Dr Georgina Clutterbuck

Lecturer

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
g.clutterbuck@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69396

Overview

Dr Georgina Clutterbuck is a physiotherapist who is passionate about supporting children with disability to participate in physical recreation and sport. She has worked clinically in government and not-for-profit sectors and in her own private practice and enjoys sharing her real-world experiences with the next generation of physiotherapists to help them develop pragmatic solutions to challenging problems.

Georgina’s research explores the effectiveness of practitioner-led, peer-group sports interventions to support children with disabilities, helping them transition from health-focussed interventions into long-term participation in community sport. She designed and evaluated the Sports Stars intervention for children with cerebral palsy in a Queensland-wide randomised-controlled trial and qualitative follow-up; with the positive results reported in conferences across North America, Europe and Australasia. Her current research explores the effectiveness of practitioner-led, peer-group sports interventions within different cultures and for children with other disabilities.

Research Impacts

Dr Clutterbuck’s work has resulted in Sports Stars trained clinicians providing this intervention in metro and rural areas of Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, and Western Australia as well as in Brazil. She has also provided a number of workshops and mentoring for clinicians wanting to develop their own sports-focussed interventions for children with disabilities which are specific to their geographical and cultural contexts. Georgina's aim is that all children who need support to transition into community sports participation will have access to a program such as Sports Stars in their local community.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • de Sousa Junior, Ricardo Rodrigues, Souto, Deisiane Oliveira, Ferreira, Fabiane Ribeiro, da Silva e Dutra, Fabiana Caetano Martins, Camargos, Ana Cristina Resende, Clutterbuck, Georgina L., Leite, Hércules Ribeiro and Grupo de Estudos Sports Stars Brasil (2023). Percepções dos pais sobre uma intervenção de esportes modificados para crianças com paralisia cerebral. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.15796

  • Fernandes, Amanda Cristina, Souto, Deisiane Oliveira, de Sousa Junior, Ricardo R., Clutterbuck, Georgina L., Virginia Wright, F., de Souza, Mariane Gonçalves, Ferreira, Lidiane Francisca Borges, Rodrigues, Ana Amélia Cardoso, Camargos, Ana Cristina R. and Leite, Hércules R. (2023). Sports Stars Brazil in children with autism spectrum disorder: A feasibility randomized controlled trial protocol. PLoS ONE, 18 (11 November) e0291488, 1-16. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0291488

  • Rodrigues De Sousa Junior, Ricardo, Oliveira Souto, Deisiane, Ribeiro Ferreira, Fabiane, Caetano Martins Da Silva E Dutra, Fabiana, Resende Camargos, Ana Cristina, Clutterbuck, Georgina L. and Ribeiro Leite, Hércules (2023). Parents' perceptions of a modified sports intervention for children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.15795

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Children with conditions such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis participate in less physical activity than their peers. Preliminary research shows that a practitioner-led, peer-group sports intervention (Sports Stars JIA) which combines physiotherapy and psychology, is feasible and acceptable for this population, however feedback indicates that further research into the barriers and subsequent target interventions should be conducted from the perspective of children with chronic pain and their families. This PhD would use a codesign approach to develop and pilot an intervention that can be upscaled for rapid clinical updake across different contexts in Australia.

  • INdicators of Sport and PhysIcal REcreation Participation

    Developing and evaluating the psychometric properties of a self/parent report measure of sport and physical recreation participation for children with disabilities to identify children with low levels of participation who may require intervention, and evaluate the effectiveness of that intervention over time.

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Children with conditions such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis participate in less physical activity than their peers. Preliminary research shows that a practitioner-led, peer-group sports intervention (Sports Stars JIA) which combines physiotherapy and psychology, is feasible and acceptable for this population, however feedback indicates that further research into the barriers and subsequent target interventions should be conducted from the perspective of children with chronic pain and their families. This PhD would use a codesign approach to develop and pilot an intervention that can be upscaled for rapid clinical updake across different contexts in Australia.

  • INdicators of Sport and PhysIcal REcreation Participation

    Developing and evaluating the psychometric properties of a self/parent report measure of sport and physical recreation participation for children with disabilities to identify children with low levels of participation who may require intervention, and evaluate the effectiveness of that intervention over time.

  • Investigating the need for, and effectiveness of, Sports Stars (a practitioner-led, peer-group sports intervention) for children with disability or inpairment in first nations communities in Australia using a codesign approach. This project would particularly suit a first nations student, or someone who has relationships with first nations communities.