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.”



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In response to #COVID19, @PEDro_CEBP have put together a collection of papers to guide the use of #telehealth in #physiotherapy 👏👇👇👀 https://t.co/LVssDVYVId

14% of patients with low back pain presenting to healthcare facilities in Ethiopia are admitted to hospital, and stay in hospital for an average of 7 days 🏥😣 https://t.co/e8k1aGYT3I
Chris Maher @CGMMaher
More evidence that the mistakes of high-income countries are being repeated in low resource settings. @msk_health https://t.co/qnJAxVxfRl

Very interesting thread on why we should reconsider the findings of a recent review making a "strong recommendation for manual therapy in the early phase" for rotator cuff disease. Great work @thomas_jesson https://t.co/JwtKnalmJg

Bibliometric analysis of #backpain research highlights that Australia, the @Sydney_Uni and @CGMMaher were the most prolific country, institution and author in terms of publications in the field. Well done and keep up the good work!! 👏💪 https://t.co/rjAnwOEobo

How can physiotherapists ensure they are well-equipped to help contribute to the management of COVID-19 patients?? See below for excellent guidance 👏👇 #COVIDー19 @apaphysio @JoP_Editor #physiotherapy https://t.co/1Kvqlb49a4
Mark Elkins @JoP_Editor
Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting: clinical practice recommendations

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Thanks everyone for your amazing cooperation
@chodgsonANZICRC @PhysioPeterT @iantheboden @GrangerCL https://t.co/xKhVGYhMxm

Important program for clinicians interested in delivering treatment using telehealth for patients with knee osteoarthritis 📲 💻 👇👇 @HinmanRana @apaphysio @DrChrisBarton https://t.co/ClgNu8HFwq