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Dr. Benjamin Peterson

Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), Doctor of Philosophy
Senior Lecturer | Head of Course - Podiatry
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Rockhampton North
34 - 1.18
About Me

Benjamin completed his Bachelor of Podiatry (2015), Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) (2016), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2022), at The University of Newcastle, Australia. Benjamin's PhD was focused on identifying intrinsic and extrinsic factors which influence the risk of running-related injury among recreational runners.

From 2016 to 2021, Benjamin worked as an academic staff member at The University of Newcastle, with a teaching focus on the biomechanical function of the lower extremity. In this role, Benjamin contributed to the development of Honours and PhD students. During this time, Benjamin also practiced as a clinical podiatrist across a variety of settings including private clinics, local health districts, and outreach programs.

Benjamin's research focus is running-related injury, however he is also actively researching across a range of areas including physical activity promotion, connective tissue disorders, chronic disease management, vascular disease, low back pain, occupational therapy, and sports science. Benjamin's research has been published in high-quality journals such as Sports Medicine - Open, Journal of Sports Sciences, and Diabetic Medicine, and has been presented at key conferences, including the Australian Podiatry Association NSW/ACT Paediatrics Symposium (2017), the Australian Podiatry Conference (2017, 2019), and the Sports Medicine Australia Conference (2021, 2022). 

Benjamin joined CQUniversity in January 2022 and is appointed to the role Senior Lecturer and Head of Course within the Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours) course, and is a member of the Musculoskeletal Health and Rehabilitation Research Group and the Exercise and Sports Science Rehabilitation Research Cluster. 

Universities Studied At

The University of Newcastle, Australia

Universities Worked At

School of Health Sciences, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle, Australia

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle, Australia

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity, Australia


Faculty of Health Research Training Program (PhD) Scholarship (University of Newcastle)

Professional Experience

Clinical roles:

Podiatrist/Supervisor: Buridja First Nations Peoples Outreach Clinic (Wellington, NSW) - September 2019 to present

Podiatrist: The Hunter Foot Clinic (Adamstown, NSW) - January 2018 to January 2022

Podiatrist (Locum): Yerin/Elanor Duncan Aboriginal Health Service (Wyong, NSW) - November to December 2021

Podiatrist (Locum): The Hunter Valley Foot Clinic (Hunter Valley, NSW) - November 2020 to March 2021

Podiatrist: Central Podiatry (Morisset, NSW) - January 2016 to January 2018

Academic roles:

Associate Lecturer/Clinical Educator: The University of Newcastle, Australia (2018 to 2021)

Research Assistant: The University of Newcastle, Australia (2016 to 2021)

Casual Academic: The University of Newcastle, Australia (2016 to 2018)

Professional Memberships

Australasian Council of Podiatry Deans

Australian Foot and Ankle Research Network

CQUniversity Musculoskeletal Health and Rehabilitation Research Group

CQUniversity Exercise and Sport Science Rehabilitation Research Cluster

AHPRA/Australian Podiatry Council registration

Australian Podiatry Association Queensland Regional Council

Sports Medicine Australia

Athletics NSW recreational running coaching certification

Key Achievements

First author paper selected as the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 'Featured Article' from November 2018 to February 2019 (Physical and mechanical therapies for lower limb symptoms in children with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: a systematic review).

Invitation to present at The Australian Podiatry Association (NSW/ACT) Inaugural Paediatrics Symposium, August 2017.

Invitation to participate in Exercise and Sports Science Australia's 'Sports Science Horizons Scanning and Scenario Generation Workshop' held at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, August 2019. 

Contributed to the introduction of 'Pint of Science Australia' to the NSW Central Coast region.

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