PROF Linda Denehy

PROF Linda Denehy


  • Head, Melbourne School of Health Sciences
  • Physiotherapy management in acute cardiorespiratory care (physiotherapy, intensive care, abdominal surgery, lung cancer rehabilitation)



  • Professor Linda Denehy
    Professor Denehy is a PhD-qualified physiotherapist who is Head of the Melbourne School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has been a teaching and research academic since 1993 and obtained her PhD in 2002. 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. She has supervised over 25 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 in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. She has over 100 research publications in peer reviewed journals, has 15 invited editorials or book chapters and has been invited to 25 national and international meetings as a key note speaker. These include the European Respiratory Society 2014 (lung cancer) and the American Thoracic Society 2014 (Critical care). Prof Denehy 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. Prof Denehy 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.   


Member of

  • European Respiratory Society. Physiotherapy 2013 -
  • American Thoracic Society. Critical Care assembly 2010 -
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine. member 2010 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society. associate member 2009 -
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. associate member 1995 -
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association. member 1976 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002
  • GDipPhysioCardio, Lincoln 1987
  • BAppScPhysio, Lincoln 1976



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research interests are in rehabilitation in critical care, lung cancer , post abdominal surgery and COPD