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1994 …2024

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Personal profile


Keith Hill was the inaugural Director of the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre at Monash University (from July 2019 - Feb 2024), and is now the Ageing Stream Lead for the RAIL Research Centre. Prior to this he was Head of the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin Universityfor 6.5 years, and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin for 1 year. He is a physiotherapist and senior researcher, with particular expertise in falls prevention, exercise for older people, ageing well and rehabilitation. 

Across his research career, Keith has been a Chief Investigator on 131 research grants totalling $48.5million (32 grants totalling $24.5million in past 5 years), has 400 peer reviewed publications (121 in past 5 years), and has supervised 29 PhD students to completion. He currently supervises 7 PhD students (3 international). 

Current  and recent projects include:

  • Falls risk among people with intellectual disability living in Specialist Disability Accommodation (Funder: Scope Australia)
  • Who carers for the carer: Co-design of a novel service to support the health and wellbeing of older carers of older people (Funder: National Centre for Healthy Ageing)
  • Empowering patients to increase the dosage of in-patient rehabilitation: My Therapy (Funder: NHMRC Partnership grant)
  • Improving physical activity through a shared decision making approach for people living with mild dementia
  • Is there a role for gait aids to improve stability and reduce falls risk for older people with dementia (Funder: Dementia Australia)
  • Multi-centre randomised controlled trial: Caregiver, patient and system outcomes from a program supporting informal caregivers of older people discharged home from hospital (Funder: NHMRC Project grant).


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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Balance Studies in Older People, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Jul 1998

Grad Dip Physio (Neurology), La Trobe University

Award Date: 31 Dec 1987

BAppSc(Physio), Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences

1 Mar 197630 Aug 1980

Award Date: 30 Aug 1980

External positions

Chair, Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

2020 → …

Board Member, Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)


Chair, Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre


Research area keywords

  • Falls prevention
  • Exercise
  • Ageing
  • Rehabilitation
  • carer health and wellbeing

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