Samantha Bunzli

Invited Speaker, Pain/Musculoskeletal

Dr, Griffith University/Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, QLD

    Dr Samantha Bunzli is a senior research fellow in Physiotherapy who holds a conjoint position between the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Griffith University and the Physiotherapy Department at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

    In her program of musculoskeletal research, Dr Bunzli engages stakeholder (patient, clinician, community) voices through qualitative methods. Her research investigating the beliefs, behaviours and treatment experiences of people with persistent pain has advanced person-centred communication in musculoskeletal care and informed the design and implementation of interventions that meet patient needs and preferences.

    Dr Bunzli has presented as keynote at national and international conferences on cognitive behavioural aspects of musculoskeletal pain. She has published >80 journal articles, 3 book chapters and has contributed to a training manual on evidence-based communication in osteoarthritis care. Her research is supported by $11 million in grant funding from the NHMRC, MRFF, Commonwealth Govt and Arthritis Australia.