The Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology Department has an active clinical research program.

About our research

The members of our physiotherapy and exercise physiology team participate in quality and research projects to ensure both excellence in care and the best outcomes for patients.

Our research program aims to:

  • Build and strengthen the evidence base for physiotherapy practice
  • Translate research findings into clinical practice to improve patient outcomes at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH)
  • Increase capability of our staff
  • Increase the capacity for our workforce to initiate, conduct and be engaged in research
  • Develop a strong and positive research culture
  • Grow and strengthen collaborations and partnerships that maximise our research capacity
  • Translate meaningful research findings into practice
  • Uphold sustainability of research findings

Our research studies

We conduct research studies in the following areas:

  • Physical activity and exercise for recovery
  • Implementing change in care and measuring efficacy
  • Physiotherapy for people hospitalised with serious illness or for major surgery
  • Physiotherapy for people with cardiorespiratory conditions
  • Neurological rehabilitation physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy to reduce pain, movement limitations and mobility after surgery
  • Promoting independence in older unwell adults
  • Prevention of illness and promotion of cardiovascular fitness throughout life


Efficacy of Prehabilitation Including Exercise on Postoperative Outcomes Following Abdominal Cancer Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Waterland, JL; McCourt, O; Edbrooke, L; Granger, CL; Ismail, H; Riedel, B; Denehy, L

(2021), Front. Surg.

DOI: 10.3389/fsurg.2021.628848

Evaluating Rehabilitation Progress Using Motion Features Identified by Machine Learning

Lu, L; Tan, Y; Klaic, M; Galea, MP; Khan, F; Oliver, A; Mareels, I; Oetomo, D; Zhao, EY

(2021), IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng., 1417-1428

DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2020.3036095

Factors Associated With Discharge Destination in Community-Dwelling Adults Admitted to Acute General Medical Units

DSouza, AN; Granger, CL; Patrick, CJ; Kay, JE; Said, CM

(2021), J. Geriatr. Phys. Ther., 94-100

DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000272

Contact us
Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology, Parkville
Mon-Fri 8:00am-4.30pm
(03) 9342 7440
Allied health administration
(03) 9342 8440
The RMH Parkville
Level 3 North
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology, Royal Park
Mon-Fri 8.00am-4.30pm
(03) 8387 2000
Allied health administration
The RMH Royal Park
Ground Level Graeme Larkins Rehabilitation Building (Building 26)
34-54 Poplar Rd, Parkville, Victoria