DR Catherine Granger

DR Catherine Granger


  • Cancer (Exercise, rehabilitation, physical activity, fitness)
  • Intensive Care (Exercise, rehabilitation, physical activity, fitness)
  • Respiratory Diseases (Physical function, exercise, physical activity)



  • Dr Catherine Granger is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne. She is also the Head of Physiotherapy Research and Chair of the Allied Health Research and Quality Committee at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Dr Granger is a Victorian Cancer Agency Clinical Research Fellow (2017 - 2020) and past NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice Fellow (2014 - 2016). She completed her PhD and post-doc in the area of physical activity/exercise in lung cancer. She currently has an active research program across The University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital focused on the areas of exercise, physical activity and patient outcomes for chronic disease patient populations including cancer (lung, colorectal and haematological cancer), cardiac disease and respiratory disease. She supervises a number of PhD and MPhil students working on these projects and is available to take on new students. Dr Granger was the 2017 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year.   


Member of

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association Cancer, Palliative Care & Lymphoedema Network. Member 2014 -
  • European Respiratory Society. Member 2013 -
  • American Thoracic Society. Member 2012 -
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Member 2012 -
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association. Member 2002 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • BPhysio(Hons), University of Melbourne 2005

Awards and honors

  • American Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation Award, 2017
  • Melbourne Health Research Week - Top oral presentation - Health Services Category, 2017
  • 2017 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year, 2017
  • Melbourne School of Health Sciences 2017 Research Excellence Award, 2017
  • 2017 BioMedVic Early Career Clinician Researcher Award, 2017
  • Allied Health Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Care Center Symposium, 2015
  • Health Leader Award, Melbourne Health Finalist, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 2014
  • European Respiratory Society Young Scientist Award, European Respiratory Society, 2014
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Travel Scholarship, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2013
  • Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Scientific Meeting - Physiotherapy Special Interest Group Award for Best Oral Presentation, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2013
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2013
  • Grand Final Participant, Three Minute Thesis Competition, The University of Melbourne, 2011
  • Health Sector Leadership Program, 2011
  • Best Clinical Supervisor Award, Austin Health and The University of Melbourne, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Research areas include exercise, physical activity, fitness, function and outcome measurement for the following populations: cancer (lung, colorectal, haematological or other), chronic respiratory disease, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and intensive care.