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Researcher and Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, APA Sports Physiotherapist, University of Wollongong

Dr Deirdre McGhee is a researcher for Breast Research Australia (BRA), a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong and an APA Sports Physiotherapist.
She has extensive experience as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of breast support. This includes treatment of the musculoskeletal symptoms experienced by women with large breasts and breast support during exercise for female athletes and active women. Her PhD in breast biomechanics was in relation to both sports bra design and bra fit, which included a sports bra patent designed specifically for women with large breasts. She has written several evidence-based educational resources for women on breast support and bra fit during physical activity, including guidelines for Sports Medicine Australia, “Exercise and breast support” which was the first sporting body in the world to introduce such guidelines and the App, Sports bra (available on iTunes &, which is the only app in the world that contains evidence-based information to assit women choose a well-fitted, supportive sports bra that suits their exercise needs.

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  • 1998–2014
    Dr, Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
  • 1987–2014
    Dr, APA Sports Physiotherapist
  • 2002–2014
    Dr, Researcher, Breast Research Australia (BRA), University of Wollongong


  • 2010 
    UOW, PhD
  • 1987 
    USyd, B App Sc (Phty)


  • 2013
    McGhee, DE, Steele, JR, Zealey, WJ & Takacs GJ. Bra/breast forces generated in women with large breasts while standing and during treadmill running: Implications for sports bra design. , Applied Ergonomics. 44(1):112-8
  • 2011
    McGhee, DE & Steele, JR. Breast volume and bra size. , International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 23(5): 351-360
  • 2010
    McGhee, DE & Steele, JR. Breast elevation and compression decreases exercise-induced breast discomfort. , Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 42(7): 1333-1338.
  • 2010
    McGhee, DE, Steele, JR & Munro, BJ. Education improves bra knowledge and fit, and level of breast support in adolescent female athletes: A cluster-randomised trial. , Journal of Physiotherapy. 56(1): 19-24.
  • 2008
    Sports Bra Fitness ,
  • 2007
    McGhee, DE, Power, BM & Steele, JR. Does deep water running reduce exercise induced breast discomfort? , British Journal of Sports Medicine. 41(12): 879-883.
  • 2006
    McGhee, DE & Steele, JR. How do respiratory state and measurement method affect bra size calculations?, British Journal of Sports Medicine. 40(12), 970-974.