Prof Paul Bennett



Honorary Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Nursing & Midwifery


Off-Campus (Home)

+61 3 925 17847


Paul Bennett, RN, PhD, MHSM, GCert (App Stats) is an Honorary Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University. Paul is currently a research lead in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, USA. Paul's most recent positions were the Foundation Chair and Professor in Translational Nursing at Western Health - Deakin University Partnership, Deputy Coordinator of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Higher Degrees Program and Alfred Deakin Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Monash Health - Deakin University Centre of Nursing Research.

Paul's research teams focus on strategies to improve the quality of life of people with chronic and end stage kidney disease using self-management techniques, resistance and aerobic exercise, laughter therapy, home dialysis, e-learning, communication techniques, imagery, and workforce models. Paul's recent ground-breaking research, demonstrating the effect of exercise for people with end stage kidney disease, has received international acclaim through high impact factor publications, social media, television and radio, resulting in the increased use of exercise tools in dialysis units throughout the world.

Paul was the Foundation Editor-in-Chief of the Renal Society of Australasia Journal (2005-2015), Foundation Chair of the Kidney Health Australia Nursing Grants Program and Foundation Co-Chair of the Joanna Briggs Evidenced Based Renal Node. Paul was a Co-Chair on the Home Haemodialysis Global Forum who developed an internationally recognised web-based tool box to support home dialysis therapies in developing areas of the world.

Paul actively supervises higher degree students (PhD, Masters, Honours). Paul has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, in particular, questionnaire validity and reliability testing, stepped-wedge randomised control trials, screening tool development and critical ethnography. In the past 10 years Paul has been the recipient of over $1m in research funding, numerous industry and academic awards, presented over 200 conference presentations and published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly publications.

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Research interests

Paul's research focus is around exercise, nutrition and self management, particularly for people living with chronic kidney disease. Other areas of recent published scholarship have been technological intimacy, health and educational technologies, nursing workforce, paired academic peer review and interprofessional education.



International Academy of Nurse Editors

World Association of Medical Editors

American Nephrology Nurses Association

Royal College of Nursing Australia

Renal Society of Australasia Executive Committee (Federal)

Chief Editor Renal Society of Australasia Journal

Renal Society of Australasia Conference Scientific Committee

Chair: Kidney Health Australia Nursing Scholarships Committee

Member: Kidney Health Australia Medical and Scientific Committee

Editorial Board Memberships

Journal of Renal Care (European EDTNA/ERCA) (ERA = A)

Renal Society of Australasia Journal (Chair)


Journal of Advanced Nursing (ERA = A)

International Journal of Nursing Studies (ERA = A)

Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation (NDT) (ERA = A)

Journal of Renal Care (European EDTNA/ERCA) (ERA = A)


Knowledge areas

Exercise in Renal Dialysis

Kidney Disease



In the past seven years Associate Professor Bennett has been the recipient of two teaching, five research and three industry awards.


Paul is Foundation Editor of the Renal Society of Australasia Journal and Foundation Chair of the Kidney Health Australia Nursing Grants Program.


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Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluation of goldfields Kidney Disease Nursing Management Program

Prof Paul Bennett, Prof Beverly O'Connell

  • 2013: $20,000
  • 2012: $40,000


No completed student supervisions to report