development and Evaluation of an Innovative Model of Journal Club. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 16(4): 226-236.


Smith C, Kumar S and Pelling N (2009): The effectiveness of self-management educational interventions for osteoarthritis of the knee: Systematic Review. The Joanna Briggs Institute Library of Systematic Reviews 7(25): 1089-1116.


Turnbull C, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S, May E, Law D and Ashworth E (2009): Allied, Scientific and Complementary Health Professionals: A new model for Australian 'allied health'. Australian Health Review 33(1): 27-37.


Deenadayalan Y, Grimmer-Somers K, Prior M and Kumar S (2008): How to run an effective journal club: a systematic review. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 14(5): 898-911.


Kumar S and May E (2008): Using research evidence to inform teaching practices: an innovative and practical approach for embedding best practices in online teaching and learning. Teaching and Research: making the connection in health sciences. ISBN: 978 1 920927 82 0. http://www.unisa.edu.au/health/about/peer_reviewed_papers.pdf.


Leach M and Kumar S (2008): The clinical effectiveness of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in adults with osteoarthritis: Systematic Review. International Journal of Evidence Based Health Care: 6(3): 311-320.


Leach M and Kumar S (2008): Cinnamon for diabetes mellitus. (Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD007170. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007170.


Lekkas P, Larsen T, Kumar S, Grimmer K, Nyland L, Chipchase L, Jull G, Buttrum P, Carr L and Finch J (2007): No model of clinical education for Physiotherapy students is superior to another: A systematic review. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 53: 19-28.


Smith C, Kumar S and Causby, R (2007): The effectiveness of non-surgical interventions in the treatment of Charcot’s foot: Systematic Review. International Journal of Evidence Based Health Care. Int J Evid Based Healthc 2007; 5: 437–449.


Grimmer-Somers K, Lekkas P, Nyland L, Young A and Kumar S (2007): Perspectives on research evidence and clinical practice: a survey of Australian physiotherapists. Physiotherapy Research International. 12(3): 147-161.


Kumar S and Grimmer K (2007): A synthesis of the secondary literature on effectiveness of hospital avoidance and discharge programs. Australian Health Review 31(1).34-49.


Kumar S and Grimmer K (2006): You’ve collected data: what now? National Allied Health Conference, Albury, Australia. Accessed from: http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/conferences/sarrah2006/Docs/Program/index.htm. Viewed on November 9, 2006


Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2006): Writing To Publish – Issues For Consideration. The Philippine Journal of Allied Health Science 1(1): 59-61. Accessed from: http://pjahs.ust.edu.ph/Files/Features/Writing.pdf


Larsen T, Kumar S, Grimmer K, Potter A, Farquharson T, Sharpe P (2006): Guidelines for the prevention of heat illness in sports participants and officials.Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 10(1): 11-26


Grimmer K, Bialocerkowski A, Milanese S, Kumar S, Mulley B, Deenadayalan Y, Neumann P, Dryden L, Hillier S, Maddison T (2005): CAHE Outcomes Calculator: an allied health initiative to improve practice. Internet Journal of Allied Health Science and Practice Nov 3:1


Burnett J, Kumar S and Grimmer K (2005): Allied health- specific critical appraisal tool: the first steps. Internet Journal of Allied Health Science and Practice 3(1): http://ijahsp.nova.edu


Kumar S and Grimmer K (2005): Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal conditions: a professional minefield. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 1(1): 69-76.


Kumar S (2005): Quality in practice. Business in Practice 4: 12-13.


Grimmer K and Kumar S (2005): Allied Health Task-related Evidence Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation 6(2):143-154


Grimmer K, Bialocerkowski A, Kumar S and Milanese S (2004): Implementing evidence in clinical practice: the 'therapies' dilemma'. Physiotherapy 90(4): 189-194.


Bialocerkowski A, Grimmer KA, Milanese S and Kumar S (2004): Application of current research evidence to clinical physiotherapy practice. Journal of Allied Health 33(4): 230-207.


