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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Fantastic to see @Leanne_Hassett receiving the very well-deserved @Sydney_Uni Vice-Chancellor’s award for Outstanding Teaching and Research! Well done, Leanne! https://t.co/a1DQb7ltpC


HUGE congratulations to science reporter @liammannix who won a **Walkley award** over the weekend!

Register now to hear us speak with Liam and 3 other expert communicators @JulieLeask @DrBFreeman @BetootaAdvocate on Dec 8:

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Join our webinar where we ask experts in health communication, science journalism, and political satire how they change minds about health and medicine

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Very proud of our hardworking students and their supervisors 🏆 https://t.co/diDeNzCJZ5
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Proud students with their supervisors at the awards night @GeraldineWallb1. Huge congratulations to @adrian_traeger and @AnneTiedemann1 from @msk_health for being selected finalists for @Sydney_Uni SUPRA Supervisor of the year award 2020. Very well deserved👏🏻🥂 https://t.co/QAiLUDpYYQ


A new review from our group found the use of opioids by people with chronic pain hasn’t changed over time



@DrSMathieson @CGMMaher @DrChristineLin @AndMacUSyd @RachelleBuchbin @SalPearson @warwickmed @msk_health

Interested in learning how to challenge misconceptions?

Join our webinar where we ask experts in health communication, science journalism, and political satire how they change minds about health & medicine!

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