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Dr Joanne Bullock-Saxton

Dr Joanne Bullock-Saxton is gifted in both the arts and sciences. She is a talented painter and loves to cook and garden. Joanne is one of our most experienced and accomplished physiotherapists who brings expert knowledge, wisdom and dedication to clinical excellence in physiotherapy.   

Joanne is one of Active’s senior leaders and team clinical mentors. During a career spanning more than three decades, Joanne developed a particular interest in treating spinal pain and headaches. She works closely with neurosurgeons and neurologists and other members of the patient’s health care team, to deliver the highest quality care. With her diagnostic abilities and empathic approach, Joanne strongly advocates for her patients, to ensure they achieve the best possible outcomes. 

Joanne spent more than 20 years as a full-time academic at the University of Queensland and has gained both a Masters and PhD in physiotherapy. She was the Australian protégé of the late Professor Vladimir Janda, a neurologist from Prague, highly regarded for his work in musculoskeletal health care.  

Jo’s favourite quote: 

 “Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new!” – Albert Einstein 

Professional Memberships

  • Member International Headache Society 
  • Titled Member Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association  

Areas of Research

  • Bullock, JE (1985) Postural change during pregnancy and its relationship to pain, B.Phty (Hons) thesis, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Queensland. 
  • Bullock-Saxton, JE. (1992) Changes in remote muscle function and local sensation following joint injury. PhD. Thesis.


Joanne is a significant contributor to physiotherapy research, authoring more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and presenting at national and international conferences. Her published books and just a few of her more recently published referred journal articles and conference proceedings are listed.  


  • Sapsford, R., Bullock-Saxton JE., Markwell, S (eds) (1998) Women’s Health: A text for Physiotherapists. Harcourt Brace, London, 520p. 

Book Chapters 

  • Myers, P., Bullock-Saxton, Joanne and Fitzgerald, John (2017) Prevention of Musculotendinous Pathologies.  Chapter 10 in Canata, GL, D’Hooghe, P and Hunt, K (ED) Muscle and Tendon Injuries, Springer. 
  • Bullock, MI., Bullock-Saxton, JE (2000) Control of Low Back Pain in the Workplace Using and Ergonomic Approach. 3rd Ed., in Twomey, LT and Taylor, L (eds). Physical Therapy of the Low Back, Churchill Livingstone Inc, Edinburgh, pp297 – 326. 
  • Bullock, MI., Bullock-Saxton, JE. (1994) Low back pain in the workplace: an ergonomic approach to control. 2nd Ed., Ch12 in Twomey, LT and Taylor, L. Physical Therapy of the Low Back, Churchill Livinstone Inc, Edinburgh. 
  • Bullock-Saxton, JE. (1998) Musculoskeletal Changes in the Perinatal Period. Chapter 14, in Sapsford, R., Bullock-Saxton JE., Markwell, S (eds) Women’s Health: A text for Physiotherapists. Harcourt Brace, London. 
  • Bullock-Saxton, JE (1998) Women in the workplace, ergonomic perspectives. Chapter 21 in Sapsford, R., Bullock-Saxton JE., Markwell, S (eds) Women’s Health: A text for Physiotherapists. Harcourt Brace, London. 

Journal Articles  

  • Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Laakso, L., Lehn, A. (2021) Exploring the effect of combined transcranial and intra-oral photobiomodulation therapy over a four week period on physical and cognitive outcome measures for people with Parkinsons; Disease:  A randomised double-blind placebo controlled pilot study. J. Alzheimers Disease 
  • Lehn, A., Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Newcombe, P., Carson, A., Stone, J. (2019) Survey of the Perceptions of health practitioners regarding Functional Neurological Disorders in Australia. Journal of Clinical Neurosciences Sept., 67:114-123.  
  • Mahmoud, A, Young, J., Bullock-Saxton, J., Myers, P.  (2018) Meniscal allograft transplantation: The effect of cartilage status on survivorship and clinical outcome Arthroscopy:  34(6):1871-1876.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2018.01.010. Epub 2018 Feb 23. 
  • McPhail, S.M., O’Hara, M., Gane, E., Tonks, P., Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Kuys, S.S., (2015) Nintendo Wii Fit as an adjunct to physiotherapy following lower limb fractures: preliminary feasibility, safety and sample size considerations., Published Online: June 17, 2015, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2015.04.006 
  • Klyne, D.M., Keays, S.L., Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Newcombe, P.A. (2012) The effect of ACL rupture on the timing and amplitude of gastrocnemius muscle activation.  A study of alternations in EMG measures and their relationship to knee joint stability.  Electromyography and Kinesiology, 22:446-445. 
  • Szlezak, A., Georgilopolus, P., Bullock-Saxton, JE and Steele, M. (2011) The immediate effect of unilateral lumbar Z joint mobilisation on posterior change neural tension: a randomised controlled study.  Manual Therapy, 16:609-613. 
  • Keays SL, Newcombe PA, Bullock-Saxton JE, Bullock MI, Keays AC. (2010) Factors involved in the development of osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Am J Sports Med. Mar; 38(3):455-63. Epub 2010 Jan 5. 

Conference Proceedings 

  • Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Laakso, L and Lehn, A. (2019) Exploring the effect of photobiomodulation therapy on patients with Parkinson’s disease: A randomised double blind placebo-controlled study. AMLA Conference Sydney October 5-6. 
  • Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Newcombe, P, Lehn, A. and Laakso, L. (2018) Shining light into the human Parkinsonian brain: a single case study of the short term effects on non-motor and motor outcomes. World Association for Laser Therapy biannual conference, Nice France, October.  
  • Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Newcombe, PA, Carson, A., Stone, A., Lehn, A.  Survey of the Perceptions of Health Practitioners regarding Functional Neurological Disorders. 3rd international Conference on Functional (Psychogenic) Neurological Disorders, Edinburgh September 6 – 8th, 2017. 
  • Diggles, A. Bullock-Saxton, J.E., Connor, F. (2017) Rumination, an Upper Gastrointestinal Disorder in Children and the role of Physiotherapy.  APA conference, Sydney Oct 18-20, 2017.  
  • Diggles, A., Bullock-Saxton.,J.E. (2017) A new therapeutic modality for persistent pelvic pain: a case study of the use of Photobiomodulation.  APA conference, Sydney Oct 18-20, 2017.  Winner of the APA Most Interesting Clinical Concept in Mens’ and Womens’ Health Conference Award. 
  • Kelly, C., Keays, S, Bullock-Saxton, J., Constantiou, M. A comparison of functional performance between individuals with a chronic anterior cruciate ligament deficiency and healthy controls–who has coped? APA Conference, Sydney Oct 18-20, 2017. 

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