Kumar S(2004): Quality in Allied Health Service delivery: Rhetoric vs. reality? Australiasian Epidemilogist 11(2): 45-46.


Katrak P, Bialocerkowski A, Massy-westropp N, Kumar S, Grimmer K (2004): A systematic review of the content of critical appraisal tools BMC Medicial Research Methodology 4: 22.


Grimmer K, Peoples C, Steele S, Kumar S (2003): Review of best-practice Hsopital Discharge Practices for Asthma Patients. Prepared for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, ACT, Australia.


Grimmer K, Kumar S, Gilbert A and Milanese S (2002): Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS): physiotherapists’ use, knowledge and attitudes. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 48(2): 82-92.


Grimmer K, Moss J, Falco J and Kumar V.S.S (2001): Independent Community Living After Discharge From Hospital: Identification and examination of strategies and community supports that enable ill elderly people to successfully return to, and maintain independent community living. ISBN 0 868036943


Grimmer K, Kumar V.S.S and Gilbert A (2001) Physiotherapists’ Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s): Setting the Scene. ISBN 0868036927


Kumar V.S.S: Report, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Allied Health Information Management System Review (2000): Allied Health Data Collection for Research Purposes.


PRESENTATIONS

Kumar S (2014): "A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Physiotherapy" at the Singapore International Physiotherapy Congress held in Singapore from 3rd to 4th of May 2014.


Kumar S (2014): "Evidence-Based Practice in Patient Care" at the 2014 National Nurse Education Conference held in Adelaide from 30th April – 2nd of May 2014.


Kumar S (2014): "Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Physiotherapy: Opportunities and Challenges in the 21st Century." Singapore International Physiotherapy Congress held in Singapore from 3rd to 4th of May 2014.


Kumar S (2013): “Evidence-based practice in natural medicine: opportunities and challenges for the 21st century”. Keynote speaker at the AAMT National Conference held in Adelaide from 25-26 May 2013.


Kumar S (2013): “Are assistants a solution to our workforce shortages?. Keynote speaker at the HWA conference held in Adelaide from 18 to 20 November 2013.


Kumar S (2013): “Evidence-based Practice in Massage Therapy”. Keynote speaker at the AAMT annual general meeting held in Perth on 15th November 2013.


Kumar S (2012): “Translating evidence into practice: Australian Safety and Quality Health Service Standards”. Keynote speaker at the 5th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference held in Adelaide on 28-30 October 2012.


Kumar S (2012): "Evidence based practice in allied health" at the Australian Hand Therapy Association’s Annual Conference held in Adelaide on October 12-14.


Kumar S (2012): "Research and the sonographer". Australian Sonographer Masterclass held on 24th May, Canberra, Australia.


Kumar S and McEvoy (2012): "Evidence Based Practice in Allied Health". Australian Physiotherapy Association Business and Leadership Symposium 2012 held on 19th July, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2012): “Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries: The Challenges and Opportunities in Incorporating Evidence in Practice”. Keynote speaker at the Crash 2012: a meeting of views seminar held in Adelaide on 29th March 2012.


Kumar S (2011): “Evidence based practice in the 21st century: confessions of a dangerous mind”. Keynote speaker at the HFESA Knowledge through Sharing Seminar, held in Adelaide on 22nd June 2011.


Kumar S (2011): “How’s that: the opportunities and challenges of evidence based practice in health care”. Keynote speaker at the upcoming Implementing chronic condition self-management in practice conference to be held in Adelaide on 9th September 2011.


Schoo A, Wall K, Grimmer-Somers K, Hofmeyer A, Kumar S, Lin I. (2011). The roles played by allied health services in regional rural and remote Australia in the management of patients with chronic and complex disease. In: 2011 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.


Lizarondo L, Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S (2011). A systematic review of the individual determinants of evidence-based practice in allied health. In: 2011 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.


Kumar S (2010): “Evidence Based Practice and all that Jazz”. Keynote speaker at the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Christmas Products Showcase event held in Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2010): “What works in evidence implementation and challenges as we move forward in operationalising translational research”Keynote speaker at the Tasmanian PHCRED symposium held in Launceston, Australia.


