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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Such an amazing achievement! Congratulations @CathieSherr and Tamsin! 🏆 https://t.co/0YzYvCaQeX
Cathie Sherrington @CathieSherr
Chuffed to receive Cerebral Palsy Sporting & Recreation Association NSW President’s Award for voluntary work. Proud of daughter Tamsin Colley joint Athlete of the Year! Help us get the message to more with cerebral palsy & other neurological conditions who’d like to get involved. https://t.co/4Aywn1BXIb

📺Watch Rik Dawson, PhD candidate and @apaphysio director, go through some exercises that older people can safely do at home @exercise_at. Rik appears in the @OPAN_AU webinar around 43:47 https://t.co/k8ahps1xQD

📖Read about the importance of physical activity for older people and the Safe Exercise at Home website @exercise_at in an interview with Rik Dawson, PhD candidate and @apaphysio director 👇 https://t.co/juWtUXum3O

Minke has done some amazing work during her time at the IMH 👏 We are very grateful that she chose to come to Australia for part of her Masters. https://t.co/h4f28aUdnV
Anne Tiedemann @AnneTiedemann1
Thoroughly enjoyed a presentation from visiting Masters student Minke Geerts about her research into sport for people with disability. Lots we can learn in Australia from Minke’s homeland, The Netherlands, about the role sport can play. @msk_health @Leanne_Hassett https://t.co/SeNMTf8zFM

Congratulations to the @PEDro_CEBP team for the launch of their new website today! Check it out 👇 https://t.co/ViMqTj9Rwk