ahm Awards $750,000 Medical Research Grant
The ahm Health and Medical Research Fund has awarded a $753,884 grant to Professor Kim
Bennell, Professor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University, to conduct new research into
(PRWEB) February 13, 2010 -- The Health and Medical Research Fund, established by ahm Health Insurance,
has awarded a $753,884 grant to Professor Kim Bennell, Professor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University, to
conduct new research into osteoarthritis.
The research project, "Addressing pain in knee osteoarthritis: physiotherapist-delivered exercise and cognitive
behavioural therapy", will be carried out over two years and hopes to determine optimal treatment and
management of the disease.
Dean Tillotson, Executive General Manager of ahm Health Insurance said the Fund had made some important
contributions to health and medical research since its inception in 1986, and that this research into osteoarthritis
could have a life-changing impact on sufferers of the condition.
"ahm has a long history of helping its members to stay active and maintain their health and wellbeing. This grant
– funded by donations from our members – will make a significant contribution to many who suffer from this
chronic condition that does not have a cure. Our medical research fund has also assisted important research into
stress, childhood leukaemia, bowel cancer screening, Parkinson’s disease and development of a malaria vaccine."
The funding is to undertake a randomised controlled trial to investigate whether an intervention of exercise
combined with cognitive behavioural therapy delivered by physiotherapists will be more effective in improving
pain, physical and psychological functioning in people with knee osteoarthritis compared with either exercise or
cognitive behavioural therapy alone.
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of musculoskeletal pain and disability in Australia and the knee is the most
commonly affected weight bearing joint. Knee osteoarthritis is a chronic disea