Kumar S (2010): “Allied Health in the 21st Century”. Keynote speaker at the Redesigning Healthcare Workforce Australia, held in Sydney, Australia.


Kumar S and Lizarondo L (2010): Invited to present at the ACH Group Health Services Workshop Series organised by ACH, Adelaide, South Australia.


Kumar S (2010): Invited to present at the Diverse Thesis Models organised by Flexible Learning Centre, University of South Australia.


Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2010): Assessing for the potential to develop persistent pain. Accepted for presentation at Impact of Pain, APS/NZPS Combined Conference, 28th – 31st of March in Gold Coast, Australia.


Kumar S and Johnston K (2010): Building research capacity. Queensland Health, 22nd March, Brisbane, Australia. Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2010): Invited to present on Implementing change in health care and practicalities in collecting data at “Developing Leads” held in February, Adelaide, Australia.


Lizarondo L, Kumar S and Scharbillig R (2010): Invited to present on Evidence Based Practice in Podiatry: Opportunities and Challenges in the New Decade held in March, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2009): Implementing research evidence in clinical practice: an evidence-based approach to improving the management of Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) by chiropractors and physiotherapists. COCA’s 8th Biennial Conference, 20-22nd November in Sydney, Australia.


Kumar S and Hamilton B (2009): Composing indicators and outcomes that will sing for you: theoretical and practical perspectives. 6th Health Services and Policy Research Conference, 25-27th November in Brisbane, Australia.


Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2009): Implementing change in health care: a south Australian experience of guideline implementation for whiplash associated disorders. APA conference week, Sydney, Australia.


Kumar S and Grimmer-Somers K (2009): Implementation central: a dedicated web resource for stakeholders of evidence implementation and knowledge transfer. APA conference week, Sydney, Australia.


Kumar S (2009): Improving physiotherapy & chiropractic management of whiplash associated disorders (WAD). National Australian Conference on Evidence-based Clinical Leadership in Adelaide 27-29th May 2009.


Kumar S (2009): Integrating evidence into early intervention for children with permanent hearing loss: A systematic review of the literature. 5th Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference in Adelaide 21-23 May 2009.


Kumar S (2008): Implementing clinical guidelines for Physiotherapy and Chiropractic management of patients with Whiplash Associated Disorders: Processes and outcomes from a South Australian perspective. Better Choices Better Health Conference, Adelaide, Australia.


J Kenardy, M Sterling, Y Betor, S Kumar and L Jeffries (2008): An Evidence Based Approach To Inform Consumer Choices For Conservative Management Of Whiplash Associated Disorders: Development Of A Web Resource.Better Choices Better Health Conference, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S, Young, G and James , D (2008): Early Intervention Services for children with hearing loss. Workshop, Brisbane, Australia.


Kumar S (2008): Invited to present on Evidence Based Practice in Prosthetics and Orthotics at “Towards Evidence Based Practice in Prosthetics and Orthotics” conference held in November, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2008): Invited to present on Evidence Based Practice at the clinical educators meeting organised by Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia.


Kumar S (2008): Invited to present on Early Intervention Services for children with hearing loss for Department of Education and Children’s Services, Department of Health, Government of South Australia.


Kumar S, Young G and James D (2008): Evidence Based Practice in the Management of Children with Permanent Hearing Loss: A systematic review of the literature. Reflecting Connections conference, Auckland, New Zealand.


Sutton M and Kumar S (2008): Overcoming the Evidence Based Practice barriers - The Allied Health Journal Club. 2008 World Congress of Health Professions - THE FUTURE NOW: Challenges and Opportunities in Health, Perth, Australia.


Kumar S (2007): Invited to present on CAHE Journal Club at Mental Health Social Worker's Conference, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2007): Systematic review of literature for early intervention in children with hearing loss. 4th Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


Kumar S (2007): Keynote address: Quality in Allied Health Care: Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Hong Kong.


