Associate Professor Joanne Connaughton
B.App.Sc. (Physiotherapy)
Clinical Coordinator

Phone: 9433 0186

Associate Professor Joanne Connaughton is the Clinical Coordinator of the Clinical Education Programme at the School of Physiotherapy. Her clinical practice spans over 30 years and she has practiced in almost all aspects of physiotherapy including rural and remote in the north of WA. This extensive background has been pivotal in helping her to continue to develop and grow the clinical education programme as the School of Physiotherapy has grown.

Jo has two main areas of interest - clinical education and physiotherapy in mental health, having worked for 5 years as senior physiotherapist and discipline coordinator in an acute mental health setting. She was invited to assist with development the APA position statement on physiotherapy and mental health and has written articles for the APA In Motion magazine on this topic.

Key areas of research in clinical education include use of reflective practice to assist with transition from student to graduate and simulation in the clinical placement context. The Clinical Education Team was awarded an OLT citation in 2012 for developing and scaffolding reflective practice skills in an online environment to promote independent work-ready graduates.

In her research in physiotherapy and psychiatry Jo is hoping to demonstrate the important role physiotherapists working in this field provide for holistic patient care. One area of this research is exploring the attitudes of physiotherapists and physiotherapy students toward mental health and psychiatry. The other is investigating headaches experienced by people with psychotic illness.
Teaching Areas
Clinical Education
Mental Health
Research Expertise and Supervision
Clinical Education
Mental Health and Physiotherapy


Research and engagement

Book Chapters
Connaughton, J., Edgar, S. (2014) Assessing WIL in Ferns, S (ed.) Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum HERDSA Guide, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc, Milperra NSW
Journal Articles and Proceedings
  • Connaughton, J., Edgar, S. (2011). Framework for Reflective practice. Focus on Health Professional Education: a Multi-Disciplinary Journal, 12 (3), 89-93.
  • Edgar, S., Connaughton, J., (2014) Exploring the Role and Skill set of Physiotherapy Clinical Educators in Work Integrated Learning, Asia-Pacific Journal for Cooperative Education 15(1) 29-36
  • Edgar, S., Francis-Coad, J. & Connaughton, J. (2013) Undergraduate reflective journaling in work integrated learning: Is it relevant to professional practice? Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 14(3), 147-156
  • Connaughton J; Patman S; Pardoe C, (2013) Are there associations among physical activity, fatigue, sleep quality and pain in people with mental illness? A pilot study. Journal Of Psychiatric And Mental Health Nursing 1365-2850
Conference Papers
In the Media
Physiotherapy in mental health
Professional Affiliations
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australian Collaborative Education Network
International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Mental Health
2012 Office of Teaching and Learning (OLT) Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning ($10000): The Notre Dame School of Physiotherapy Clinical Education Team (J Connaughton S Edgar and J Francis-Coad) for developing and scaffolding reflective practice skills in an online environment to promote independent work-ready graduates.