Professor Felicity Blackstock

Professor Felicity Blackstock

Director, Learning & Teaching and DAP Physiotherapy,
Science (SoSH)

Director, Learning & Teaching and DAP Physiotherapy,
Science (SoSH)

Professor in Physiotherapy,
Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

Professor in Physiotherapy,
Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

Biography

Dr Felicity Blackstock has an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy, and has been involved in clinical practice, research and teaching since its completion in 2001.  Her expertise area of physiotherapy practice is cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, and she has a particular interest in patient education, completing her PhD examining the role of education in pulmonary rehabilitation.  While at La Trobe University, Felicity was the Entry-level Course Coordinator and Head of Department of Physiotherapy, leading the discipline since late 2013.  In addition to her clinical research and practice, Felicity also has a passion for the scholarship of teaching and learning, in particular using simulation based education pedagogy.  She was awarded an Australian OLT citation in 2015 for pioneering simulation education design in physiotherapy.  Felicity’s research interests are innovation in tertiary education to improve student learning experience, motivational interviewing and patient education for behaviour change in chronic disease, and physiotherapy management of cardiorespiratory dysfunction.  

This information has been contributed by Professor Blackstock.

Qualifications

  • Phd La Trobe University
  • BPhysio(Hons) La Trobe University

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (1999 - 2010)
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (2011 - 2016)
  • American Thoracic Society (2015 - 2016)
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare (2006 - 2014)

Awards

  • Australian Award for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2015-09-22
  • Research Award, Society for Simulation in Healthcare 2012-01-18
  • La Trobe University Citation for Excellence in Teaching 2013-11-20
  • La Trobe University Citation for Excellence in Teaching 2014-11-12
  • Elizabeth Ellis Young Investigator Award, Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia 2011-10-18
  • Education and Leadership Research Award, Australian Physiotherapy Association 2011-10-19
  • Anne Woolcock Young Investigator Award Finalist, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand 2011-04-20
  • Physiotherapy Award, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand 2011-04-20

Interests

  • Patient education and health behaviour change, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, adult learning, simulation based education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Science (SoSH)
  • Science (SoSH)
  • Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health
  • Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

Contact

Email: F.Blackstock@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3487
Mobile: 0478626203
Location: 24.2.116
Campbelltown
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400982 Core Competencies in Physiotherapy Practice, 2016
  • 401054 Clinical Education E (Advanced Care), 2016
  • 401049 Complex Cases and Professional Issues, 2016

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Blackstock, F. and Pritchard, S. (2015), 'Skills development in person-centred physiotherapy', Simulated Patient Methodology: Theory, Evidence and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell 9781118761007.

