DR Ilana Ackerman

DR Ilana Ackerman


  • Physiotherapy management of osteoarthritis
  • Prevalence and impact of osteoarthritis
  • Wellbeing of people undergoing joint replacement surgery



  • Dr Ilana Ackerman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne EpiCentre.  Ilana is an experienced musculoskeletal researcher and orthopaedic physiotherapist whose research program has built on her clinical interests surrounding the care of people with arthritis.  She completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2006 and was awarded an NHMRC Public Health (Australia) Early Career Fellowship (2008-2015) to support her research into the impact of severe hip and knee osteoarthritis in Australia and equitable access to treatment.  She has been an osteoarthritis expert for the Global Burden of Disease Study (2010 and 2013) and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Physiotherapy.  Ilana has publications in a range of prominent international journals including The Lancet and her research has been presented at international rheumatology and osteoarthritis conferences.

    Her research interests include:
    •  the epidemiology of hip and knee osteoarthritis
    •  the personal and societal impact of osteoarthritis (wellbeing, work participation, health care utilisation and related costs)
    •  the pre- and post-operative wellbeing of people undergoing joint replacement surgery
    •  the efficacy of conservative management and education programs for arthritis
    •  barriers to accessing health care for musculoskeletal conditions   


Member of

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Physiotherapy. Member 2014 -
  • Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Working Group, International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement. Member 2014 -
  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Member 2014 -
  • Osteoarthritis Expert Group, Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Member 2013 -
  • Peer Review College, Danish Council for Strategic Research. Member 2011 -
  • Osteoarthritis Expert Group, Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association. Member 1997 -
  • Grants Review Committee, Physiotherapy Research Foundation. Member 2008 - 2013


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • B Physio (Hons), University of Melbourne 1996

Awards and honors

  • Best oral presentation, Melbourne Health Research Week, 2014
  • Australian Rheumatology Association / Rheumatology Health Professionals Association Best free paper, 2014
  • Honorary appointment, Melbourne Health, 2013
  • Allied Health Research Award, Melbourne Health Research Week, 2012
  • Honorary Fellow, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, 2011
  • Postdoctoral Travel Grant, CASS Foundation, 2006
  • New Presenter Award, Australian Health Outcomes Conference, 2005
  • Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (The University of Melbourne), 2005
  • Henry James Williams Postgraduate Scholarship (The University of Melbourne), 2003



Available for supervision

  • Y