Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Dr Dilani Mendis

Dr Dilani Mendis
BSc BPhty(Hons) PhD

Research Fellow, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (joint appointment with Mater Hospital)


Dr Dilani Mendis graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science majoring in biochemistry and physiology and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with first class Honours. Her Honours topic focused on ageing and rehabilitation by investigating balance ability in patients with diabetes.

The recipient of an NHMRC Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship and project funding from Arthritis Australia, the Physiotherapy Research Fund and the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Dilani completed her doctoral studies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at The University of Queensland in 2012. She has worked in clinical settings, including hospital and private practice, in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. Dilani’s current research focuses on investigating the relationship of hip muscle morphology and function to hip joint pathology and lower limb injury through the use of real-time ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance imaging and clinical tests.

Recent publications

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  • Small multifidus size predicts football injuries

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  • Hip flexor muscle size, strength and recruitment pattern in patients with acetabular labral tears compared to healthy controls

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  • The relationship between the piriformis muscle, low back pain, lower limb injuries and motor control training among elite football players

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  • The relationship of transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus clinical muscle tests in patients with chronic low back pain.

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  • Validity of Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging to Measure Anterior Hip Muscle Size: A Comparison with MRI

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  • Effect of prolonged bed rest on the anterior hip muscles

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