Journal Articles

  • Smith, S., Chaudhary, K. and Blackstock, F. (2019), 'Concordant evidence-based interventions in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, vol 39, no 1 , pp 9 - 18.
  • Tang, C., Blackstock, F., O'Halloran, P., Aldcroft, S. and Taylor, N. (2019), '[In Press] A standard form of cardiac rehabilitation can improve self-reported positive behavior changes in the short- to medium-term', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, .
  • Te, M., Blackstock, F., Fryer, C., Gardner, P., Geary, L., Kuys, S., McPherson, K., Nahon, I., Tang, C., Taylor, L., Van Kessel, G., van der Zwan, K. and Chipchase, L. (2019), 'Predictors of self-perceived cultural responsiveness in entry-level physiotherapy students in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand', BMC Medical Education, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Tang, Y., Southcott, A., Barker, K., Pazsa, F., Skinner, E. and Blackstock, F. (2018), 'Commencement of pulmonary rehabilitation during hospital admission increases rates of attendance among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) : randomised controlled trial', Respirology, vol 23, no Suppl. 1 , pp 122 - 122.
  • Blackstock, F., Webster, K., McDonald, C. and Hill, C. (2018), 'Self-efficacy predicts success in an exercise training-only model of pulmonary rehabilitation for people with COPD', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, vol 38, no 5 , pp 333 - 341.
  • Chipchase, L., Blackstock, F., Patman, S. and Barnett-Harris, A. (2018), 'Keep the momentum going : pushing the boundaries of clinical learning and assessment', Journal of Physiotherapy, vol 64, no 4 , pp 205 - 207.
  • Donner, C., Raskin, J., ZuWallack, R., Nici, L., Ambrosino, N., Balbi, B., Blackstock, F., Casaburi, R., Dreher, M., Effing, T., Goldstein, R., Krishnan, J., Lareau, S., Make, B., Maltais, F., Meek, P., Morgan, M., Pepin, J., Rabbito, C. and Williams, L. (2018), 'Incorporating telemedicine into the integrated care of the COPD patient : a summary of an interdisciplinary workshop held in Stresa, Italy, 7-8 September 2017', Respiratory Medicine, vol 143 , pp 91 - 102.
  • Liang, Z., Blackstock, F., Howard, P., Briggs, D., Leggat, S., Wollersheim, D., Edvardsson, D. and Rahman, A. (2018), 'An evidence-based approach to understanding the competency development needs of the health service management workforce in Australia', BMC Health Services Research, vol 18 .
  • Lareau, S. and Blackstock, F. (2018), '[In Press] Functional status measures for the COPD patient : a practical categorization', Chronic Respiratory Disease, vol 16 , pp 1 - 31.
  • Chipchase, L., Davidson, M., Blackstock, F., Bye, R., Clothier, P., Klupp, N., Nickson, W., Turner, D. and Williams, M. (2017), 'Conceptualising and measuring student disengagement in higher education : a synthesis of the literature', International Journal of Higher Education, vol 6, no 2 , pp 31 - 42.
  • Leahy, E., Chipchase, L. and Blackstock, F. (2017), 'Which learning activities enhance physiotherapy practice? : a systematic review protocol of quantitative and qualitative studies', Systematic Reviews, vol 6, no 1 .
  • Pritchard, S., Blackstock, F., Keating, J. and Nestel, D. (2017), 'The pillars of well-constructed simulated patient programs : a qualitative study with experienced educators', Medical Teacher, vol 39, no 11 , pp 1159 - 1167.
  • Barradell, S., Blackstock, F., Tang, Y. and Leo, J. (2017), '"Being absorbed in that environment... it's just so beneficial" : the experiences of physiotherapy students in a situated learning pilot study', International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, vol 5, no 1 , pp 12 - 23.
  • O'Halloran, P., Sheilds, N., Blackstock, F., Wintle, E. and Taylor, N. (2016), 'Motivational interviewing increases physical activity and self-efficacy in people living in the community after hip fracture : a randomized controlled trial', Clinical Rehabilitation, vol 30, no 11 , pp 1108 - 1119.
  • Blackstock, F., ZuWallack, R., Nici, L. and Lareau, S. (2016), 'Why don't our patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease listen to us? : the enigma of nonadherence', Annals of the American Thoracic Society, vol 13, no 3 , pp 317 - 323.
  • Wright, A., Moss, P., Watson, K., Rue, S., Jull, G., Mandrusiak, A., Reubenson, A., Chipchase, L., Blackstock, F. and et al, .. (2015), 'A profession-wide collaboration to embed role-play simulation into Australian entry-level physiotherapy clinical training', Physiotherapy, vol 101, no suppl. 1 , pp 1047 - 1047.
  • Blackstock, F., Webster, K., McDonald, C. and Hill, C. (2014), 'Comparable improvements achieved in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease through pulmonary rehabilitation with and without a structured educational intervention : a randomized controlled trial', Respirology, vol 19, no 2 , pp 193 - 202.
  • O'Halloran, P., Blackstock, F., Shields, N., Holland, A., Iles, R., Kingsley, M., Bernhardt, J., Lannin, N., Morris, M. and Taylor, N. (2014), 'Motivational interviewing to increase physical activity in people with chronic health conditions : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Clinical Rehabilitation, vol 28, no 12 , pp 1159 - 1171.
  • Tang, Y., Taylor, N., McDonald, C. and Blackstock, F. (2014), 'Level of adherence to the GOLD strategy document for management of patients admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation of COPD', Respirology, vol 19, no 8 , pp 1191 - 1197.
  • Blackstock, F., Watson, K., Morris, N., Jones, A., Wright, A., McMeeken, J., Rivett, D., O'Connor, V., Peterson, R., Haines, T., Watson, G. and Jull, G. (2013), 'Simulation can contribute a part of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy clinical education : two randomized trials', Simulation in Healthcare, vol 8, no 1 , pp 32 - 42.
  • Tang, Y., Taylor, N. and Blackstock, F. (2013), 'Patients admitted with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease had positive experiences exercising from the beginning of their hospital stay : a qualitative analysis', Chronic Respiratory Disease, vol 10, no 4 , pp 197 - 205.
  • Watson, K., Wright, A., Morris, N., McMeeken, J., Rivett, D., Blackstock, F., Jones, A., Haines, T., O'Connor, V., Watson, G., Peterson, R. and Jull, G. (2012), 'Can simulation replace part of clinical time? : two parallel randomised controlled trials', Medical Education, vol 46, no 7 , pp 657 - 667.
  • Tang, Y., Blackstock, F., Clarence, M. and Taylor, N. (2012), 'Early rehabilitation exercise program for inpatients during an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease : a randomized controlled trial', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, vol 32, no 3 , pp 163 - 169.
  • Aldcroft, S., Taylor, N., Blackstock, F. and O'Halloran, P. (2011), 'Psychoeducational rehabilitation for health behavior change in coronary artery disease : a systematic review of controlled trials', Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, vol 31, no 5 , pp 273 - 281.
  • Jull, G., Watson, K., Blackstock, F., Morris, N., Wright, A., Rivett, D., McMeeken, J., Jones, A., Haines, T., O'Connor, V. and Peterson, R. (2011), 'Can simulated learning environments successfully augment traditional clinical immersion in the education of physiotherapy students? : a randomised controlled trial', Physiotherapy, vol 97, no suppl. 1 , pp 572 - 573.
  • Tang, Y., Taylor, N. and Blackstock, F. (2010), 'Chest physiotherapy for patients admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) : a systematic review', Physiotherapy, vol 96, no 1 , pp 1 - 13.

