Moira is an experienced physiotherapist in neurological rehabilitation and is passionate about the care provided to individuals with neurological conditions. Her interests include the management of complex acquired brain injuries and multiple sclerosis. Moira has completed a PhD researching participation in exercise and sport for individuals with multiple sclerosis and she is keen to develop this research further. She also holds a BSc (Hons) degree, a MSc in Physiotherapy and a Graduate Certificate in Education.

As a senior lecturer at JCU, Moira aims to inspire the physiotherapy students to develop their skills in neurorehabilitation and to provide the best service possible for patients or clients. Moira teaches neurological assessment and treatment across the second and third years of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course. In addition, Moira is the course coordinator of the suite of postgraduate rehabilitation courses at JCU, including the Master of Rehabilitation.

  • PS2004: Neuroscience in Physiotherapy (Level 2; TSV)
  • PS2005: Physiotherapy Applications Across the Lifespan (Level 2; TSV)
  • PS3003: Physiotherapy 5 (Level 3; TSV)
  • PS5101: Clinical Expert Updates for Physiotherapy (Level 5; TSV)
  • RH5200: Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice (Level 5; TSV)
  • RH5201: Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan (Level 5; TSV)
  • RH5203: Research 1: A Literature Review - Part 1 of 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • RH5204: Research 2: A Research Project - Part 2 of 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Parkinson's disease
  • 2022 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (QLD)
  • 2021 to present - Second year coordinator, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, James Cook University (QLD)
  • 2015 to present - Coordinator Master of Rehabilitation, James Cook University (QLD)
  • 2013 to 2022 - Lecturer, James Cook University (QLD)
  • 2016 to 2021 - PhD candidate (part-time), James Cook University (QLD)
  • 2004 to 2012 - Senior neurological physiotherapist, The Huntercombe Group (Scotland, UK)
  • 2001 to 2004 - Senior neurological physiotherapist, Monklands Hospital (Scotland, UK)
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  • 2023 - Registered Physiotherapist with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
  • 2021 - Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
  • 2013 - Registered Physiotherapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • 1996 - Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK)
  • 1996 - Registered Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (UK)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 17+ research outputs authored by Dr Moira Smith from 2015 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Enhancing Stroke Survivors' Ability to Persevere with Practice in the Home Environment using Assisted-Living Technology (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The use of Outcome Measures of Motor Function via Telehealth; Validity, Reliability and Parent and Clinician experience (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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