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Dr Kevin Kemp-Smith

Assistant Professor

Level 5, Bond Institute of Health and Sport, 2 Promethean Way, Robina QLD 4226

Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

Research interests


My name is Kevin Kemp-Smith; thank you for reading this page. 

I am an academic, educator, researcher and clinical educator in the School of Physiotherapy at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia.

I  hold a Post Professional Doctorate in Science (Sc.D) focusing on Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. I have extensive clinical experience in hospitals (emergency room, intensive care, orthopedic, and infectious disease wards) and the private sector (aquatic physical therapy, general outpatient orthopedics, and private practice). My Physical Therapy and academic positions have taken me to rural and remote regions in the Hawaiian Islands, Utah, West Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. These experiences, including a five-year academic position within the School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University in Perth, West Australia, have been pivotal in shaping my research and academic interests.

My research interests are diverse, including but not limited to the following; 

  • Aquatic activity and mental health
  • Conditioning strategies for Big Wave Surfing
  • Air, land, and sea safety protocols utilised in Big Wave Surfing
  • Blue Zones: determinants of longevity and healthspan
  • Psychologically Informed Physiotherapy strategies
  • Combating non-communicable diseases through effective education
  • Utilising non-pharmacological strategies for pain and inflammation reduction in a physiotherapy context

Of current interest is work my colleagues and I are undertaking in aquatic trauma management (shark attack) and bleeding mitigation through direct arterial pressure. 



  • Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Post Professional Doctorate of Science, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Award Date: 7 Feb 2007
  • Physical Therapy, Post Professional Master of Science (Physical Therapy. High Honors), Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Award Date: 27 Feb 2002
  • Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy), Auckland University of Technology, Award Date: 12 Dec 1998
  • Physical Education, Diploma in Teaching, Auckland College of Education, Award Date: 15 Dec 1989

Fields of Research

  • Allied health and rehabilitation science

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