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Our Research

Poor musculoskeletal health stands as the leading cause of disability on a global scale. As our population continues to age, this burden is set to increase in the coming decades. Therefore, an intensified research effort is imperative, one that actively involves consumers and drives real-world impact. The Institute represents a unique convergence of a large Local Health District, catering to a diverse community, and world-leading musculoskeletal researchers from the Sydney School of Public Health. Notably, no comparable group exists nationally or internationally.

The Institute has consistently demonstrated its capacity to produce outstanding research and effectively translate its findings into practical applications. Moreover, with the added advantage of the clinical resources offered by the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), our competitive edge in tackling musculoskeletal health challenges is significantly enhanced.

Our Vision

Our vision is to optimise musculoskeletal health and physical activity through high quality, patient centred, collaborative research. In parallel, the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health will also promote the translation of evidence based research into policy and clinical practice, foster the development of a highly skilled musculoskeletal researcher workforce, and contribute to developing sustainable and cost effective health care services.

The overall purpose of the Institute is to provide a platform to strengthen local, national and international collaborative links with key academics, clinicians, health care organisations and research networks, and promote the translation of research findings into policy and practice.

Our Achievements

For more on our achievements, refer to our annual report summary below.


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