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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New from @giovanni_ef & Co.

TOPS - a randomized controlled trial of exercise and education to prevent recurrence of low back pain: statistical analysis plan

https://t.co/C4gHjDHPXf https://t.co/bKIksldowp

Physical therapists are providing more untested treatments over time...why is this?

-clinical innovation? 🧐
-challenge of keeping up to date with evidence?
-"evidence is not relevant to practice" belief?

@zadro_josh & @giovanni_ef discuss this here https://t.co/obMHN8BQis

Many patient decision aids seem to be using the wrong evidence 👀👎

"Less than 1/2 of online patient decision aids for low back pain and knee OA used evidence from guidelines, systematic reviews or randomised controlled trials to inform their estimates of benefits and harms" https://t.co/DLGI6azqRm

Looking forward to this seminar today! https://t.co/z9SjfObA7h
Emmanuel Stamatakis @M_Stamatakis
Thur 21/5 Sydney School of Public Health & Charles Perkins Centre @CPC_usyd physical activity seminar: Prof Chris Lonsdale @lonsdale_c will be talking about the iPLAY cluster RCT, registration link here: https://t.co/2V5dixLeTx @CathieSherr @msk_health https://t.co/zAOw6JkbJw

We are very proud to announce that 4 @msk_health researchers were awarded @nhmrc #investigatorgrants in the last round. Congratulations to @CGMMaher @DrChristineLin @stevekamper1 @zadro_josh Read below for more details about their #research @syd_health @SydMSK @ChooseWiselyAU

Letters For The Front is a fabulous new initiative aimed at boosting the morale and wellbeing of our wonderful front line healthcare workers. Send your letter of support here: https://t.co/b1NIesQ8Gt #COVID19 #MDOK https://t.co/A0pBNVaZEL