Amanda holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) from James Cook University. Since graduation Amanda has gained a wide range of experience in musculoskeletal, gerontological, neurological, paediatric and occupational physiotherapy across a variety of public, private and corporate settings. She has also held a full time academic post with James Cook University and continues to hold a casual academic post with Central Queensland University where she delivers the specialist elder health content. Amanda has been actively involved in research into physiotherapy practices in the treatment of pneumonia in children as well as the effects of functional exercise incorporating balance and mobility training in community and facility dwelling older people. She has been successfully awarded government grants for her research and continues to work toward building the scientific evidence base for her profession. Amanda is continuously undertaking further study with her most recent being in the field of cancer rehabilitation after she was awarded an international scholarship to assist in bringing private rehabilitation cancer services to the people of Central Queensland.
Outside of work, Amanda lives with her family on a small acreage in Central Queensland where she spends her spare time with her horses and dogs. Amanda's miniature horse has made regular visits to aged care facilities across Central Queensland under various pet therapy programs. The smiles on the faces of residents and their families when he walks into their rooms are priceless.