Kumar S (2007): Invited to present at the Emerging Thesis Models organised by Flexible Learning Centre, University of South Australia.


Kumar S, Nyland L and Prior M (2007): Evidence Based Practice and Online Education: The New Frontier. Accepted as poster for National Allied Health Conference, Hobart, Australia.


Kumar S and May E (2007): Using research evidence to inform teaching practices: an innovative and practical approach for embedding best practices in online teaching and learning. Teaching and Research: making the connection in health sciences conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.


M Sutton, C Turnbull, S Kumar and K Grimmer-Somers (2007). The Journal Club: An Innovative Tool In Promoting Evidence Based Practice (EBP) In Allied Health Service Delivery. Joanna Briggs Institute International Convention. Pebbles of Knowledge: Evidence for Excellence. Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S, Nyland L and Prior P (2007): Support Workers in Communitive Rehabiliation. Evidence from a Systematic Review of the Literature. Accepted as paper for National Allied Health Conference, Hobart, Australia.


Kumar S, Prior M and Nyland L (2007): An Innovative Tool in Measuring Health Care Outcomes. Accepted as paper for National Allied Health Conference, Hobart, Australia.


Kumar S, Nyland L and Prior M (2007): Implementing Evidence in Allied Health (AH): Is it easier said than done? Accepted as workshop for National Allied Health Conference, Hobart, Australia.


Kumar S (2007): Evidence Based Practice: Is it a necessary evil? Key note address. Evidence Based Practice: Not as hard as you think! conference, Queensland, Australia.


Kumar S (2007): You have completed your review - What next? Workshop. Evidence Based Practice: Not as hard as you think! conference, Queensland, Australia.


Kumar S (2007): How to write an article for publication: Issues for consideration. Workshop. Evidence Based Practice: Not as hard as you think! conference, Queensland, Australia.


Kumar S (2006): Evidence Based Practice - Literature Review of evidence relating to varibales which influence outcomes for children with hearing loss. Health Hearing Symposium, Queensland, Australia.


Kumar S and Grimmer K (2006): Bridging the Evidence Based Practice knowledge gap in developing countries: existing barriers and areas for improvement. 5th Joanna Briggs Colloquium, Durban, South Africa.


Kumar S and Grimmer K (2006): You’ve collected data: what now- What are you measuring? National Allied Health Conference, Albury, Australia.


Kumar S (2006): Invited to present at “What is a thesis?” organised by Flexible Learning Centre, University of South Australia.


Kumar S and Nyland L (2006): Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in Allied Health: Is it the case of one step forward, two steps back? Loddon Mallee Allied Health Network Conference, Bendigo, Australia


Kumar S and Grimmer K (2006): Effectiveness of hospital avoidance and demand management strategies: outcomes from the perspective of evaluation. International Conference On Health and Social Care Modelling and Applications (HSCM2006), Adelaide, Australia


Kumar S, Gibson S, Murchland S, Raghavendra P (2006): Evidence Based Practice in Paediatric Disability: Can it be done? AusCAPDM, Adelaide, Australia


Kumar S (2005): Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in Orthotics and Prosthetics: A necessary evil or the Holy Grail? Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (Australian National Member Society), Sydney, Australia


Kumar S (2005): Evidence Based Practice: Theoretical assumptions and practical realities, The Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2005): Quality in Physiotherapy: The Unknown Entity, Physiotherapy Business Australia Professional Development Program, Adelaide, Australia


Kumar S and Bialocerkowski A (2005): Evidence Based Practice: Accessing, evaluating and disseminating evidence in clinical practice, 6th National Allied Health Conference, Melbourne Australia.


Kumar S (2004): Quality in Allied Health Care: Where is the place for guidelines? GIN International Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.


