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Professor Lucy Lewis is the Deputy Director (Workforce Transformation and Research Capacity Building) of the Caring Futures Institute in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Lucy is a registered physiotherapist, an experienced educator in physiotherapy, and loves to find new and interesting ways to teach students about physiotherapy and health.


Lucy has been awarded over 5 million Australian dollars in research funding to date, and is interested in ways to get children and adults to sit less and move more to improve their health. She has skills in the use of accelerometers to objectively measure activity. Lucy is currently completing projects investigating activity of older adults in residential care, and an intervention to reduce sitting time in people with type 2 diabetes. Lucy has  supervised Honours, Masters by Research and PhD students to completion and is registered to supervise students both as Principal and Associate Supervisor.


Relevant memberships and contributions include:

  • Councillor, Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences (ACDHS)
  • Executive (Secretary), Council Physiotherapy Deans Australia and New Zealand (CPDANZ)
  • Councillor, Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) SA Branch Council
  • Advisory Board, Collaborative Australian Physiotherapy Research Initiative (CAPRI)
  • Editorial Board, BMC Geriatrics
  • Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University
  • REABLE Network (international collaboration for reablement for older people) 
  • Aged Care Centre for Growth and Translational Research (ACGTR) Restorative Care and Rehabilitation Knowledge Advisory Group
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of South Australia
  • Affiliate, Alliance for Research on Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), UniSA
  • Member International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Educators APA group
  • Executive (Deputy Chair), Immanuel Primary School Council


Previous positions:

  • Academic Lead Physiotherapy: 2020-2023
  • Interim Dean People and Resources: 2022
  • Teaching Program Director (Self-Regulating Health Professions: Audiology, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Speech Pathology, Disability and Community Inclusion) 2020-2021
  • Course Coordinator Master of Physiotherapy 2018-2020

Research Interests

  • Reablement for older adults
  • Development and evaluation of interventions to decrease sitting time in adults with and without chronic disease
  • Physical activity and children's health
  • Evidence-based practice and health professional education
  • Systematic reviews

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • Community participation of older adults (2)
  • A physical activity intervention for post-partum women; social media (UniSA, PhD) (1)
  • Compositional analysis techniques for health behaviours in children (UniSA PhD) (1)
  • EBP; development of a reporting guideline (UniSA, PhD) (1)
  • EBP; health professional education (UniSA, PhD) (1)
  • Guidelines for increasing children's physical activity in Outside Hours School Care (UniSA, PhD) (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of South Australia

Award Date: 13 Jul 2010

Bachelor (Honours), Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), University of South Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 2005

Bachelor, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of South Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 2001

Bachelor, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science), University of South Australia

Award Date: 31 Dec 1997

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of South Australia

2015 → …


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Research Areas

  • Physiotherapy
  • Healthy ageing and aged care
  • Exercise science/ physiology
  • Healthy start to life

Supervisory Interests

  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Children's health
  • Ageing
  • Childhood obesity, physical activity and community awareness
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Teaching physiotherapy
  • Cardiovascular disease


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