DR Samantha Bunzli

DR Samantha Bunzli




    • BPhty (Otago), Honours Degree (Health Science) (UniSA), Postgrad Cert (Research Methodology) (UniSA), PhD (Curtin)

      Dr Bunzli is a post doctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, St Vincent's Hospital.

      Dr Bunzli received her PhD in January 2016 from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University. Her doctoral research was titled: “A prospective qualitative investigation of pain-related fear in people with chronic low back pain”.

      Dr Bunzli has methodological expertise in qualitative research, and content expertise in persistent musculoskeletal pain conditions and health behaviour theories. Her research seeks to optimise patient-centred care and improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of people experiencing persistent musculoskeletal pain.

      At the Department of Surgery, Dr Bunzli is a post-doctoral researcher, leading qualitative research within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Total Joint Replacement: OP timising oU tcomes, equity, cost effectiveness and patient S election (OPUS). She currently conducts qualitative studies with surgeons and patients exploring access to joint replacement surgery, treatment expectations and satisfaction outcomes in people who have undergone joint replacement surgery. Dr Bunzli is Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Partnership Project, leading the qualitative process evaluation of a nation-wide implementation study to improve uptake of evidence based decision making among orthopaedic surgeons selecting patients for knee replacement surgery.   


    Member of

    • Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Registered Physiotherapist 2017 -
    • Australian Physiotherapy Association. Member 2016 -
    • Australian Pain Society. Member Australian Pain Society 2014 -
    • International Association for the Study of Pain. Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain 2014 -


    Selected publications


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    Education and training

    • PhD, Curtin University of Technology 2016
    • Research Methodology, University of South Australia 2008
    • Hons, University of South Australia 2008
    • BPhty, University of Otago 2000

    Awards and honors

    • Best Paper Presentation, Australian Pain Society, 2016
    • Elsevier Book Prize, Curtin University, 2014
    • Best New Investigator Award - Musculoskeletal, Australian Physiotherapy Association, 2013
    • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government, 2010
    • Curtin Postgraduate Scholarship, Curtin University, 2010


    Available for supervision

    • Y

    Supervision Statement

    • Dr Bunzli currently co-supervises 1 PhD student and mentors 3 PhD students conducting qualitative research at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery and Curtin University, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.

      She is available to supervise PhD projects involving qualitative or mixed methods research in the fields of orthopaedics or chronic health conditions