Kumar S (2004): A review of criteria in critical appraisal instruments: is a generic allied helath tool possible? APA 8th International Physiotherapy congress, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2004): Quality in Allied health service delivery: Current monitoring standards and innovative future measurement tool. Poster, APA 8th International Physiotherapy congress, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2004): Quality in Allied health care: Current trends in Practice and an innovative patient-centred model. APA 8th International Physiotherapy congress, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2004): Key elements underpinning allied health service quality: funders perspectives of quality in allied health service delivery. APA 8th International Physiotherapy congress, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2004): A systematic and critical review of Allied Health Databases: current standards and implications for future challenges. 8th International Physiotherapy congress, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2004): Key elements underpinning allied health service quality: funders perspectives of quality in allied health service delivery. AGAPL “Quality and all that jazz” conference, Gold Coast, Australia.


Kumar S (2003): Evidence Based Practice: Addressing Physiotherapy Needs?. Poster from Proceedings of 13th Biennial conference. Sydney, Australia.


Kumar S (2003): Effectivness of manipulation and mobilisation for headaches: what is the current best evidence and implications for evidence based practice. Proceedings of 13th Biennial conference. Syndey, Australia.


Kumar S (2003): A critical review of allied health databases: current standards and implications for future challenges. Proceedings 14th International congress of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Barcelona, Spain


Kumar S (2003): Key elements underpinning allied health service quality: funders perspectives of quality in allied health service delivery. Proceeding of 14th International congress of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Barcelona, Spain


Kumar S (2003): Effectiveness of manipulation and mobilisation for headaches – A systematic and critical review of the literature and implications for evidence based practice. Proceeding of 2nd International e-musk meeting, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom


Kumar S (2003): Evidence based practice in quality allied health care: theory and practice. Proceedings of The Joanna Briggs Institute Best Practice Implementation Seminar, Adelaide, Australia.


Grimmer K A and Kumar S (2002): Determining and measuring allied health care quality: a contextual organisational and practical dilemma. Proceedings of the Inaugural Quality in Practice Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.


Kumar S (2000): Effectiveness of manipulation and mobilisation on headaches: a critical review of the literature and implications for evidence based practice. Proceedings of the Six International Physiotherapy Association Congress, Canberra, p 202.


TECHNICAL REPORTS

Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S, Lizarondo (2009). A Flexible, Evidence-Based Evaluation Framework for ACT Health Allied Health Projects. Technical report produced for ACT Health.


Kumar S et al (2008): Literature review of Current Best Practice in Early Intervention for Children with a Permanent Hearing Loss. Technical report produced for Queensland Health.


Lizarondo L, Kumar S (2008): Systematic review of the literature on the effectiveness of a consultative approach in implementing Positive Behavioural Support among children with long standing behavioural issues. Technical report produced for Behavioural Intervention Service, Children, Youth & Women's Health Service.


Grimmer-Somers K and Kumar S (2007): Models of pain assessments. Resource manual for health care practitioners developed in association with Accident Compensation Cooperation, Wellington, New Zealand.


Kumar S (2007): Systematic review of literature of conservative interventions for whiplash associated disorders: A consumer oriented report. Technical report developed for CONROD, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.


Kumar S (2007): International trends in allied health education and clinical placements. In Assessment of Current and Projected Allied Health Clinical Placement Activity across Victorian Health Services. Policy document developed for Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia.


Jeffries, L and Kumar S (2007): A systematic review of literature on national and international workforce models for medical radiation professions. Policy document developed for Queensland Health, Brisbane, Australia.


Kumar S, Nyland L, Young, A and Grimmer, K (2006): Final report on the systematic review of the literature on utilisation of support workers in community based rehabilitation. Policy document developed for Queensland Health, Brisbane, Australia.


Kumar S and Nyland L (2006): Atlas of Clinical Outcomes Measures for Cervical Spine Disorders. Resource manual for physiotherapists and developed in association with Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, Victoria, Australia.


Kumar S (2006): The final report on synthesis of literature evidence for models or programs for vulnerable infants. Technical report produced for Child, Youth and Women’s Health Service, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2005): Final report on the systematic review of the literature on effectiveness of hospital avoidance and discharge programs that provide safe alternatives to hospitalisation. Policy document developed for Department of Health South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2005): The final report on synthesis of literature on interventions which lessons/reduces the risk of harm in at risk babies. Technical report produced for Child, Youth and Women’s Health Service, Adelaide, Australia.


