Ilana Ackerman

Assoc Professor

  • 553 St Kilda Road

    3000 Melbourne


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Personal profile


Ilana Ackerman is a musculoskeletal epidemiologist and an experienced 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. Most recently, she was awarded a mid-career Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowship from the Victorian Government (2017-2021) to quantify and monitor the burden of revision hip and knee replacement surgery.

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, Victorian Government, Arthritis Australia, HCF Research Foundation, Musculoskeletal Australia, 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. 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 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 was involved in the development of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standards and the Victorian Model of Care for Osteoarthritis, and is a Steering Committee member for the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis. 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), The University of Melbourne


External positions

Editorial Board Chair, Journal of Physiotherapy

2017 → …

National Advisory Council member, Australian Physiotherapy Association

2017 → …

Adjunct Associate Professor, La Trobe University

2017 → …

Editorial Board member, Arthritis Care and Research

2016 → …

Honorary Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne

2016 → …

Editorial Board member, Journal of Physiotherapy

2014 → …

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

Arthritis diagnosis and symptoms are positively associated with specific physical job exposures in lower- and middle-income countries: Cross-sectional results from the World Health Organization's Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)

Brennan-Olsen, S. L., Solovieva, S., Viikari-Juntura, E., Ackerman, I. N., Bowe, S. J., Kowal, P., Naidoo, N., Chatterji, S., Wluka, A. E., Leech, M. T., Page, R. S., Sanders, K. M., Gomez, F., Duque, G., Green, D. & Mohebbi, M., 8 Jun 2018, In : BMC Public Health. 18, 1, 12 p., 719.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Open Access

Exploring the personal burden of shoulder pain among younger people in Australia: Protocol for a multicentre cohort study

Ackerman, I. N., Page, R., Fotis, K., Schoch, P., Broughton, N., Brennan-Olsen, S. L., Bucknill, A. & Cross, E., 1 Jul 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 7, 7 p., e021859.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review