Professor Chris Maher
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Professor Chris Maher

FACP, FAAHMS
Professor
Sydney School of Public Health
Professor Chris Maher

Chris is a Professor, Sydney School of Public Health and Director of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health. Chris originally trained as a physiotherapist and holds a fellowship from the Australian College of Physiotherapy in recognition of his contribution to physiotherapy research. He is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and visiting professor at the University of Oxford.

Chris is interested in achieving improved healthcare for low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions

Chris is an investigator on three research programs supported by two NHMRC CREs and one program grant:

Chris is an investigator on the following ANZMUSC trials:

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Australian Institute of Company Directors

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists

Project titleResearch student
OPAL: The First Placebo-Controlled Trial of Opioid Analgesia for Acute Spinal PainCaitlin JONES
Exploring ways to replace low-value care with high-value care in physiotherapyPriti KHAREL
Reducing avoidable hospital admissions for low back painAlla MELMAN
Overdiagnosis In Low Back PainSweekriti SHARMA
Labelling low back pain: A good or bad thing?Mamata TAMRAKAR

Selected publications

Publications

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Selected Grants

2020

  • Delivering the right care for low back pain, Maher C, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Investigator Grant
  • The Get Healthy Coaching Service to reduce the burden of low back pain: effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and implementation, Ferreira P, Ferreira M, Bauman A, Hodges P, Maher C, Simic M, Morton R, Lonsdale C, Li Q, Baysari M, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects

2019

  • Low Back Pain Centre for Research Excellence, Maher C, Buchbinder R, Hancock M, O'Sullivan P, McAuley J, Blyth F, Jorm L, Collie A, McCaffery K, Hayes A, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Centres of Research Excellence
  • The development of a patient decision aid to reduce subacromial decompression, Zadro J, Maher C, Buchbinder R, Arthritis Australia/Grants-in-Aid

In the media

The limbic (Sept 3 2020)

The Sunday Times (Aug 30 2020)

The Economist (18/01/2020)

The Sydney Morning Herald(Dec 7 2019)

The Age (March 23 2019)

Sydney Morning Herald (March 23 2019)

7 News (March 9 2019)

Sydney Morning Herald (Dec 18 2018)

WA Today (Dec 18 2018)

The Age(Dec 18 2018)

Interview with Dr Kark Kruszelnicki on low back pain (Shirtloads of Science podcast 1/12/2018)

Interview with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on ergonomics (Shirtloads of Science podcast 24/11/2018)

Sydney Morning Herald (Nov 26 2018)

the limbic (Oct 22 2018)

ABC Radio Perth (Oct 4 2018)

The Panel, Radio New Zealand (Oct 3 2018)

Newstalk ZB (Oct 2 2018)

ABC Drive VIctoria (Oct 1 2018)

Sydney Morning Herald (Oct 1 2018)

Sydney Morning Herald (Sept 30 2018)

Safety Culture (April 10 2018)

Independent newspaper Ireland (April 9 2018)

Radio Live New Zealand (March 25 2018)

News.com.au (March 24 2018)

2GB (March 24 2018)

4BC (March 24 2018)

International Business Times (March 23 2018)

Australian Doctor (March 23 2018)

NHS Choices (March 22 2018)

Triple M (March 22 2018)

3AW (March 22 2018)

6PR (March 22 2018)

Radio Live New Zealand (March 22 2018)

ABC Sydney Drive (March 22 2018)

ABC News Breakfast (March 22 2018)

ABC Radio Australia (March 22 2018)

Senior Newspaper (March 22 2018)

SBS News (March 22 2018)

Brisbane Times (March 22 2018)

WA Today (March 22 2018)

Melbourne Age (March 22 2018)

Sydney Morning Herald (March 21 2018)

The Health Report (March 12 2018)

Sydney Morning Herald (Dec 20 2017)

The Waiting Room Wendy Harmer (Nov 21 2017)

The Limbic (Oct 20 2017)

The Limbic (Sept 29 2017)

Scientific American (October 2017 issue)

The Limbic (July 11 2017)

The Limbic (June 16 2017)

Weekend Sunrise (June 11 2017)

LIVESCIENCE (June 9 2017)

The Limbic (March 29 2017)

Washington Post (March 22 2017)

NYDailyNews (Feb 27 2017)

3AW 693 News Talk (Feb 3 2017)

Irish Independent (Jan 23 2017)

BBC World Service (Jan 20 2017)

BBC World Service (Jan 18 2017)

The Washington Post (Jan 12 2017)

Daily Mail (Jan 11 2017)

The Times (Jan 11 2017)

CTV News (Jan 10 2017)

Independent (Jan 3 2017)

The Waiting Room Wendy Harmer (Aug 30 2016)

Independent (Aug 30 2016)

New Zealand Herald (Aug 21 2016)

ABCNews 24 (Aug 16 2016)

Drive with Adam Shirley on 666ABC Canberra (Aug 16 2016)

Body and Soul (Aug 16 2016)

News.com (Aug 16 2016)

Life and Fitness (Aug 9 2016)

The Limbic

Daily Mail (June 14 2015)

The UK Times (May 25 2016)

The New York Times (May 25 2016)

Sky News (May 24 2016)

SBS News (May 24 2016)

NHS Choices (May 24 2016)

9NEWS.com.au (May 24 2016)

Daily Mail (May 24 2016)

Ten News (March 20 2016)

CBC Canada (Feb 15 2016)

Sydney Morning Herald (Feb 3 2016)

The Age (Feb 3 2016)

The New York Times (Jan 27 2016)

CBS News (Jan 12 2016)

Reuters (Jan 12 2016)

Time Magazine (Jan 11 2016)

National Public Radio USA (Jan 11 2016)