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Assoc. Prof. Ian Wellwood Name: Assoc. Prof. Ian Wellwood
Associate Professor (Physiotherapy)
+613 5336 5341
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Allied Health (VIC)
Sisters of Mercy Lecture Theatre(Bldg.109 - 1200 Mair Street, Lake Wendouree, VIC 3350)-Ground-RoomG.05
Biographical Information

Ian Wellwood is a physiotherapist with over 20 years experience as a clinical academic.

He has a MPhil (University of Edinburgh, UK) and PhD (University of Glasgow, UK) in clinical neurosciences and has worked extensively with people with long-term health conditions, in particular stroke and acquired brain injury. 

He is an experienced researcher and educator working in rehabilitation, health service and public health research in the UK and Europe. He was awarded a Hermann Oppenheim Scholarhip at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany and was College Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK before migrating to Australia. Ian is Australian Catholic University's Research and Research Training Co-ordinator in the School of Allied Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, based in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He is engaged in collaborative projects and currently supervises several students' research.





Peer reviewed journals (selected)

Holland S, Wellwood I, Kuys SS. Effect of abnormal body weight on mortality and functional recovery in adults after stroke: an umbrella review. International Journal of Stroke. 20230(ja). doi:10.1177/17474930231212972 (in press)

Browning, S., Holland, S., Wellwood, I., & Bilney, B. (2023). Spatiotemporal Gait Parameters in Adults with Premanifest and Manifest Huntington's Disease: A Systematic Review. Journal of Movement Disorders16(3), 307&ndash320.

Beks H, King O, Clapham R, Alston L, Glenister K, McKinstry C, Quilliam C, Wellwood I, Williams C, Wong Shee A
Community Health Programs Delivered Through Information and Communications Technology in High-Income Countries: Scoping Review
J Med Internet Res 202224(3):e26515  URL:  DOI: 10.2196/26515

Hartley P, Romero-Ortuno R, Wellwood I, Deaton C. Changes in muscle strength and physical function in older patients during and after hospitalisation: a prospective repeated-measures cohort study. Age Ageing. 2021 Jan 850(1):153-160. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afaa103. PMID: 32902637

Hossain MZ, Chew-Graham CA, Sowden E, Blakeman T, Wellwood I, Tierney S, Deaton C. Challenges in the management of people with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) in primary care: A qualitative study of general practitioner perspectives. Chronic Illn. 2021 Jan 5:1742395320983871. doi: 10.1177/1742395320983871. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33401942

Early F, Wilson PM, Deaton C, Wellwood I, Haque HW, Fox SE, Yousaf A, Meysner OD, Ward JR, Singh SJ, Fuld JP. Pulmonary rehabilitation referral and uptake from primary care for people living with COPD: a mixed-methods study. ERJ Open Res. 2020 Feb 176(1):00219-2019. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00219-2019. eCollection 2020 Jan. PMID: 32083112

Sowden E, Hossain M, Chew-Graham C, Blakeman T, Tierney S, Wellwood I, Rosa F, Deaton C. Understanding the management of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: a qualitative multiperspective study. Br J Gen Pract. 2020 Nov 2670(701):e880-e889. doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X713477. Print 2020 Dec. PMID: 33139334

Walter FM, Thompson MJ, Wellwood I, Abel GA, Hamilton W, Johnson M, Lyratzopoulos G, Messenger MP, Neal RD, Rubin G, Singh H, Spencer A, Sutton S, Vedsted P, Emery JD. Evaluating diagnostic strategies for early detection of cancer: the CanTest framework. BMC Cancer. 2019 Jun 1419(1):586. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-5746-6. PMID: 31200676

Rankin G, Summers R, Cowan K, Barker K, Button K, Carroll SP, Fashanu B, Moran F, O'Neill B, Ten Hove R, Waterfield J, Westwater-Wood S, Wellwood I James Lind Alliance (JLA) Physiotherapy Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) Steering Group. Identifying Priorities for Physiotherapy Research in the UK: the James Lind Alliance Physiotherapy Priority Setting Partnership. Physiotherapy. 2020 Jun107:161-168. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2019 Jul 29. PMID: 32026816

