Kim’s research focuses on conservative non-drug management of osteoarthritis with an emphasis on the role of non-drug, non-surgical interventions in both prevention and management.

Prof Kim Bennell
Program Director
Professor Kim Bennell is a research physiotherapist and her current positions include Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM), in Physiotherapy at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain. She leads a multidisciplinary team including people from physiotherapy, medicine, exercise science, podiatry and psychology. Kim is also an Executive Board member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and on the Editorial Board of several journals including Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. She has a strong track record in early career research supervision and mentoring.
  • Identifying factors related to development and progression of osteoarthritis including biomechanical, neuromuscular and psychological factors;
  • Investigating effectiveness of treatments such as exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy, bracing, walking aids, insoles, and footwear;
  • Improving translation of research evidence into practice including investigating alternative models of service delivery such as internet, skype and telephone.


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