Deirdre McGhee

Keynote Speaker, Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema

Associate Professor, University of Wollongong, NSW

    Deirdre McGhee is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong and also an APA Sports Physiotherapist, co-director of Breast Research Australia (University of Wollongong) and Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia.


    Deirdre has been teaching musculoskeletal anatomy for over 30 years and exercise rehabilitation for over 20 years. She has a passion to improve the application of musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics to all aspects of physiotherapy.  Deirdre has been researching breast health biomechanics and the effect breasts have on the musculoskeletal system for the past 18 years. She has a particular interest in the physical side-effects following all types of breast cancer surgery and the physical rehabilitation provided to women after all types of breast cancer surgery. Her research has investigated how the physical recovery from breast cancer surgery effects the ability of women to participate in physical activity and resume their sport, work and daily tasks.


    Deirdre’s research into breast support and bra fit during physical activity has been translated into community-based educational resources: “Exercise and breast support” (guidelines for Sports Medicine Australia) and the web-based resource “Sports bra”.