Doctor Bernadette Brady

Doctor Bernadette Brady

Conjoint Senior Lecturer,
Dean's Unit, School of Health Sciences


Dr Brady is a clinical specialist physiotherapist and SPHERE Clinical Research Fellow in SWSLHD, based at Liverpool Hospital. Clinically, she is a titled Musculoskeletal and Pain Physiotherapist and works clinically in the Department of Pain Medicine at Liverpool Hospital. Dr Brady has research interests promoting equity in healthcare and she completed her PhD through Western Sydney University investigating the ethnocultural influences on the experience of pain and pain management. Her research has led to the development of culturally adapted assessment and treatment approaches for the management of chronic pain among patients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. She continues to pursue research investigating new models of care for partnering with consumers and diverse communities in the area of Pain Medicine, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation.

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  • PhD Western Sydney University

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (2002)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (2016)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Health Sciences


Location: Campbelltown

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Chapters in Books

  • Brady, B., Veljanova, I. and Chipchase, L. (2022), 'Addressing health inequities via community engagement : optimizing pain rehabilitation for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities', Handbook of Social Inclusion: Research and Practices in Health and Social Sciences, Springer 9783030895938.

Journal Articles

  • Genel, F., Harris, I., Pavlovic, N., Lewin, A., Mittal, R., Huang, A., Penm, J., Patanwala, A., Brady, B., Adie, S. and Naylor, J. (2024), 'Does preoperative opioid use predict outcomes to 6 months following primary unilateral knee or hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis? : a data-linked retrospective study', Arthroplasty, vol 6, no 1 .
  • Brady, B., Sidhu, B., Jennings, M., Saberi, G., Tang, C., Hassett, G., Boland, R., Dennis, S., Ashton-James, C., Refshauge, K., Descallar, J., Lim, D., Said, C., Williams, G., Sayed, S. and Naylor, J. (2023), 'The Natural Helper approach to culturally responsive disease management : protocol for a type 1 effectiveness-implementation cluster randomised controlled trial of a cultural mentor programme', BMJ Open, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Brady, B., Sidhu, B., Jennings, M., Boland, R., Hassett, G., Chipchase, L., Tang, C., Yaacoub, S., Pavlovic, N., Sayad, S., Andary, T., Ogul, S. and Naylor, J. (2023), 'The feasibility of implementing a cultural mentoring program alongside pain management and physical rehabilitation for chronic musculoskeletal conditions : results of a controlled before-and-after pilot study', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol 24, no 1 .
  • Pavlovic, N., Brady, B., Boland, R., Harris, I., Flood, V., Genel, F., Gao, M. and Naylor, J. (2023), 'A mixed methods approach to investigating physical activity in people with obesity participating in a chronic care programme awaiting total knee or hip arthroplasty', Musculoskeletal Care, vol 21, no 4 , pp 1447 - 1462.
  • Pavlovic, N., Naylor, J., Boland, R., Harris, I., Flood, V., Genel, F., Gao, M., Hackett, D., Vleeskens, C. and Brady, B. (2023), 'Why do some people with osteoarthritis and obesity awaiting hip or knee arthroplasty achieve successful weight management? : a qualitative study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 32, no 19-20 , pp 7543 - 7559.
  • Naylor, J., Harris, I., Joon, S., Boland, R., Brady, B., Ogul, S. and Mittal, R. (2023), 'Preliminary insights into patient preparedness for knee or hip arthroplasty : a descriptive survey study', BMC Research Notes, vol 16, no 1 .
  • Pavlovic, N., Harris, I., Boland, R., Brady, B., Genel, F. and Naylor, J. (2023), 'The effect of body mass index and preoperative weight loss in people with obesity on postoperative outcomes to 6 months following total hip or knee arthroplasty : a retrospective study', Arthroplasty, vol 5, no 1 .
  • Brady, B., Saberi, G., Santalucia, Y., Gorgees, P., Nguyen, T., Le, H. and Sidhu, B. (2023), '[In Press] 'Without support CALD patients will be left behind' : a mixed-methods exploration of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)', Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, .
  • Nisbet, G., Thompson, T., McAllister, S., Brady, B., Christie, L., Jennings, M., Kenny, B. and Penman, M. (2023), 'From burden to benefit : a multi-site study of the impact of allied health work-based learning placements on patient care quality', Advances in Health Sciences Education, vol 28, no 3 , pp 759 - 791.
  • Brady, B., Andary, T., Pang, S., Dennis, S., Liamputtong, P., Boland, R., Tcharkhedian, E., Jennings, M., Pavlovic, N., Zind, M., Middleton, P. and Chipchase, L. (2021), 'A mixed-methods investigation into patients' decisions to attend an Emergency Department (ED) for chronic pain', Pain Medicine, vol 22, no 10 , pp 2191 - 2206.
  • Zhu, S., Sherrington, C., Jennings, M., Brady, B., Pinheiro, M., Dennis, S., Christie, L., Sidhu, B., Haynes, A., Greaves, C. and Hassett, L. (2021), 'Current practice of physical activity counselling within physiotherapy usual care and influences on its use : a cross-sectional survey', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 18, no 9 .
  • Pavlovic, N., Boland, R., Brady, B., Genel, F., Harris, I., Flood, V. and Naylor, J. (2021), 'Effect of weight-loss diets prior to elective surgery on postoperative outcomes in obesity : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Clinical Obesity, vol 11, no 6 .
  • Yoshikawa, K., Brady, B., Perry, M. and Devan, H. (2020), 'Sociocultural factors influencing physiotherapy management in culturally and linguistically diverse people with persistent pain : a scoping review', Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), vol 107 , pp 292 - 305.
  • Naylor, J., Pavlovic, N., Farrugia, M., Ogul, S., Hackett, D., Wan, A., Adie, S., Brady, B., Gray, L., Wright, R., Nazar, M. and Xuan, W. (2020), 'Associations between pre-surgical daily opioid use and short-term outcomes following knee or hip arthroplasty : a prospective, exploratory cohort study', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol 21, no 1 .
  • Chua, H., Brady, B., Farrugia, M., Pavlovic, N., Ogul, S., Hackett, D., Farag, D., Wan, A., Adie, S., Gray, L., Nazar, M., Xuan, W., Walker, R., Harris, I. and Naylor, J. (2020), 'Implementing early mobilisation after knee or hip arthroplasty to reduce length of stay : a quality improvement study with embedded qualitative component', BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol 21, no 1 .
  • Naylor, J., Mills, K., Pocovi, N., Dennis, S., Hackett, D., Hassett, L., Brady, B., Lewin, A., Adie, S. and Xuan, W. (2019), 'Patient factors associated with weight gain and weight loss after knee or hip arthroplasty', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, vol 13, no 4 , pp 371 - 377.

Previous Projects

Title: The natural helper approach to cultural responsiveness: Fostering sustainable partnerships with CALD community members [via South Western Sydney Local Health District]
  • South West Sydney Research
Western Researchers: Bernadette Brady and Lucy Chipchase
Years: 2019-07-01 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00025851
Title: Improving bone health through use of the Co-designed OsteoPorosis Toolkit for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities (COPT-CALD).
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
Western Researchers: Clarice Tang, David Lim, Steve Frost and Bernadette Brady
Years: 2022-01-10 - 2023-04-30
ID: P00027579
Title: Co-designing a culturally appropriate self-directed home-based management model with the Arabic-speaking community to improve health outcomes from COVID-19
  • NSW Government - Multicultural NSW
Western Researchers: Clarice Tang, Sheree Smith, Felicity Blackstock and Bernadette Brady
Years: 2022-05-22 - 2022-08-30
ID: P00027514

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