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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Join @CathieSherr and @MamataTamrakar in our latest episode of #IMHChats: https://t.co/xzX7ot1Ati

This video series showcases the versatile careers in science at @msk_health https://t.co/nQyzHXVj7F

This segment with our ComeBACK team will be airing again today at 1:30pm on @RadioNational! Hear from @CathieSherr, Betty Ramsay and two of our ComeBACK participants. https://t.co/e1YrtGAxnW

📻Did you catch our ComeBACK team and participants on @RadioNational over the weekend? You can listen to the interview now online (our segment starts at 14:06). https://t.co/5a72Y3kFzq @syd_health @Sydney_Uni @SydneyLHD

The ComeBACK trial is currently recruiting participants in Australia who have some difficulty walking 800m. The trial provides free phone-based support (as calls or texts) from a physiotherapist to improve walking ability. For more information: https://t.co/9cN6ehm5HA https://t.co/efTQwd1KOY