Associate Professor Melainie Cameron

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Associate Professor Melainie Cameron


Teaching areas

  • Exercise Management in Chronic Disease
  • Exercise for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Case Management and Occupational Rehabilitation

Research areas

  • clinical applications of exercise (exercise is medicine)
  • rheumatology (arthritis management, particularly non-drug management)
  • systematic reviews of clinical interventions
  • clinical supervision of students and early career practitioners


Melainie (Lainie) Cameron is an osteopath and an accredited exercise physiologist. She joined USC as associate professor in February 2012, to lead the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science program.

Lainie has been involved in university education and research in some way or another for most of her career, commencing as a sessional lecturer and clinician in the osteopathy program at Victoria University in 1995. Progressively she has become more and more involved in academia, completing two research degrees, and throwing her lot into applied clinical research.

In 2006 she moved into the exercise rehabilitation area at Victoria University. Then in 2009 she left Victoria University to join the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane in a similar capacity, before moving on to the USC in 2012.

Lainie is passionate about good quality research, and intrigued by the complexities and challenges that arise when research meets clinical work. Most of her research and clinical practice is in rheumatology (arthritis care). She also serves as a mentor of new graduate exercise physiologists under Exercise and Sport Science Australia's mentorship scheme.

Research grants

Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Cameron M Health Workforce Australia National Clinical Supervision Fellowship 2013 Support and education for exercise physiology clinical supervisors across QLD
  Cochrane Collaboration bursary ($5,000 USD) 2012  
  Five year service award: Arthritis Victoria WAVES 2009  
Cameron M, Chrubasik S, Parsons T, Gagnier J, Blümle A, Little C EULAR Travel Bursary (€750) 2007 for one of the best abstracts submitted for the European League Against Rheumatism Congress in Barcelona
Cameron M, Selig S, Carlson J. Active Workers, Active Clients Department of Human Services – Health and Ageing (A$26,500) 2006 Joint project with City of Maribyrnong, City of Brimbank, and Shire of Melton.
Power R & Cameron M EULAR Travel Bursary (€1,000) 2005 for one of the best abstracts submitted for the European League Against Rheumatism Congress in Vienna.
Cameron M, Andersen MB, Speed HD EULAR Travel Bursary (€1,000) 2004 for one of the best abstracts submitted for the European League Against Rheumatism Congress in Berlin.
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