Postoperative pulmonary complications: killers, costs, and how physiotherapy can save the day


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The Department of Physiotherapy, Monash University is pleased to announce the following upcoming seminar entitled: 

"Postoperative pulmonary complications: killers, costs, and how physiotherapy can save the day"

This seminar aims to provide an update on recent advances and innovative approaches to managing respiratory risk in the post-operative patient. The presentation will review emerging scientific literature, including patient risk stratification, healthcare impact and the case for physiotherapy. The presenters will also outline current national and international trials in this area and opportunities for involvement in current research.


Dr Rebecca Lane

Dr Lane is a Physiotherapist, Academic and Researcher and Head of Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy at Monash University for 12 years. She completed her PhD on predicting pulmonary risk following upper abdominal surgery in 2005 and has an ongoing passion to improve morbidity and mortality outcomes in the abdominal surgery population through clinically focussed research. She currently supervises a number of PhD, MPhil and advanced research (honours) students in critical care, surgical and chronic health cardiorespiratory research areas. She has successfully partnered with national and international collaborative teams employing a variety of educational and clinically focussed research methods, including qualitative, quantitative, quality of life and health economic measures. Dr Lane is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences in the fields of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and education.

Ianthe Boden

Ianthe currently co-ordinates the Department of Anaesthetics Abdominal Surgery Research Group and is Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Supervisor at the Launceston General Hospital. Ianthe has a clinical Masters in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and is completing her PhD on preventing respiratory complications following major abdominal surgery. Ianthe’s research has won major awards including the Jill Nosworthy Award for excellence in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy research, the Graeme Duffy Award from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and Best Paper at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) congress. Ianthe recently completed the largest ever physiotherapy-focused international, multi-centre randomised controlled trial in abdominal surgery (LIPPSMAck-POP), and is currently principal investigator on two other abdominal surgery randomised trials (ICEAGE and NIPPER PLUS), and an international multicentre observational trial (CHESTY) which has over 35 collaborating centres across 7 countries.


Any health professionals interested in cardiorespiratory medicine, including physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, respiratory nurses, medical doctors, anaesthetists, surgeons, researchers, students.


The format will be a lecture-style presentation plus open discussion with emphasis on the implications for clinical practice and future research. Light refreshments will be available.


6:00 - 7:30pm, Thursday 3rd August, 2017.


'The Peninsula Room' (room 3.14) - Level 3, Monash Physical Activity and Recreation Centre (Building W), Peninsula Campus Monash University. Parking is free of charge after 5pm in the Blue permit area located at the rear of Building W. Refer map ( or Peninsula home page ( for further information.

We look forward to welcoming you at this exciting session!

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