Prof Linda Denehy
Linda is a PhD-qualified physiotherapist who is Head of the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. She is a teaching and research academic and obtained her PhD in 2002. Prior to this she worked as a cardiorespiratory physiotherapist at Austin hospital and at the Brompton hospital London. She has extensive teaching and learning experience, has developed curricula in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy both at under and post graduate level and lead the implementation of the new three year Doctor of Physiotherapy course at The University of Melbourne. Linda has supervised 30 research higher degree students to completion and her research expertise is in the area of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy; particularly in patient populations who are acutely unwell, including in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit, patients having major surgery as well as in those with lung cancer. She has over 100 research publications, 15 invited editorials or book chapters and has been invited to 30 national and international meetings as a key-note speaker. Linda has been successful in obtaining funding from over 30 applications of over AUD $6million for research into physiotherapy and rehabilitation, including as a chief investigator on five nationally competitive grants in rehabilitation after critical illness, lung cancer and breathlessness in COPD. She reviews for national and international competitive granting bodies and for several international scientific journals including, Lung Cancer, Intensive Care Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Thorax.