Opportunities for researchers and students

Interested in collaborating or studying with us? We welcome post-doctoral researchers and PhD students to join our team.

Our approach

We provide guidance and support while working with world-renowned researchers on high profile research projects. Researchers and students who work with us receive weekly supervision, allocation of a mentor, training in research skills and be able to attend weekly educational seminars. We encourage applications from dynamic, qualified, capable researchers and students with a passion for musculoskeletal health and physical activity research. Whether you have completed your PhD or undergraduate degree, if you are a team player and passionate about improving public health through research, we would love to hear from you.

For more information, please use the form to send us a query or contact us at imh.info@sydney.edu.au.

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    Current vacancies

    Wiser Healthcare Scholarship

    The scholarship is for a Research Masters or PhD student. The student will work with Professor Maher and the Wiser HealthCare research collaboration at the University of Sydney to undertake research studies in reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment in the area of musculoskeletal disorders. Some of the healthcare contexts to be considered include allied healthcare, emergency department presentations for back pain, ambulance callouts for back pain and overuse of imaging in sports medicine.

    For more information, contact IMH at imh.info@sydney.edu.au.

    Our current students and their projects

    Mrs Angela Vratsistas-Curto
    BAppSc (OT)

    Occupational Therapist

    Angela’s research focuses on dosage of arm rehabilitation and outcomes after stroke.

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    Mr Mike Swain
    BChiroSc, MChiroprac, MPhil

    Chiropractor

    Mike’s research focuses on gaining a greater understanding of the causes of spinal pain and musculoskeletal disorders in adolescents.

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    Mr Aron Downie
    BSc, MChiro, MPhil

    Chiropractor

    Aron’s research focuses on recovery from spinal pain and the accuracy of screening tools for detection of pathology for people with back pain.

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    Mr Daniel Treacy
    BAppSc (Phty), MHM

    Physiotherapist

    Daniel’s research focuses on measuring and increasing physical activity in the rehabilitation setting.

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    Ms Geraldine Wallbank
    BAppSc(Phty)

    Physiotherapist

    Geraldine’s research focuses on promotion of physical activity in middle age to promote independence in older age.

    Publications

    Miss Juliana Souza De Oliveira
    BPhty, MPhty

    Physiotherapist

    Juliana’s research focuses on healthy ageing and physical activity promotion in older people.

    Publications

    Mr Giovanni Ferreira
    BPhty, MSc

    Physiotherapist

    Giovanni’s research focuses on prevention and management of low back pain across different health settings, and how to improve low back pain care in middle-income countries.

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    Mrs Siobhan Wong
    BAppSc(Phty), MPH

    Physiotherapist

    Siobhan’s research focuses on implementation of physical activity in rehabilitation.

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    Mrs Kerry West
    MAppSc(Physio), FACP

    Head of Physiotherapy – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

    Kerry’s research focuses on increasing participation in sport and physical activity for children with physical disabilities.

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    Ms Sweekriti Sharma
    BPH, MA, MPH

    PhD Student – Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

    Sweekriti’s research focuses on reducing over-diagnosis and over-treatment of low back pain.

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    Ms Danielle Coombs
    BAppSc (Physiotherapy)

    Physiotherapist

    Danielle’s research focuses on improving the management and quality of life of people with low back pain.

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    Ms Amanda Bates
    BSc, GradDipSc, MPH, MSc

    Health Promotion Officer

    Amanda’s research focuses on reducing falls in older adults.

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    Student stories

    “I have loved working with the team at IMH. Undertaking my PhD at IMH has given me amazing opportunities to work with world leading researchers to study the detection of pathology, and recovery, in patients with low back pain. Additionally, the mentorship and support offered at IMH has given me the confidence to communicate with a broader scientific audience and plot a path for the next stages of my research career.”
    Aron Downie (PhD candidate)

    “A few years ago I was given the opportunity to work as a project manager across a series of research projects in rehabilitation. The project was led by a team of well-respected researchers including Prof Cathie Sherrington. I have been fortunate enough to be mentored by her during the time I worked on this project and now whilst completing my PhD along with Dr Anne Tiedemann. Their incredible research knowledge as well as their approachable and supportive nature is also reflected across the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health. The IMH has also provided me with amazing opportunities to present my work both nationally and internationally. I would strongly encourage other researchers or students looking to join the IMH and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them.”
    Angela Curto-Vratsistas (PhD candidate)

    “My PhD journey with IMH has been a positive life-changing experience. The PhD program has enriched my profession life as a healthcare clinician and opened new opportunities in the academic setting. Along the journey, I have presented at international symposia and collaborated with world leaders in the field of MSK disorders. My mentorship has been truly world class; I am incredibly grateful for the empowerment and support that my supervisors have provided.”
    Mike Swain (PhD Candidate)