Our main research focus is on the role of conservative strategies, particularly exercise, in promoting overall health and well being and in preventing and managing the public health problems that are currently facing society. To do this, a lifespan approach is taken from childhood through to the elderly years. A particular focus is the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis.View
- Research Studies
CHESM is committed to improving the wellbeing of all people through musculoskeletal research. By participating in a research study, you are helping researchers improve existing treatments and find new approaches which could benefit someone close to you and the community at large.View
The Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) houses a state-of-the-art movement research laboratory under the supervision of a full time Biomechanics Director.View
Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia's largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 academic staff, 4000 honorary staff and 1500 graduate researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings. Researchers are located at key sites across Victoria, with more conducting research around the world. These renowned experts from every field can be found in labs, hospitals, affiliated research institutes and all across the wider community.Information and support tools for Faculty staff are available on the Faculty intranet.
- Graduate Research
CHESM is looking for talented people to undertake PhD or MPhil research as part of our team. Our multi-disciplinary team includes people with backgrounds in physiotherapy, podiatry, biomechanics, engineering and exercise science. Candidates from a range of clinical and non- clinical backgrounds will be considered. Scholarships may be available for high-achieving candidates.View
A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified PhD candidate with an allied health, medical, exercise or science degree within CHESM to undertake research studies leading to a PhD.View
- Centre of Research Excellence
In October 2014, the National Health and Medical Research Council awarded $2.5 million funding over five years to establish the Centre for Research Excellence - Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain (Osteoarthritis and Low Back Pain). The CRE is being led by Professor Kim Bennell and 9 other chief investigators from institutes including: the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Monash University, Keele University and University College London, UK.View
- Who are we?
The Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) was established in October 2000. It is a multidisciplinary Centre within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences administered through the Department of Physiotherapy. It combines high calibre researchers with experienced clinicians from a range of disciplines including physiotherapy, medicine, science, exercise science and podiatry. It also has a number of internationally recognised clinical associates and research collaborators.
- What do we do?
The Centre's activities fall under three main areas:
- Research – including post doctoral training
- Education – research higher degree supervision and teaching within the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula
- Engagement – ensuring research has an impact in the general and professional communities
- What is our focus?
Our main research focus is on the role of conservative strategies, particularly exercise, in promoting overall health and well being and in preventing and managing the public health problems that are currently facing society. To do this, a lifespan approach is taken from childhood through to the elderly years. A particular focus is the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis.