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Assoc. Prof. Jane Butler Name: Assoc. Prof. Jane Butler
Associate Professor
+612 9739 2257
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
National School of Allied Health
North Sydney
Caroline Chisholm House(Bldg.533 - 33 Berry Street, North Sydney NSW 2060)-Level 6-Room6.37
Biographical Information

Associate Professor Jane Butler (SFHEA)

PhD, MTertEdMgmt, MEd, GradDipAppSci, DipPhys

I  currently hold the roles of Head of Discipline Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health,  National Post-graduate Course Coordinator and National Physiotherapy Undergraduate Course Coordinator. I have over 30 years experience in the higher education sector and have been involved with the development and implementation of curriculum into undergraduate and graduate physiotherapy programs at the University of Sydney and ACU. I have collaborated in and led learning and teaching projects and successful grant acquisitions contributing to the scholarship of learning and teaching.  Through team collaboration, I was awarded an  ACU Vice Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award (2018) and a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2021.

I have experience and an ongoing commitment to professional development in physiotherapy in scholarship of learning and teaching, leadership and management and have developed course review and accreditation processes with strong and continuing links with professional bodies.









  • Stoikov, S., Maxwell, L., Shardlow, K., Gooding, M., Butler, J., & Kuys, S. (2023). Exploration of the contribution of physiotherapy students to the delivery of health services: a qualitative study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 1-9.
  • Stoikov, S., Gooding, M., Shardlow, K., Maxwell, L., Butler, J., & Kuys, S. (2023). A collaborative clinical placement model for physiotherapy students results in equivalent (or greater) direct patient care activity than that delivered by physiotherapists alone: an observational study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice39(1), 1-9.
  • Doumit M, Cox A, Butler J, Luxton N, Jaffe A, Chuang S. Parent-Collected Oropharyngeal Swabs in Cystic Fibrosis. Pediatrics. 2021 Nov 2:e2021053822. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-053822. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34814163.
  • Stoikov S, Gooding M, Shardlow K, Maxwell L, Butler J, Kuys S. Changes in direct patient care from physiotherapy student to new graduate. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2021 Feb37(2):323-330. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2019.1628138. Epub 2019 Jun 11. PMID: 31184518.
  • Susan Stoikov, Lyndal Maxwell, Jane Butler, Kassie Shardlow, Mark Gooding & Suzanne Kuys (2020) The transition from physiotherapy student to new graduate: are they prepared? Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2020.1744206
  • Butler J (2020) Learning to lead: a discussion of development programs for academic leadership capability in Australian Universities, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 42:4, 424-437, DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2019.1701855.
  • Kwah Li, K., Green, J., Butler, J., Lam, L. (2019) Quality of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Limb Amputations: A Systematic Review, Physical Therapy, Volume 99, Issue 5, May 2019, Pages 577&ndash590,
  • Ashley N Pitcher, Michael A Doumit, Meghan Hutchence, John Widger, Kristi Jones, Jane M Butler. (2018) Parent, child and physiotherapist perceptions of effectiveness of parent performed manually assisted cough on children with neuromuscular disease. Rehabilitation and Process Outcome. Vol.7:1-6. Epub 2018 Oct 1.
  • Kan A, Butler J, Hutchence M, Jones K, Widger J, Doumit M. (2018) Teaching manually assisted coughs to parents of children with neuromuscular disease. Respiratory Care Dec63(12):1520-1527. doi: 10.4187/respcare.06213. Epub 2018 Sep 25.
  • Cochrane KA, Butler JM, Rowland TP (2018) An Investigation of Potential Factors Leading to Shoulder Injury in Adolescent Rugby Union Players: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Athl Enhanc 7:1. doi: 10.4172/2324-9080.1000284
  • Rowland TP, Butler JM, Cochrane KA (2017) A Screening Test to Determine Shoulder Stability in Adolescent Male Rugby Union Players: A Feasibility Study. J Athl Enhanc 6:2.
  • Chiu, H-C, Ada L, Butler J, Coulson S (2011) Characteristics of associated reactions in people with hemiplegic cerebral palsy&rsquo Physiotherapy Research International 16, 3: 125&ndash132.
  • Verschuren O, Ketelaar M, Keefer D, Wright D, Butler J, Ada L, Maher C, Reid S, Wright M, Dalziel B, Wiart L, Fowler E, Unnithan V, Maltais D, van den Berg-Emons R, Takken T (2011) Core-set development of exercise tests in children with CP: a Delphi survey of researchers and clinicians. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 53(5):449-456.
  • Butler JM, Scianni AA, Ada LM (2010) Effect of cardiorespiratory training on aerobic fitness and carryover to activity in children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. 2:97-103.
  • Hsiu-Ching Chiu, Ada LM, Butler JM, Coulson S (2010) Relative contribution of motor impairments to limitations in activity and restrictions in participation in adults with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Clinical Rehabilitation 24(5):454-62.
  • Ada L, Butler J, Scianni A, Texeira-Salmela L (2009) Integrate research results and clinical judgement. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 55(4):292.
  • Scianni AA, Butler JM, Ada LM, Teixeira-Salmela LF (2009). Muscle strengthening is not effective in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 55: 81-87.
  • Hsiu-Ching Chiu, Louise Ada, Susan Coulson, Jane Butler (2008) The relative contribution of motor impairments to limitation in physical activity (disability) and participation in people with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology Supplement 50: 50-57.



I have research interests in:

  • Physical activity in typically-developing children
  • Physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in children with cerebral palsy
  • Developmental coordination disorder in childhood
  • Musculoskeletal and sports injuries in childhood
  • Problem based and case-based scenario teaching and learning
  • Curriculum development and design in physiotherapy
  • Good practice in assessment in physiotherapy curricula
Professional Memberships

Australian Physiotherapy Association


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