Kumar S (2005): The final report on synthesis of literature evidence for effectiveness of services for 12-18 year old children who have been sexually assaulted and/or abused. Technical report produced for Child, Youth and Women’s Health Service, Adelaide, Australia.


SELECTED RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Whiplash Evidence Based Information Resource


Translating Evidence Based Practice; Development of online learning modules for Supporting the transition of Allied Health Professionals to Remote and Rural Practice


Rapid Reviews of the Literature; Mental Health Promotion, Community-based interventions and Mass Media interventions


A Systematic Review of the Literature on Early Intervention for Children with a Permanent Hearing Loss for Healthy Hearing, Queensland Health


Systematic Review of the Literature on Utilisation of Support Workers in Community Base Rehabilitation for Community Rehabilitation Workforce Project, Queensland Health


RESEARCH PROJECTS AND GRANTS


2014

Evaluation of the clinical supervision e learning courses (Country Health South Australia Local Health Network)
Systematic review of literature of conservative interventions for Whiplash Associated Disorders (University of Queensland)


2013

Evaluation of the Professional Support Program (Queensland Health)
Building a Complexity Competent Workforce Project - Evidence informed development of a tool (Health Workforce Australia and Southern Adelaide Health Network)
Evaluation of the MORPH Program (Health Workforce Australia and Country Health South Australia)
Building workforce capacity to prevent functional decline in the community (Health Workforce Australia and Northern Adelaide Health Network)
Extended Scope of Practice for Physiotherapists in Emergency Departments (Health Workforce Australia and Flinders Medical Centre)


2012

The effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of non-specific low back pain. A systematic review of systematic reviews (Australian Association of Massage Therapists)
Development of clinical practice guidelines on compression therapy to treat peripheral oedema in adults with chronic venous disease (Queensland Health)
Process and outcomes of interprofessional undergraduate student placements in aged care (University of Western Sydney)
Evaluation of the implementation of clinical governance structure within Country Health South Australia (CHSA)
Evaluation of the Allied Health Rural and Remote Training and Support Program (Queensland Health)


2011

Process and outcomes of interprofessional undergraduate student placements in aged care
Evaluation of advanced and extended scope of practice in allied health
Development of supervision and mentoring framework for allied health assistants
Evidence synthesis for several organisations locally and nationally


2010

Low Back Pain consumer evidence summaries
PTSD in the workplace
Update of WAD summaries
Multidisciplinary teams in cancer care
CNAHS Outcomes Calculator Implementation
Role of carers in driving transition for individuals with cognitive decline


2009

Literature review for Supporting the transition of Allied Health Professionals to Remote and Rural Practice
Development of online learning modules for Supporting the transition of Allied Health Professionals to Remote and Rural Practice
Rapid Reviews of the literature
Development of indicators for early recovery from motor vechile accidents
Best practice in evaluation: A systematic review


2008

Systematic review of literature for Behavioural Intervention Service (Child, Youth and Womens Health Services)
Systematic review of literature on Day programs for adolescents with serious and significant mental health issues(Child, Youth and Womens Health Services)
Evaluation of TeamSTEPPS program (Department of Health South Australia)
Evaluation of Vision for Older people (Guide Dogs of Australia)
Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Construction Industry Common Safety Induction Course in imparting retained information and in reducing the incidence of construction worker injuries (CITB)
Systematic Literature Review on the Detection, Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Glaucoma (NHMRC)
Literature Review on Allied Health Assistants Project (Department of Health Victoria)


2007
Literature review on models of service delivery for medical radiations professions, particulalry the nuclear medicine technology and medical imaging technology workforces (Queensland Health)
Assessment of Current and Projected Undergraduate Allied Health Clinical Placement Activity Across Victorian Health Services (Project partner with HMA, Melbourne)
Development of a framework to guide the integration of chronic condition self-management into undergraduate curricula (Project advisor for Flinders Human Behaviour and Research Unit)


