About the IMH team

The Institute is comprised of more than 60 research and professional staff and students and a growing group of Sydney Local Health District musculoskeletal clinicians. Our researchers head a range of NHMRC-funded projects and partner with world-leading organisations in the area of musculoskeletal health, physical activity, and healthy ageing, with many recognised as world-leaders in their fields.

To find out more about joining our team, please contact us

Executive committee

BAppSc(Phty), GradDipAppSc(ExSpSc), GradDipAppSc(ManipPhty), PhD, DMedSc, FACP, FAHMS

Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health
Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
Physiotherapist

Chris’s research focuses on improving healthcare for low back pain and related musculoskeletal conditions. He co-leads the Institute’s Back Pain and Musculoskeletal Conditions stream and leads the Evidence and Equity research stream.

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BAppSc (Phty), GradDipAppSc (Manip Phty), PhD, MAPA

Deputy Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health
Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
Physiotherapist

Jane’s research focuses on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of common musculoskeletal disorders, in particular, back pain. She is also working at the University and nationally to accelerate the careers of women in STEMM. She co-leads the Institute’s Back Pain and Musculoskeletal Conditions research stream and the Indigenous Health research theme.

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M.B.B.S (Hons), MClin Epi, MSportsMed, FRACP, CCPU

Deputy Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health
Rheumatology Head of Department, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
Rheumatologist

Bethan’s research focuses on clinical epidemiology, inflammatory arthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound, pain management, soft tissue injury, back pain, low-value care, doctor well-being, and medical education.

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BAppSc (Phty), MPH, PhD, FAHMS

Deputy Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health
Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
Physiotherapist

Cathie’s research focuses on physical activity interventions to prevent falls and enhance mobility in older people and people with physical disabilities. She leads the Institute’s Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability research stream.

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Research theme leaders

MBBS, MMed(Clin Epi), PhD, FRACS(Orth), FAOrthA

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UNSW Sydney
Honorary Professor, University of Sydney

Ian is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon and academic in the field of clinical research (including clinical trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies, and registries) focusing on surgical outcomes. He leads the Institute’s Surgery research theme.

Grants and Publications

BSc (Human Movement), GradDipSc (Exercise Science), PhD

NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Exercise Physiologist

Anne’s research focuses on developing and evaluating physical activity-based approaches to the prevention of falls and promotion of healthy ageing. She leads the Institute’s Healthy Ageing Research Theme.

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BPhty, PGDipHSc, PhD

Principal Research Fellow
NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Physiotherapist

Christine’s research focuses on finding simple, effective, and low-cost treatments for people with pain and musculoskeletal conditions. She leads the Institute’s Intervention Testing research theme.

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BSc(Hons), BAppSc(Phty), PhD

Co-Lead, Centre for Pain, Health and Lifestyle
NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Physiotherapist

Steve’s research focuses on the impact of chronic pain on lifestyle and mental health, in children and adults. He leads the Institute’s Children and Adolescents research theme.

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BAppSc(Phty), GradDipAppSc(ExSpSc), PhD

Co-Founder, Physiotherapy Research Database (PEDro)
Principal Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

Anne’s research focuses on evidence-based practice and the effects of rehabilitation interventions for people with neurotrauma or orthopaedic trauma. She leads the PEDro Partnership.

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BAppSc(Phty), MHlthSc(Neuro Phty), PhD

Senior Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

Leanne’s research focuses on reducing the global epidemic of physical inactivity, focusing on people with disabilities from neurological health conditions. She leads the Institute’s Disability research theme.

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Research topic leaders

BPharm, PhD

University of Sydney Early Career Development Fellow
Pharmacist

Christina’s research focuses on evaluating the quality use of medicines and non-pharmacological interventions across a range of conditions. She is the Medicines, Complementary & Alternative Therapies topic leader within the Institute’s Intervention Testing research theme.

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BPhty (Hons), PhD

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

Gustavo’s research focuses on e-Health and translational research to test the effectiveness of interventions for back pain. He is the Emergency Department and e-health topic leader within the Institute’s Improving Clinical Care research theme.

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BAppSc(Hons)Bt, MChiro, PhD

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow
Clinician Researcher

Stephanie’s research focuses on addressing the overuse of medicine in chronic pain and back pain. She is the Reducing Overuse of Medicines topic leader within the Institute’s Preventing Overdiagnosis research theme.

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BPhty (Hons), MSc, PhD

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

Marina’s research focuses on investigating the cost-effectiveness of physical activity programs and implementing solutions to improve physical activity promotion by health professionals within routine care. She is the Cost Effectiveness topic leader within the Institute’s Mobility and Falls research theme.

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BPhty (Hons ), PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

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

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BPhty (Hons), MPhty, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

Juliana’s research focuses on clinical trials for optimising musculoskeletal health and physical activity. Juliana has a leading roles in coordinating two NHMRC trials within the healthy ageing research theme.

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BAppSc (Phty)(Hons I), PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

Josh’s research focuses on replacing low-value physiotherapy with high-value physiotherapy to reduce healthcare waste and improve patient outcomes. He is the Allied Health topic leader within the Institute’s Preventing Overdiagnosis research theme.

