Ilana Ackerman

Assoc Professor

  • 553 St Kilda Road

    3000 Melbourne


Accepting PhD Students


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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 (2018-2022) 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 was a Steering Committee member for the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis.  For the past 2 years, Ilana has assisted the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry with their successful Patient-Reported Outcome Measures implementation pilot and is now supporting the national rollout.

She is Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Physiotherapy, the top-ranked international physiotherapy journal, and is a member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Publications Committee.  Ilana also sits on the National Advisory Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), 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, University of Melbourne

2016 → …

Editorial Board member, Journal of Physiotherapy

2014 → …

Honorary Fellow, Deakin University

2011 → …

Research area keywords

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

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Reducing inappropriate knee joint replacement surgery and hospital burden

Barton, C. J., Dowsey, M., Choong, P. F. M., Ademi Delaney, Z., Smith, A., Crossley, K. M., Wallis, J. A., Ackerman, I., Bunzli, S. & Kemp, J. L.

Australian Government Department of Health


Project: Research

CRISTAL: Cluster Randomised Trial of Apsirin versus Low molecular weight heparin for venous thromboembolism

Harris, I. A., Graves, S. E., Buchbinder, R., Naylor, J. M., Pratt, N., de Steiger, R., Chong, B. H., Ackerman, I., Adie, S. & Harris, A.


Project: Research

Enhancing joint replacement outcomes through national data linkage

Graves, S. E., Pratt, N., Inacio, M., de Steiger, R., Harris, I. A., Ackerman, I. & Jorm, L.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Research Output

Implementing a national first-line management program for moderate-severe knee osteoarthritis in Australia: A budget impact analysis focusing on knee replacement avoidance

Ackerman, I. N., Skou, S. T., Roos, E. M., Barton, C. J., Kemp, J. L., Crossley, K. M., Liew, D. & Ademi, Z., 6 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open. 8 p., 100070.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Physical activity following hip arthroscopy in young and middle-aged adults: A systematic review

Jones, D. M., Crossley, K. M., Ackerman, I. N., Hart, H. F., Dundules, K. L., O'Brien, M. J., Mentiplay, B. F., Heerey, J. J. & Kemp, J. L., 28 Jan 2020, In : Sports Medicine - Open. 6, 1, 15 p., 7.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Psychometric properties of the hip-return to sport after injury scale (short form) for evaluating psychological readiness to return to sports after arthroscopic hip surgery

Jones, D. M., Webster, K. E., Crossley, K. M., Ackerman, I. N., Hart, H. F., Singh, P. J., Pritchard, M. G., Gamboa, G. & Kemp, J. L., Feb 2020, In : The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 48, 2, p. 376-384 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quantifying the likelihood and costs of hip replacement surgery after sports injury: A population-level analysis

Ackerman, I. N., Bohensky, M. A., Kemp, J. L. & de Steiger, R., Jan 2020, In : Physical Therapy in Sport. 41, p. 9-15 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access