Early F, Wilson P, Deaton C, Wellwood I, Dickerson T, Ward J, Jongepier L, Barlow R, Singh S, Stockwell J, Benson J, Brimicombe J, Kim L, Haque H, Fuld J. Developing an intervention to increase REferral and uptake TO pulmonary REhabilitation in primary care in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (the REsTORE study): mixed methods study protocol.  BMJ Open. 2019 Jan 219(1):e024806. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024806. PMID: 30670521 PMCID: PMC6347857.

Early F, Wellwood I, Kuhn I, Deaton C, Fuld J. Interventions to increase referral and uptake to pulmonary rehabilitation in people with COPD: a systematic review. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2018, 13:3571-3586

Neumann, K., Grittner, U., Piper, S. K., Rex, A., Florez-Vargas, O., Karystianis, G., Schneider, A., Wellwood, I., Siegerink, B., Ioannidis, J. P., Kimmelman, J., &hellip Dirnagl, U. (2017). Increasing efficiency of preclinical research by group sequential designs. PLoS Biology, 15(3), e2001307. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2001307

Hotter, B., Padberg I.,  Liebenau A., Knispel P., Heel S.,  Steube D., Wissel J., Wellwood I. , and Meisel A.. Identifying Unmet Needs in Long-Term Stroke Care Using in-Depth Assessment and the Post-Stroke Checklist &ndash The Managing Aftercare for Stroke (MAS-I) Study. European Stroke Journal 3, no. 3 (September 2018): 237&ndash45. doi:10.1177/2396987318771174.

Pindus DM, Mullis R, Lim L, Wellwood I, Rundell AV, Abd Aziz NA, et al. (2018) Stroke survivors' and informal caregivers' experiences of primary care and community healthcare services &ndash A systematic review and meta-ethnography. PLoS ONE 13(2): e0192533. 

Nolte CH, Erdur H, Grittner U, Schneider A, Piper SK, Scheitz JF, Wellwood I, Bath PM, Diener HC, Lees KR, Endres M VISTA collaborators. Impact of heart rate on admission on mortality and morbidity in acute ischaemic stroke patients &ndash results from VISTA. Eur J Neurol. 2016 Dec23(12):1750-1756. doi: 10.1111/ene.13115.

Fleming MK, Sorinola IO, Roberts-Lewis SF, Wolfe CD, Wellwood I, Newham DJ. The effect of combined somatosensory stimulation and task-specific training on upper limb function in chronic stroke: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Feb29(2):143-52. doi: 10.1177/1545968314533613

Otal B, Olma MC, Flöel A, Wellwood I. Inhibitory non-invasive brain stimulation to homologous language regions as an adjunct to speech and language therapy in post-stroke aphasia: a meta-analysis. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Apr 289:236. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00236. eCollection 2015

Ayis S,  Wellwood I,  Rudd AG,  McKevitt C, Parkin D, Wolfe CDA.  Variations in Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and survival 1 year after stroke: five European population-based registers. BMJ Open  20155:e007101  doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007101 


My research has covered the following areas and has used a range of methodologies including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials qualitative research, surveys and cohort studies. (See Publications for details).

  • Rehabilitation of long term conditions, in particular stroke, heart failure and COPD
  • Physiotherapy
  • Implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Public Health research in particular Health Services Research and epidemiology of stroke
  • Palliative care
  • Systematic reviews and review methodology

If you are interested in developing industry partnerships or collaborative funding bids please get in contact.

Ian is a Higher Degree Supervisor. Potential Higher Degree through Research (HDR) / PhD candidates can contact Ian to discuss opportunities for supervision.


Professional Memberships


Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

Registered Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK)

Registered The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), UK


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