Congratulations to our HDA Women's Excellence in Research Award winner for 2022

Congratulations to Dr Margarita Tsiros, our HDA Women’s Excellence in Research Award winner for 2022. 

Margarita is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy (Paediatrics) at the University of South Australia, where she leads the Child Health Challenge of the IIMPACT in Health Research Concentration (Innovation, IMPlementation And Clinical Translation in Health). She is an also Associate member of ARENA (Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity) within UniSA’s Allied Health and Human Performance unit. Margarita is the Chair of the South Australian Chapter of the Paediatric Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Informed by her clinical career, Margarita’s research strives to optimise the physical health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. Her research provides a platform for practical approaches for the identification and management of children at risk of movement difficulties, while enhancing caregiver and clinician capabilities to improve long term health, physical function, activity and wellbeing.

“It’s a real honour to have my research recognised through this award. I especially want to thank all the people I have worked with over my career, as research is very much a team effort – it also wouldn’t be possible without the support of the children and families who give up their time as participants”, Margarita Tsiros says.

The goals of this award is to recognise and celebrate excellence of research achievement by women working in the field of developmental health, and to raise awareness of and support career development for women mid-career researchers.

“It is fabulous to see an award dedicated to recognising women mid-career researchers. Career development opportunities for women are critically important at all career stages, and this award will no doubt help me in my own career pathway”, Margarita says.

“It is our great pleasure to recognise Margarita’s excellent research, which is having an impact in the community, the physiotherapy profession, and informing clinical guidelines including those of the World Health Organization”, says HDA UniSA Co-Convenor, Professor Carol Maher.

Margarita will receive $1,000 and a certificate and present her winning research at a HDA lecture later this year.

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