2006

Synthesis of the literature evidence on models or programs for vulnerable infants (Child Youth and Women's Health Services)
Literature Review of Utilisation of Community Rehabilitation Support Personnel including Allied Health and Nursing in Government and Non Government Rural/Remote and Indigenous Settings (Queensland Health)
Evaluation of models of pain assessment for secondary service providers (Accident Compensation Coorporation)
Systematic review of effectiveness of interventions for hearing loss in chidlren from 0-3 years of age (Queensland Health)


2005
Systematic review of the literature and development of an atlas of outcome measures for the cervical spine (Australian Physiotherapy Association)
Systemtic review of the literature on discharge plannning and hospital avoidance strategeis (Department of Health SA)
Systematic review of the literature on interventions for sexually abused adolescents and at-risk babies (Child Youth and Women's Health Services)
Systematic review of the literature on stragteiges employed by therapists to work with teachers and aids in children with disabilites (Child Youth and Women's Health Services)
Systematic review of the literature on models of clinical education, especially focusing on Physiotherapy (Queensland Health)


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: health sciences

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Quality in Health Care
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Measurement and Evaluation of Health Care

Community Service

Organisation Name:   International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
Organisation URL:   http://www.unisa.edu.au/cahe
Level of involvement:   Consultant for health care stakeholders
Year from:   2002
Year to:   2013
Comments:   iCAHE provides access to up to date allied health care evidence to all health care stakeholders in South Australia. It acts as a "one stop shop" for allied health clinicians to access best evidence from the literature and works in collaboration with all stakeholders in health care to bridge the gap between research evidence and clinical practice.

Organisation Name:   Guide Dogs SA.NT
Section:   Service Delivery Committee
Type of Organisation:   Community organisation
Organisation URL:   http://www.guidedogs.org.au
Level of involvement:    Committee member
Year from:   2011
Year to:   2013
Comments:   Guide Dogs SA.NT is all about helping people reach their full potential. The orgsanisation helps people with sensory loss - that's people who are blind, vision impaired, and/or deaf or hearing impaired - to live as independently as possible. It also provides Autism Assistance Dogs for families of children living with autism.

Organisation Name:   F1000
Section:   Public Health and Epidemiology
Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
Organisation URL:   http://f1000.com/
Level of involvement:   Faculty Member
Year from:   2011
Year to:   2013
Comments:   Faculty of 1000 is the publisher of four unique services that support and inform the work of life scientists and clinicians.


Research Degree Supervisor

I currently supervise students enrolled at University of South Australia and other external institutions. These students currnetly investigate wide ranging allied health care issues ranging from guideline implementation to discharge planning.

Current students

Ms. Michelle Guerin (PhD, University of South Australia)
Ms. Anna Gregory (PhD, University of South Australia)

Completed students

2013
Dr. Lucylynn Lizarondo (PhD, University of South Australia): "The individual determinants of evidence-based practice in allied health using a structured journal club intervention"

Dr. Valentin Dones (PhD, University of South Australia): "The Pathology Underpinning Lateral Epicondylalgia and the Evidence Behind the Use of Common Provocation Tests in Diagnosing Lateral Epicondylagia".

Ms. Dawn Mathers (Honours, University of South Australia)-
"Its only thyroid cancer - A qualitative descriptive study of patients experiences of thyroid cancer"

2012
Mr. Mukul Singla (Honours, University of South Australia)-
"Physiotherapists assessment of Patients psychosocial status - A Qualitative Descriptive Study"

Ms. Olivia Thorpe(Honours, University of South Australia)-
"Self-reported participation in activity two months after hospital admission in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): A pilot cohort study".

Dr. Janine Dizon (PhD, University of South Australia)-
"An evidence-based practice program for physical therapists in the Philippines:
Development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative model of continuing education".


Past
Ms. Rebecca Theile (Honours, University of South Australia)
Ms. Ceclilia Mugaas (Honours, University of South Australia)
Mr. Norman Stomski (Honours, University of South Australia)





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