Dr Innes graduated as a chiropractor from RMIT in 1983. He practiced for more than 30 years in private clinical practice in outer Melbourne, Victoria, and during that time completed his training as a clinical psychologist in 2002.
Dr Innes was appointed as a Lecturer at Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 2014. He teaches subjects in rehabilitation, ethics, professional practice and mental health care in chiropractic practice. His research areas have included chiropractic student well-being, accreditation and the competent practice of chiropractic that were part of his PhD that was completed in 2009.
Several recent publications have looked at facilitators and barriers to chiropractic professional membership. Since his time at Murdoch University he has had 24 publications resulting in a h-index of 9 and a Field-weighted citation index of 1.5.