Dr Kym Hennessy

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Lecturer in Podiatry and Academic Program Advisor, Podiatry, School of Health Sciences


Dr Kym Hennessy joined Western Sydney University in 2013 as a Lecturer in Podiatry and is also the Academic Program Advisor for the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine. Kym is currently responsible for the co-ordination and teaching of theoretical, clinical, and professional practice subjects across the Podiatric Medicine program.

She successfully completed her PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2014 for work entitled ‘Pre-clinical development of a podiatry-led complex intervention for foot problems in people with rheumatoid arthritis’. Kym was a member of the team that produced the ‘Health Care Needs Assessment of Services for Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis’ report for the Scottish Government. Current research interests are management options (with emphasis on orthoses and footwear) for people with foot and ankle problems due to rheumatic disorders, and cultural safety and spirituality in foot health.

Kym is also a registered podiatrist of 15+ years after graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Honours) Podiatry from the (then) University of Western Sydney. She has worked clinically in private practice and public health in Australia and worked as an honorary podiatrist in a multidisciplinary foot clinic for people with rheumatic conditions in the NHS Scotland.

Research Interests

  • Rheumatic conditions of the foot and ankle
  • Lower limb biomechanics and footwear
  • Cultural safety and spirituality in foot health

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Podiatry Association (2005)
  • Royal College of Podiatry (2009)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (2005)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) (2015)

Qualifications & Recognition

  • PhD Glasgow Caledonian University
  • BAppSc (Hons) Pod University of Western Sydney
  • BSc (ExSc) University of Wollongong
  • Arthritis Research UK Prize in Musculoskeletal Medicine for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (2012)

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3185
LocationBuilding 24 Campbelltown Campus