Associate Professor Diana Perriman

BSc.App Phys. (USyd), MSc. (U.East London), PhD (ANU)
Associate Professor and Associate Director of HDR, ANU Medical School
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: +61 2 5124 3701

Areas of expertise

  • Orthopaedics 110314
  • Physiotherapy 110317
  • Human Movement And Sports Science 1106
  • Biomechanics 110601

Research interests

Clinical Trials

Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes 

Orthopaedic Arthroplasty Outcomes 


Knee kinematics


Dr Diana Perriman is the clinical research lead for the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit (TORU). TORU is based at the Canberra Hospital but is part of the ANU Medical School. Diana teaches research methods and supervises medical student, clinician and higher degree research within the discipline of orthopaedics. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and cosupervises Higher-Degree and Honours Physiotherapy students. Diana studied Physiotherapy at Sydney University and practiced clinically for more that 20 years both in Australia and the UK. During this time she gained an MSc with Distinction from the University of East London. She obtained her PhD from ANU in 2011 for her thesis examining thoracic kyphosis and aging. Since this time she has managed and led the clinical research arm at TORU with membership of the scientific advisory committee for ACT Health Ethics, past deputy chair of the ANU Medical School Research Project Committee, Member of the ANU Medical School Research Committee, convenor of the Advanced Research Project Course and Associate Director of HDR for the medical school. She is well connected to the clinical community in her TORU role and also as immediate past president of the ACT Australian Physiotherapy Association. Currently supervising three HDR scholars.

Researcher's projects

Kinematics of knee replacement (Pickles Knee Study)

Biomechanics of hamstring Injury

Morphological Changes in Whiplash

Femoroacetabular Impingement Outcomes

Infection in lower limb arthroplasty

Outcomes following gluteal tendon repair

Preventing the second fracture 

Towards an enhanced staging system for head and neck cancer

Developing a better solution for posterior pelvic fracture

Outcomes after Dual Mobility Hip arthroplasty.

Available student projects

Morphological and shape analyses of cervical muscles after whiplash


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  13 April 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers