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Dr Malia Ho has a Bachelor of Podiatry (Hons) from the University of Salford (UK). She obtained her Masters (by research) from the National University of Singapore in 2002, and her PhD in Physical Education and Sports Sciences from the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in 2017. She completed her Graduate Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education in 2020. She was Head of Course of the Podiatry program at Central Queensland University. Prior to that, Malia worked as the Principal Sports Podiatrist in Singapore Sports Medicine Centre and has almost 20 years of clinical experience both in the private and public health sectors. 

Malia received the 2018 Opal Award for Excellence in Engagement “Multi-disciplinary Homeless Initiative” (worth $2500). In 2021, she led the team to win the Vice Chancellor’s award for Exemplary Practice (Tier1). As an early career researcher, she has received about $66,000 in internal and external grant funding, the latest being the Funds for Accessing Expertise Grant (worth approximately $9000) to develop 3D printed foot models for simulation training of podiatry clinical skills. 

Malia is a strong believer in inter-disciplinary collaboration and the use of technology to improve learning and teaching design and clinical practice.  Her research interest lies in lower limb kinematics and kinetics, in particular, the effects of 3D printed foot orthoses on lower limb biomechanics. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education, Central Queensland University

Mar 2019Mar 2020

Award Date: 2 Mar 2020

Physical Education and Sports Science, PhD, The effect of foot posture and foot stability in lower limb running biomechanics, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Aug 2010Feb 2017

Award Date: 7 Feb 2017

Research, Masters of Science, The efficacy of total contact inlays in reducing plantar pressures, National University of Singapore

Oct 1999Sept 2022

Award Date: 2 Sept 2002

Podiatry, BSc (Hons), The effect of ethnicity on foot type: A comparison of chinese and caucasian foot types, University of Salford

Sept 1995Aug 1998

Award Date: 1 Jun 1998

External positions

Sessional lecturer, Central Queensland University

11 Jul 2022 → …

Research area keywords

  • Podiatry
  • gait analysis
  • 3D motion capture
  • 3D printing
  • Foot form and Function
  • Foot pain
  • Biomechanics of Injury

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