Conference Papers

  • Pritchard, S., Blackstock, F., Nestel, D. and Keating, J. (2016), 'Simulated patients in physical therapy education : systematic review and meta-analysis', International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, San Diego, Calif..
  • Barradell, S., Mastwyk, S., McConville, J., Tang, Y., Leo, J. and Blackstock, F. (2015), 'From clinical physiotherapist to classroom educator : a pilot project', Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Gold Coast, Qld..

Grants

Western Health Research Grant 2016: When is the optimal time to implement pulmonary rehabilitation for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Building Healthy Communities (La Trobe University Research Focus Area Grant) 2015: "Healthcare manager competencies in hospital and community health services in Australia"

Health Workforce Australia: 2013-2014 ($6.27 million).  Embedding Simulation in Physiotherapy Education.

La Trobe University Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) Re-Entry Initiative 2014

School of Allied Health Research Grant (La Trobe University) 2014 Pilot trial of dispersed clinical school model of education for entry-level physiotherapy training.

Physical Activity and Rehabilitation Research Focus Group (La Trobe University) 2013 Motivational interviewing to increase physical activity in people following fractured neck of femur

Physical Activity and Rehabilitation Research Focus Group (La Trobe University) 2012 Motivational interviewing to increase physical activity in people with chronic health conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Health Workforce Australia: National Simulated Learning Project 2010

Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage Project 2008-2010: Innovations for clinical education of physiotherapy students

Nicole Turney Memorial Award (Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia, Australia Physiotherapy Association) recipient 2007: "Simulation for Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Education"

Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant for Early Academics, January 2006: to investigate the potential applications of simulation to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy education – travel to USA, attendance at International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare 2006.

This information has been contributed by Professor Blackstock.

Current Projects

Title: Does a simulated clinical assessment of Australian Physiotherapy Council international registration candidates predict performance in a standard 'real-life' clinical assessment in the same practice area?
Funder:
  • Australian Physiotherapy Council
Western Researchers: Felicity Blackstock
Years: 2017-07-01 - 2019-06-15
ID: P00024119

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