PROF Kim Bennell

PROF Kim Bennell


  • Exercise
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation



  • Prof Kim Bennell is a research physiotherapist and her current positions include Professor and 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 in Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain. She leads a multidisciplinary team including people from physiotherapy, medicine, exercise science, podiatry and psychology. Kim’s research focuses on conservative non-drug management of musculoskeletal conditions particularly osteoarthritis with an emphasis on the role of exercise in both prevention and management. Along with colleagues from the Universities of Queensland and Sydney, Kim was awarded an NHMRC program grant of $8.23 million which commenced in 2016 to further her research into knee osteoarthritis. Kim is also an Executive Board member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International.   


Member of

  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Board Member 2008 -
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association. Member 1986 -
  • Australian Institute of Policy and Science. Tall Poppy Award 2010
  • Sports Medicine Australia. Member 2000 - 2008
  • Sports Physiotherapy Australia. Member 1986 - 2008
  • American College of Sports Medicine. Member 2003 - 2006
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. Member 2004 - 2005
  • Continence and Women's Health Group. Member 2003 - 2004


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1996
  • BAppScPhysio, Lincoln 1986

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, 2018
  • University of Melbourne Outstanding Research Higher Degree Supervision Award, 2017
  • AMGEN Medical Researcher Award for independence and excellence in translational medical research, Australian Society for Medical Research, 2004
  • Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award for 'Management of Patellofemoral Pain' research, Victorian Government Sport and Recreation Industry, 2002
  • Best poster award at Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2002
  • Public Relations Award for outstanding achievements in gaining positive media coverage for physiotherapy research, Australian Physiotherapy Association, 2000
  • Young Tall Poppy Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in biomedical research, Australian Institute of Political Science and National MacFarlane Burnett Committee, 1999
  • Award for outstanding contribution to sports physiotherapy research, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Physiotherapy Group, 1999
  • Best research poster prize, 5th International Congress of Australian Physiotherapy Association, 1998
  • Australian Post Graduate Research Award (APA), Commonwealth Government, 1995
  • Young Investigators Award, Sports Medicine Australia, International Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 1994
  • Certificate of high commendation - Young Investigators Award, National Scientific Conference of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation, 1993
  • Graduate Research Prize, La Trobe University, 1993
  • Certificate of Commendation for the Young Investigators Award (Basic Science), National Scientific Conference of Australian Sports Medicine Federation, 1992
  • Margaret and Alan Hamer Research Prize for most outstanding research project, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, 1986
  • Eliza McAuley Memorial Prize for most outstanding final year student in patient management, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, 1986
  • Constance Read Memorial Prize for highest mark in 'Therapeutic Movement', Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, 1986
  • Josephine Jennings and Edith Pratt Memorial Prize for the highest percentage of marks over the physiotherapy course, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, 1986
  • Johnson and Johnson Physiotherapy Prize for most outstanding independent study in final year, Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, 1986



Available for supervision

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