Linda Denehy

BAppSc(Phty) GradDipPhysio(Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy), PhD

Linda Denehy

Linda Denehy is a PhD-qualified physiotherapist who is Head of the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Linda graduated in physiotherapy in Melbourne and spent 20 years as a clinician managing respiratory medicine, thoracic surgery and ICU patients both in Melbourne and at the Brompton Hospital in London. She has been a teaching and research academic for nearly 20 years and obtained her PhD in 2002 in the management of patients having upper abdominal surgery. Linda developed curricula in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy both for undergraduate and postgraduate students and lead the implementation of the new three-year Doctor of Physiotherapy entry to practice course at the University of Melbourne. She has supervised 30 research higher degree students to completion and has extensive research expertise in the area of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, particularly in patient populations who are acutely unwell, including patients following major surgery and critically ill patients. She has over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, 15 invited editorials or book chapters and has been invited to more than 25 national and international meetings as a keynote speaker. These include the European Respiratory Society 2014 and the American Thoracic Society 2014 and 2016. She is currently involved in developing international guidelines for ICU mobility and outcome measures in ICU. 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. Her research has contributed to evidence-led practice, clinical guidelines and improved patient-centred outcomes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Head, Department of Physiotherapy, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia