Dr Joanne

Dr Joanne Wittwer

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Melbourne (Bundoora)


B App Sc (Physio), Grad Dip Physio, PhD


Research fellow

Membership of professional associations


Area of study


Recent publications


Webster KE, Wittwer JE, Feller JA. Quantitative gait analysis after medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. Journal of Arthroplasty 2003;18(6):751-759.

Webster KE, Wittwer JE, Feller JA. Validity of the GAITRite® walkway system for the measurement of averaged and individual step parameters of gait. Gait & Posture 2005;22(4):317-321.

Webster KE, Wittwer JE, O'Brien J, Feller JA. Gait patterns after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction are related to graft type. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2005;33(2):247-254.

Morris ME, Perry A, Bilney B, et al. Outcomes of physical therapy, speech pathology, and occupational therapy for people with motor neuron disease: a systematic review. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2006;20(3):424(411).

Webster K, Feller J, Wittwer J. Dynamic function after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is related to graft choice. Gait & Posture 2006;24(Supplement 2):S92-S93.

Webster KE, Feller JA, Wittwer JE. Balance confidence and function after knee-replacement surgery. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 2006;14(2):176-186.

Webster KE, Merory JR, Wittwer JE. Gait variability in community dwelling adults with Alzheimer disease. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Dis 2006;20(1):37-40.

Lorbach ER, Webster KE, Menz HB, Wittwer JE, Merory JR. Physiological Falls Risk Assessment in Older People with Alzheimer's Disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 2007;24(4):260-265.

Merory JR, Wittwer JE, Rowe CC, Webster KE. Quantitative gait analysis in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease. Gait & Posture 2007;26(3):414-419.

Wittwer JE, Andrews PT, Webster KE, Menz HB. Timing variability during gait initiation is increased in people with Alzheimer's disease compared to controls. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 2008;26(3):277-283.

Wittwer JE, Webster KE, Andrews PT, Menz HB. Test-retest reliability of spatial and temporal gait parameters of people with Alzheimer's disease. Gait & Posture 2008;28(3):392-396.

Wittwer JE, Webster KE, Menz HB. A longitudinal study of measures of walking in people with Alzheimer's Disease. Gait & Posture 2010;32(1):113-117.


Lind M, McClelland J, Wittwer JE, Whitehead TS, Feller JA, Webster KE.Gait analysis of walking before and after medial opening wedge high tibial osteotomy.Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc.  Epub 2011 Apr 12.  

Wittwer JE, Webster KE, Hill K. Rhythmic auditory cueing to improve walking in patients with neurological conditions other than Parkinson's disease - what is the evidence? Disabil Rehabil. 2012;0:1-13.   

Webster KE, Feller JA, Wittwer JE.2012 Longitudinal changes in knee joint biomechanics during level walking following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery.Gait Posture. 2012 Jun;36(2):167-71.  

Wittwer JE, Webster KE, Hill K, Music and metronome cues produce different effects on gait spatiotemporal measures but not gait variability in healthy older adults, Gait Posture, Available online 4 August 2012, ISSN 0966-6362, 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.07.006.

Wittwer JE, Webster KE, Hill K. Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Cueing on Gait in People With Alzheimer Disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, Available online 15 November 2012, ISSN 0003-9993, 10.1016/j.apmr.2012.11.009.

Wittwer JE, Webster KE, Hill K. Reproducibility of gait variability measures in people with Alzheimer's disease. Gait Posture. 2013; 38(3):507-510

Wittwer JE, Webster KE, Hill K. The effects of a concurrent motor task on walking in Alzheimer's disease. Gait Posture. 2014; 39(1):291-296

Wittwer, J., Gait improves after 12 weeks of intensive resistance and functional training in people with mild to moderate dementia [commentary]. Journal of Physiotherapy, 2015. 61(2): p. 97.

Said, C.M., et al., Evaluating the effects of increasing physical activity to optimize rehabilitation outcomes in hospitalized older adults (MOVE Trial): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 2015. 16.

Muir-Hunter, S.W. and J.E. Wittwer, Dual-task testing to predict falls in community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review. Physiotherapy, 2016. 102(1): p. 29-40.

Older publications


Esmonde T, McGinley J, Wittwer J, Goldie P, Martin C. Stroke rehabilitation: patient activity during non-therapy time. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 1997;43(1):43-51.

Wittwer JE, Goldie PA, Matyas TA, Galea MP. Quantification of physiotherapy treatment time in stroke rehabilitation - criterion-related validity. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 2000;46(4):291-298.