Nadine Foster

Keynote Speaker, Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Professor, STARS Hospital, QLD

    Nadine is a physiotherapist, lifetime Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK, and previous National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator and NIHR Research Professor in the UK. She has recently moved to the role of Professor and Director of Education and Research at STARS, an alliance between the University of Queensland, Metro North Hospital and Health System (HHS) in Queensland, (STARS is the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service, the newest public hospital in Brisbane). She leads the Research and Education portfolio within STARS, including a team of conjoint appointments between the University and HHS, across the disciplines of physiotherapy, nursing, speech therapy and occupational therapy, interdisciplinary education and research management.

    Until 2020 Nadine lead a programme of musculoskeletal pain research at Keele University in the UK, serving as the School Research Director for the School of Allied Health Professions and the Director of Keele University’s Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), a nationally registered CTU in receipt of NIHR UKCRC Support funding.

    Her research focuses on musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain and osteoarthritis, and she has a particular interest in developing, testing and implementing treatments and health services. She has led or collaborated on more than 22 randomised trials, attracting over £43 million in research funding from, for example, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Versus Arthritis, the Medical Research Council, PCORI in the USA and the NHMRC in Australia.

    She has supervised 14 PhD students to completion and led or contributed to 220 peer reviewed publications, including the recent internationally recognised Lancet Series on Low Back Pain in 2018.