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BSc (Hons I), MPhty, PhD

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow
Physiotherapist

Adrian’s research focuses on strategies to reduce unnecessary tests for people with musculoskeletal conditions. He is the Overdiagnosis topic leader within the Institute’s Preventing Overdiagnosis research theme.

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BA (Hons) Social Work, MA, IKM, PhD

Research Consultant

Abby’s research focuses on qualitative understanding of people’s views and experiences and how these interact with interventions and implementation processes.

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Support Associate

Steven supports the research of Prof Chris Maher. He is also involved in research related to the health-benefits of physical activity.

Professional Staff

BPharm, Dip.Hosp.Pharm

Manager, Research Operations

Hanan provides leadership and guidance in the development and application of strategy , policy and operational plans to ensure effective operation of the Institute and its alignment and compliance with relevant institutional and regulatory requirements.

BA

Administration Officer

Ana provides high-level administrative support to the IMH Directors, staff, and guests related to matters of finance, procurement, travel, events organisation and IT.

BAppSci (Phty), MHSM
 
Network Manager Physiotherapist

Charlotte provides leadership and support to internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the strategic objectives of the IMH are achieved.

B.Pharm

Research Coordinator

Melissa provides technical and operational support to research teams to actively contribute to the running of clinical trials within the IMH.

BSc (Health), MHC

Research Assistant

Courtney provides assistance to the research teams of the IMH to support current projects and ensure that they run smoothly and to a high standard.

BMedSc (Hons)

Senior Research Officer

Sandra coordinates the day-to-day running of clinical projects in the physical activity, ageing and disability research stream. She is responsible for trial management, database management, ethics submissions and reporting and trial registrations.

BSc (Sports Sci) (Hons), Phys Ed, BSc (Phty)

Research Physiotherapist and Health Coach

Betty deliver physiotherapy and health coaching interventions in research trials of physical activity, ageing and disability.

BAppSci (Phty), Grad Dip Sports Phty

Research Physiotherapist and Health Coach

Betty deliver physiotherapy and health coaching interventions in research trials of physical activity, ageing and disability.

BAppSc (Phty), MMgt

Research Coordinator

Kate manages activities related to the PROPOSE study- Professional Referral to Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise.

Office Assistant

Claire provides support to IMH staff to assist with the day-to-day running of the Institute office.

Higher Degree Research Candidates

BAppSc (Phty), MPH 

Physiotherapist

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

MAppSc (Phty), 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.

BPH, MPH

Public Health 

Priti’s research focuses on replacing low-value care with high-value care in physiotherapy. 

MD, MD

Chang’s research focuses on the use of oral steroids for sciatica and spine disorders and surgeries. 

BAppSc (Phty) (Hons)

Physiotherapist

Venisa’s research focuses on preventing falls and fall related injuries in older adults. 

BSc (Clin Sci), MPH

Melanie’s research focuses on prescribing and deprescribing of opioid medication in people with chronic non-cancer pain.

 

BAppSc (Phty), MSciMed (Pain Management)

Physiotherapist

Alla’s research focuses on implementing virtual hospital models of care for low back pain.

BAppSc (Phty), BCa, MAICD

Physiotherapist

Rik’s research focuses on how telehealth can reduce falls and improve mobility in older adults in aged care.

BAppSc (Phty)
Physiotherapist

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

BAppSc (OT), DPT

Physiotherapist

Chris’ research focuses on understanding the role of imaging in low back pain and reducing the overuse of unnecessary testing and treatment.

BAppSc (Phty)

Physiotherapist

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

BOccThy (Hons)

Occupational Therapist

Caitlin’s research focuses on improving the management of people with non-specific back and neck pain.

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BChiroSc. MChiroprac. Mres

Chiropractor

Simon’s research focuses on understanding emergency care services for low back pain.

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BSc, GradDipSc, MPh, MSc

Health Promotion Officer

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

BAppSc (Phty) (Hons)

Physiotherapist

Louise’s research focuses on implementing digital health interventions in rehabilitation.

BMed, MPT

Physiotherapist

Chen’s research focuses on healthcare utilisation for low back pain in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Advisory board

Our advisory board, drawing on their extensive experience in musculoskeletal disease and research, provides strategic guidance in the establishment and the long term direction of the Institute.

Professor Andrew McLachlan – Chair of Advisory Board and Head of School and Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

Dr Teresa Anderson – Chief Executive, Sydney Local Health District

Associate Professor Vicki Taylor – Executive Director, Sydney Research

Professor Joel Negin – Head, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Ms Ornella Clavisi – General Manager Consumer Services, Musculoskeletal Australia

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder – Chair, Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network

Professor Maureen Ashe – Canada Research Chair, Community Mobility

Professor Bart Koes – Research Director, Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC

Professor Sallie Lamb – Co-Director, Clinical Trials Research Unit, The University of Oxford

Professor Joshua Burns – Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health Sciences