Associate Professor Ross Iles is the Deputy Director of the Healthy Working Lives Research Group at Monash University. He has a Physiotherapy degree and PhD from La Trobe University, and a postgraduate diploma in Work Disability Prevention studies from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada. Prior to joining the HWLRG at Monash he taught physiotherapy and research skills to university students for over ten years.
Ross’ particular research interests focus on methods of identifying individuals at risk of prolonged work disability and has led projects in Victoria, NSW and Qld related to the development and implementation of methods to enable early and appropriate intervention. He was also part of the team who developed education for physiotherapists managing clients injured at work or on the road in Victoria and South Australia. He is the lead researcher on the Driving Health project, with the aim of helping drivers in the transport industry to be healthy and stay healthy at work.
His approach to research focuses on developing a partnership to understand not only the problems to be solved, but also to identify solutions that fit best with the demands of all stakeholders.