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Professor; NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University

Professor Hylton Menz is a podiatrist who graduated with first class Honours and the University Medal from La Trobe University in 1993, and completed his PhD focusing on gait patterns, balance and falls at the University of NSW in 2002. He is currently an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and leads the Lower Extremity and Gait Studies program at La Trobe University. Professor Menz’s broad research disciplines are human movement, rehabilitation and rheumatology, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal foot problems in older people. His research extends from laboratory-based biomechanical studies through to analysis of epidemiological datasets and the conduct of clinical trials. Professor Menz has published over 160 papers in podiatry, gerontology, rheumatology and biomechanics journals, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. He has won several awards for his research, including the Young Tall Poppy Award by the Australian Institute for Policy and Science, the La Trobe University Excellence in Research Award, first prize in the British Medical Association Book Awards for his textbook Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management, and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to conduct research at Harvard University. Professor Menz’s current research focuses on the epidemiology and management of foot disorders in older people, with a particular emphasis on osteoarthritis.


  • 2012–present
    NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University
  • 2007–2011
    NHMRC Research Fellow (Career Development Award), La Trobe University
  • 2003–2007
    NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, La Trobe University
  • 1997–2002
    Lecturer in Podiatry, University of Western Sydney


  • 2002 
    University of New South Wales, PhD
  • 1993 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours)

Research Areas

  • Podiatry (110318)
  • Geriatrics And Gerontology (110308)
  • Rheumatology And Arthritis (110322)
  • Biomechanics (110601)
  • Rehabilitation And Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy) (110321)
  • Physiotherapy (110317)