Ilana Ackerman


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Ilana Ackerman is a Professor (Research) in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and a Deputy Director of the Musculoskeletal Health Unit.  

Ilana is a musculoskeletal epidemiologist and an experienced orthopaedic physiotherapist. She completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2006. To support her research, she has been awarded an NHMRC Public Health Early Career Fellowship (2008-2015), a mid-career Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowship (2018-2022), and a 2022 Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship from Monash University (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences).

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 orthopaedic surgery, 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 and health services.

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 has held 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.  Ilana is the Principal Advisor to the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry's Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Program and is a member of the Australian Spine Registry Steering Committee.

She has been Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Physiotherapy (the top-ranked physiotherapy journal internationally) since 2017 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The pre-operative status of people undergoing primary total hip and knee replacement surgery, University of Melbourne


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), University of Melbourne


External positions

Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University

2022 → …

Publications Committee, Osteoarthritis Research Society International

2019 → …

Editorial Board Chair, Journal of Physiotherapy


National Advisory Council, Australian Physiotherapy Association


Editorial Board member, Journal of Physiotherapy


Research area keywords

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

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