Personal profile


Ilana Ackerman is an experienced musculoskeletal researcher and orthopaedic physiotherapist. She completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2006 and was awarded an NHMRC Public Health Early Career Fellowship (2008-2015) to support her research into the impact of severe hip and knee osteoarthritis in Australia.

Over the past 10 years, Ilana has led an important program of clinical and population-based research designed to quantify the personal and societal burden of hip and knee osteoarthritis, supported by competitive funding from the NHMRC, Arthritis Australia, HCF Research Foundation, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, and the Physiotherapy Research Foundation. Her research findings have been published in leading international rheumatology and physiotherapy journals and she has received a range of research awards for her work. New research interests within the CCRE Therapeutics include the impact of musculoskeletal disease in the context of multi-morbidity. Ilana is strongly committed to clinical researcher training and has a longstanding record of positive engagement with clinicians across physiotherapy, rheumatology and orthopaedic surgery.

Ilana has held osteoarthritis expert roles for the Global Burden of Disease studies (2010, 2013 and 2015) and was an invited member of the working group that developed the ICHOM Standard Set for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis. She holds key advisory roles at national and state levels, with the overarching aim of improving the quality of care for people with osteoarthritis. Ilana is an invited member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's Osteoarthritis Clinical Care Standards Working Group and Clinical Indicators Subcommittee, and an invited member of the External Expert Advisory Committee for the development of the Victorian Model of Care for Osteoarthritis. She also sits on the National Advisory Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

She is Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Physiotherapy, the top-ranked international physiotherapy journal, and an Editorial Board member for Arthritis Care & Research.

External positions

Editorial Board member, Arthritis Care and Research

2016 → …

Honorary Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne

2016 → …

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Physiotherapy

2014 → …

Section Editor, Journal of Physiotherapy

2014 → …

Honorary appointment, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

2013 → …

Honorary Fellow, Deakin University

2011 → …


  • Epidemiology
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Health Services Research
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Quality Of Life
  • Mixed-methods research

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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2004 2018

Forecasting the future burden of opioids for osteoarthritis

Ackerman, I. N., Zomer, E., Gilmartin-Thomas, J. F. M. & Liew, D. 1 Mar 2018 In : Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 26, 3, p. 350-355 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opportunities for cross-disciplinary care partnerships in physiotherapy

Ackerman, I. N., Soh, S. E. & Barker, A. L. 1 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 64, 2, p. 69-71 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Collecting patient-reported outcome measures

Ahern, S., Ruseckaite, R. & Ackerman, I. N. 1 Dec 2017 In : Internal Medicine Journal. 47, 12, p. 1454-1457 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 328 diseases and injuries for 195 countries, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

GBD 2016 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators 16 Sep 2017 In : The Lancet. 390, 10100, p. 1211-1259 49 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access