“Not just surviving, but thriving in a PhD and beyond!”

Professor Terry Haines & Professor Robin Daly


Have you ever thought about doing research, but been afraid to ask how to go about it?

Are you interested in research and wondered if you could do a PhD?

Are you already completing a PhD but not sure where all this work might take me and how to get there?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this joint presentation on “Not just surviving, but thriving in a PhD and beyond!”. Professor Terry Haines (Head of School, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University) will help those looking to tip their toe in the water of the big research swimming pool by showcasing the pathways and some of the pitfalls for traversing a PhD. Professor Rob Daly (Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University) will then shed light upon the pathway of a flourishing career following completion of a PhD and tips to climbing the academic ladder to because a research or academic leader. Both will then brave questions from the audience, as those in attendance will be able to ask the most difficult questions considerable before this session moves to showcase some of the most outstanding early career research that allied health in Victoria have to offer.



Professor Robin M. DalyPhD, FSMA, holds the position of Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His research has focused on the integration of exercise physiology and nutrition as a means to both prevent disease and improve health outcomes across the lifespan, particularly in older adults. He has designed and completed many human clinical and translational intervention trials to prevent and manage common chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls and fractures as well as type 2 diabetes and cognitive related disorders. He is also interested in health issues related to vitamin D deficiency (and treatment), dietary protein and chronic low-grade systemic inflammation. He has been an active contributor nationally and internationally to clinical guidelines in the area of exercise, calcium and vitamin D for osteoporosis and fracture prevention. He is a fellow of Sports Medicine Australia, President-elect of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research, a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of Osteoporosis Australia and a council member of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.

Professor Terry Haines is Head of the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. In this role he is responsible for a school with 6 departments, over 150 staff, and over 180 research higher degree students. He has a professional background in physiotherapy and health economics, and has worked in research roles imbedded within health services for over 15 years before commencing as the Head of School in 2017. He has previously worked in conjoint roles between the University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital, and between Monash University and Monash Health.

Prof Haines commenced his research in the area of falls prevention in the hospital setting, leading the first randomised trial to prevent falls in this context. Since then he has gone on to undertake a range of research projects across health care settings. He has now published over 250 peer reviewed manuscripts, supervised 18 PhD students through to completion and attracted over $21 million in research funding. He has twice been awarded the NHMRC Achievement Award (2010, 2014).