A targeted approach

By working together we can achieve more, faster

  • Our vision – The Institute’s vision is to optimise musculoskeletal health and physical activity through high quality, patient-centred collaborative research.

  • Our team – The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health brings together over 60 research staff, research students, and professional staff from the University of Sydney with a growing group of Sydney Local Health District clinicians. Our senior researchers, recognised as world leaders in their fields, head a range of NHMRC-funded projects and partner with international organisations in the area of musculoskeletal health and physical activity. Read more here.

  • Our major funding partners – NHMRC, Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation, Agency for Clinical Innovation, Medibank Better Health Foundation, and Sydney Health Partners.

Million in Funding
Peer reviewed publications in the last 12 months
Higher Degree Research Students

Back Pain and Musculoskeletal Conditions

This stream of research aims to improve understanding of common musculoskeletal conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. This stream also aims to define the most appropriate assessments and interventions to address these conditions.

Physical Activity,
Ageing and

This stream of research aims to promote healthy ageing through improved mobility, physical activity, and the prevention of falls. This stream also includes a focus on disability and engagement in physical activity.

Evidence and Equity

This stream hosts the PEDro partnership which maintains the flagship PEDro database, the most comprehensive and reviewed database of physiotherapy evidence globally. This stream also has an interest in equity in indigenous health.


Interested in working with our world leading researchers? For our upcoming scholarships in these streams, click here for further information.

Key publications

Following are some of our most recent key publications.

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“Timely research that addresses important questions is critical for reducing the burden associated with back pain.”



We are a proud partnership of Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney.

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Low back pain presentations to New South Wales emergency departments: Trends over time and geographical variation


@giovanni_ef @gustavocmachado @BethanRichards3 @CGMMaher

Exciting news! Our @CathieSherr has joined the Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association
@CPISRA board! https://t.co/WCIR6bG8gs
our third new member to the board is:

Cathie Sherrington - Member at Large
Cathie joins the CPISRA board with an extensive background in CP through her work in physiotherapy and as a Professor, at the University of Sydney, where she is a Senior Research Fellow. https://t.co/GQ6okU4pIJ

🏆 Congratulations @giovanni_ef and team! https://t.co/oJjulwHhqm
Giovanni Ferreira @giovanni_ef
Our trial of dry needling for chronic neck pain has received the JOSPT Excellence in Research Award! Thanks very much @JOSPT for the recognition & Fábio for leading the team!

@msk_health https://t.co/hv19iKIADA

The Safe Exercise at Home website aims to help older people exercise safely at home. With Victoria currently in lockdown, this may be a useful tool to keep older people active while at home @exercise_at #COVID19Vic https://t.co/aPKbGvipsy

Big congratulations to @siobhancwong for winning the Emerging Digital Health Researchers award in the mHealth category at Digital Health Week 2021! 🥇🥇🥇

@digitalhealthn https://t.co/IWOJytCtJ4
DigitalHealthNetwork @digitalhealthn
Congratulations to all of the Winners in the Emerging Digital Health Researchers!! 🎖️🎖️🎖️ @JaoCarminati
@SunjayaMD @siobhancwong @lil_3c Anna Fedyukova #DigitalHealthWeek21 @MHIX_UOM https://t.co/pnVRQYGJo1

Watch @zadro_josh's nice overview of a recently published systematic review on the effectiveness of biofeedback for adults with neck pain in @MSKPhysioJnl

@evpappas https://t.co/EW32wV80Eq