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President: Rose Boucaut  (Australia)

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Rose Boucaut, Dip Tech Physio, Grad Dip Advanced Manipulative Therapy, MPH, Ed D, is a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and a longstanding member of Occupational Health Physiotherapy Australia (OHPA), the national special interest group. Rose worked on the OHPA professional standards sub-committee to develop professional practice standards for OHPA members.

As senior lecturer at the University of South Australia, Rose coordinates the final year course Work Health and Safety Practice. The unique aspect of this course is that final year students work on small projects with industry partners.

As the lead facilitator of the World Physiotherapy Occupational Health and Ergonomics Network Rose has worked towards this World Physiotherapy subgroup formation since initial discussions at the World Physiotherapy congress in Vancouver (2007). 

Vice president: Yvonne van Zaanen (Netherlands)

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Yvonne van Zaanen is a Physical Therapist in Occupational Health & Ergonomics (Dutch specialized register SRBF) for 20 years now. In 2015 she completed the academic master in Evidence Based Practice (Clinical Epidemiologist) and her research at the Coronel Institute for Occupational Health. Her main focus is on prevention of musculoskeletal complaints & work disability prevention in combination with ergonomics.


Since 2017 she participated in the working group and worked joyfully with this highly motivated team towards establishment of the IFPTOHE. ‘Working together with this inspiring team and colleagues from all over the world will give our profession the opportunity to move faster towards evidence based practice for our profession.’


In 2018 she was elected for a second term being president of the Dutch association of PT in OHE (NVBF).

Public relations: Nicola Suckley (UK)

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Nicola is a Chartered Occupational Health (OH) Physiotherapist, qualified at MSc level with a post graduate qualification in Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation and BSc. (Hons) in Sports Science. 


Nicola has a strong working knowledge and experience of OH, Vocational Rehabilitation and Ergonomics which she developed throughout her career. She prides herself on remaining active within research, adopting an evidence-based approach to clinical practice. Nicola has successfully designed, implemented and delivered services for national and international businesses aiming to prevent and manage workplace injury. 

Nicola has been a key member of the ACPOHE committee since 2016 and is currently stepping into the position of Chair. Nicola has been on the IFPTOHE committee since it became an established sub group in 2019. These combined roles ensures Nicola is able to support both organisations commitment to achieving the objectives of developing and enhancing OH Physiotherapy in the UK and globally. 

Education: Kjerstin Stigmar (Sweden)

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Kjerstin has been a physical therapist for over 30 years with clinical background in primary health care (10 yrs) and occupational health (15 yrs). In 2012, she graduated with a PhD from Lund University after which she was appointed as a teacher and researcher at the university. Since 2021 she is an associate professor in physiotherapy.


Kjerstin have been a key driver in the formation of the World Physiotherapy network for occupational health and ergonomics since the World Physiotherapy congress in Singapore 2015. She is an active researcher in the field and can contribute with perspectives from research as well as undergraduate and graduate education.

She is a member of the board of the Swedish section for Occupational Health and Ergonomics, since 2016.

Secretary: Marisa Coetzee  (South Africa)


Marisa has been a Physiotherapist for 10 years with clinical experience in primary health care as well as occupational health, ergonomics and functional capacity evaluation. She is currently a registered PhD student and senior research assistant at the University of Stellenbosch.


She served as the chairperson for the Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG) as part of the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) for 3 years before the group changed into the Occupational Health Network (SASP) for which she is a facilitator. 


Her goal is to improve the education and recognition of occupational health within the field of Physiotherapy and envision this subgroup as a platform on which international collaboration and the dissemination of knowledge within the field could be accomplished

Research: Vasiliki Sakellari (Greece)

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Vasiliki Sakellari,  is a Professor at the Department of Physiotherapy of the University of West Attica, Athens. She teaches Ergonomics and Consulting in Physiotherapy, Clinical Education in Neurological Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy in Geriatrics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is the Erasmus coordinator of the School of Health and Care Sciences.

She holds a master's degree in Ergonomics (University College London) and a Ph.D. from University of London - Institute of Neurology. For a number of years she has been the director of the School of Health & Welfare Professions of the TEI of Lamia and the director of the Center for Technological Research of Central Greece. Participated in European supported programs. She is currently coordinating the funded research project McHeELP  (Motor control Home ergonomics Elderlies’ Prevention of falls).

She has the ambition to contribute to the vision and mission of IFPTOHE.

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