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Keira Tranter

Keira Tranter has worked as a physiotherapist in the area of spinal cord injury (SCI) for over 15 years, managing people from acute rehabilitation through to the community phases. She completed her Masters degree in 2011 and has commenced PhD studies at The University of Sydney, John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research – The Kolling Institute, where she aims to use her clinical knowledge to improve understanding and resources available to improve the care of people with SCI. Keira’s research aims to establish the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Physiotherapy management of people with SCI including four associated projects. Keira is passionate about education to enhance knowledge about SCI physiotherapy management and enjoys teaching about SCI in clinical and tertiary settings. She values the importance of collaboration for achieving positive outcomes for people with SCI.

Keira shares her experiences from the conference.

The 2023 International Spinal Cord Society Conference in Edinburgh was an enriching experience made possible by the very generous support of the SRI. The conference afforded me the unique opportunity to meet and connect with a diverse range of researchers, stakeholders and clinicians from across the globe. The informal networking has been invaluable to my career as an early researcher, and I look forward to future collaborations. It was also a great opportunity to make connections with the other SRI delegates and members of the SRI team who were so generous in ensuring we had a positive experience throughout the conference.

Having the opportunity to present my PhD research on the international platform was a privilege and valuable experience. From this I was able to engage in meaningful discussions which have directly impacted my current research. Participating in the Physiotherapy Network meeting was an excellent opportunity to meet other physios from various parts of the world, to collectively share ideas and discuss priority areas for action. Additionally, the opportunity to learn about various research activities being conducted internationally has been motivating, inspiring and thought provoking for future research prospects.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity granted by the SRI to attend the conference. Overall, my 2023 ISCOS experience was fulfilling and a highlight of my research career so far.

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