# Assoc Prof Jo Connaughton
B.App.SC. (Physiotherapy)
Associate Professor & Clinical Education Coordinator
Phone: 9433 0186
Email: joanne.connaughton@nd.edu.au

Since graduating more than thirty years ago Jo has worked across a wide range of clinical areas in various settings and practiced in almost all aspects of physiotherapy. Jo has worked in tertiary hospitals, private practice, community and rural settings across all age groups. This vast wealth of clinical experience assists her in the position of Clinical Coordinator with the School of Physiotherapy.

During her time as senior physiotherapist and discipline coordinator in a mental health setting Jo organised and chaired a forum of Physiotherapists working in Mental Health to allow for discussion and development of physiotherapy and mental health in WA. She was selected by the APA to chair the working party to develop the APA position statement on physiotherapy and mental health.

Setting up and running a private practice for ten years in the remote Pilbara town of Newman fostered a passion for rural practice which is shared with all students. Jo is invited to speak annually to the WAALHIIBE (Western Australian Allied Health Interested In Bush Experience) both as the clinical coordinator and on experiences as a rural clinician. 

Career / Education / Teaching / Current Research / Publications / Memberships & Affiliations


October 2007 – present Clinical Coordinator – School of Physiotherapy, University of Notre Dame Australia. Lecturer in Clinical Education
May 2006 – October 2007 Discipline Coordinator Physiotherapy, Mental Health Services, Fremantle Hospital
May 2002 – May 2006 Senior Physiotherapist, Adult Mental Health Program, Alma Street Centre, Fremantle
April 2000 – May 2002 Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (Senior), Therapy Focus
1991 – April 2000 Principal Physiotherapist, Newman Physiotherapy
1990 Senior Physiotherapist, Newman District Hospital
1983 – 1990 Locum work at:

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Nursing Homes
  • Private Practices
  • Community Physiotherapy Programmes

1982 - 1983 Royal Perth Hospital

1979 – 1982 Rocky Bay Village
1978 – 1979 Hollywood Repatriation Hospital


2011 Commenced - Graduate certificate in Acute Mental Health - The University of Notre Dame Australia
2009 Completed Graduate Certificate in University Teaching - The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle
2004 Mental State Assessment training – Fremantle Hospital
Alcohol and Other Drug Key Worker Training – WA Drug and Alcohol Office 
2003 Diabetes management course – Fremantle Hospital
1997 Functional Capacity Evaluation Training – Workhab Australia
1997 Certificate in Small Business Management - Hedland College
1978 B. App. SCC (Physio) - Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth



  • Co-ordinate PHTY224
  • Assist with PHTY 111
  • Clinical Preparation Units PHTY412,PHTY422, PHTY432, PHTY442
  • Clinical Supervision Workshops – metropolitan and rural

2003 – 2007 Guest lectures at Curtin on Physiotherapy and Mental Health
Prepare and provide professional development for clinical staff
2000-2002 Running tutorials for Curtin students
Preparation of academic module for post graduate paediatric programme
Prepare and provide professional development for clinical staff

2000-2007 Clinical Supervisor to Curtin students doing placements at Therapy Focus and Fremantle Hospital


Current research

Along with Clinical Education Team “Exploring the relevance of undergraduate reflective journaling to reflective professional practice amongst employed new graduate physiotherapist”

Supervising Honours candidate UNDA “Are There Associations Between Fatigue, Physical Activity, Sleep Quality and Pain in People with Mental Illness? A Longitudinal Pilot Study”

Associate researcher for Masters Student UWA. “Physiotherapy Student Learning Experiences on Clinical Placement in Western Australia”


     Connaughton, J., Edgar, S. (2011). Framework for Reflective practice. Focus on Health Professional  Education: a Multi-Disciplinary Journal, 12 (3), 89-93.

Memberships and Affiliations

Australian Registered Physiotherapist (AHPRA)
Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association
Founding member WA Physiotherapists in Mental Health Forum
Chair of WA Physiotherapists in Mental Health Forum
Member of board of management of Fremantle Women’s Health Centre