Professor Keith Hill
Keith Hill is Professor of Allied Health at La Trobe University and Northern Health, and a senior researcher at the National Ageing Research Institute. He is a physiotherapist with 30 years experience in practice, and 15 years in research related to improving health and other outcomes for older people. His research interests have focused on falls prevention, physical activity, and rehabilitation (in particular stroke and hip fracture rehabilitation) for older people, but have more recently broadened to include associated areas such as cognitive impairment, person centred care, and health service evaluation. He has conducted both research and implementation based trials in community, residential care and hospital settings.
- Professor of Allied Health, LaTrobe University / Northern Health (Sept 2007- )
- Senior Researcher, Preventive and Public Health Division, National Ageing Research Institute, PO Box 31, Parkville, Victoria. 3052 (Sept 2007- )
Has received over 50 competitive research grants, over half as CIA, with overall funding exceeding $AUD8,000,000. These include six NHMRC project grants, and ARC Linkages grant, and multiple projects through the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Veterans' Affairs, and the Victorian Government Department of Human Services.
Fields of specialization :
Geriatrics, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, falls prevention, exercise and older people, inter-disciplinary care
Current Research Areas/Topics:
- Exercise to improve balance and reduce falls in older people, and in people with Alzheimer's disease.
- Falls prevention for people after stroke,
- Falls prevention for older people in hospital,
- Improving health outcomes after total hip and total knee surgery.
Engagement with allied health disciplines:
Professor Hill has a number of roles which give him involvement across a range of allied health disciplines throughout the health sector. His primary work role is within Northern Health, a large metropolitan health service including acute, sub-acute and community based services, supporting and building research capacity across the allied health disciplines. He is also currently on the national council for the Australian Association of Gerontology, a key interdisciplinary group supporting research, education and policy change to achieve improved outcomes for older people. He is also a Board member for Arthritis Victoria, a peak body for people of all ages with varying forms of arthritis, that engages across the health sector with all allied health disciplines. Professor Hill is Chair of the Arthritis Victoria Professional Advisory Committee, which oversees Arthritis Victoria's engagement with all health professional disciplines.
Member of Editorial Boards (international journals):
- Member of the Editorial Board: Journal of Ageing and Physical Activity, 2003-
- Member of the Editorial Board: Journal of Clinical Geriatrics and gerontology, 2010-
Recent research assessor for:
- NHMRC Grant Review Panels (2006, 2007, 2009); ARC; Research Grants Council, Hong Kong; Irish Research Council; Israel Science Foundation; Health Research Council of New Zealand
Research (post graduate) student supervision:
Professor Hill has 110 publications in international and national journals, including the British Medical Journal (impact factor 9.245), American Journal of Epidemiology (IF:5.241), Clinical Science (IF 3.900), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (IF:3.331), Journals of Gerontology (IF: 3.455), Haemophilia (IF:3.073), Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (IF:2.440), and Age and Ageing (IF: 1.919).
Fifteen conference presentations in 2010, including invited symposium at the World Conference of Biomechanics (Singapore), and invited speaker at the Australian Rheumatology Conference (Brisbane) and the National Dementia Conference (Melbourne) in 2011.
Has 48 project reports, mostly for Australian or Victorian Governments, and 10 book chapters.
- 1999 - Physiotherapy Achievement Award (APA Victorian Branch)
- 2004 - Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology
- 2010 - Distinguished Member - Australian Association of Gerontology.