Nicole Sheers is a senior respiratory physiotherapist who works with the Victorian Respiratory Support Service at Austin Health. She has extensive experience in assessing and managing people with chronic ventilatory failure, including implementing ventilation. She completed a Master of Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2002, and is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the effects of Lung Volume Recruitment (also known as breath-stacking) on respiratory function in people with neuromuscular disease.
Nicole has been awarded a co-funded NHMRC / Motor Neurone Disease Research Institute of Australia Postgraduate Scholarship, and was offered an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship. She has received grants from the Physiotherapy Research Foundation and the Institute of Breathing and Sleep to assist with the Breath-stacking in Neuromuscular Disease research project. Other research involvement and interests include evaluating an ambulatory model of care for implementing NIV in people with MND, optimal therapy for people with obesity hypoventilation syndrome, modes of ventilation for people with restrictive lung disease, the role of sleep studies in implementing NIV, evaluating the VRSS' diaphragm pacing and mouthpiece ventilation programs.