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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Study with IMH


Listen to our research physio Betty talk on @abcsydney about our ComeBACK Trial – coaching and exercise for better walking (start listening at 25:40) https://t.co/KUHw9KlOYZ
For more information on the trial

Pleased that several of our staff collaborate with the impressive Prof Lisa Harvey. https://t.co/oG5JSKlWZ3
Sydney Health Partners @SHPartners
Can a web app meet the growing demand for physios in our hospitals? Prof Lisa Harvey is looking at just that with a clinical trial at four hospitals within SHP. Learn more🏋️ https://t.co/i6kA8wS7Ys
@syd_health @NthSydHealth @KollingINST https://t.co/pVIAjw0Y46

Exciting to see our own @janejlatimer contributing to the Aust. Academy of Science Catalysing Gender Equity Conference in Adelaide today. #CGE2020 The Panel Pledge is such a simple yet powerful way to raise the visibility of women. https://t.co/PXIUgR4NXr

What a great resource! https://t.co/qFwBf6HAiM
Cochrane Methods @cochranemthds
Missed the Virtual #MethodSymp earlier this month? Catch-up on all the talks from an amazing line-up via this link: https://t.co/c6FM8o4vdi📹inc issues in prespecification, PICO for synthesis, qualitative evidence, NMAs, multiplicity & hierarchical rules, adverse effects & DTA https://t.co/E6fhOWrTnm

Listen to @Leanne_Hassett talk on @abcnews this morning about digitally enabled rehab in the AMOUNT trial @Sydney_Uni @SydneyLHD https://t.co/AaUZdEe3C4