Fostering multidisciplinary research in musculoskeletal health
Our leadership supports a vibrant and cross-disciplinary community of researchers, clinicians, professional staff and higher degree research students from across the University and local health districts.

Sydney Musculoskeletal Health is comprised of a central organisation structure with a core executive, Academic and Research Steering Committee, and Research Theme leaders.

Our membership includes more than 200 researchers, clinicians, professional staff and higher degree research students.

Our researchers lead a range of NHMRC-funded projects and partner with world-leading organisations in the area of musculoskeletal health. Members of our team are recognised as world-leaders in their fields.

The Centre’s Co-Directors guide our strategic thinking, key partnerships and outputs. 

Sydney MSK Co-Directors

Professor David Hunter

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Professor David Hunter, is a rheumatology clinician researcher whose main research focus has been clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis (OA).

He is the Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and the Royal North Shore Hospital. David is ranked as the world’s leading expert in osteoarthritis on since 2014.

Professor Hunter has over 500 peer reviewed publications in international journals, numerous book chapters, is the section editor for UpToDate Osteoarthritis and has co-authored a number of books, including books on self management strategies for the lay public.

Professor Chris Maher

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Professor Chris Maher, is a physiotherapist, recognised internationally for his clinical research in the low back pain field.

He is Professor in Sydney School of Public Health, founding Director of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Co-Director of Sydney Musculoskeletal Health.

Professor Maher is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and MedicalSciences. He is an NHMRC Leadership Level 3 Fellow.

Sydney MSK Governance

The primary objective of the Management Group is to review academic and operational activities undertaken in the Centre against agreed business and project plans, and budgets.

The primary objective of the RAAG is to regularly review the scope of academic activities undertaken in Sydney Musculoskeletal Health providing strategic and tactical advice to the Centre Directors for key research programs and projects.

  • Associate Professor Claire Ashton-James, Co-Chair
  • Dr Giovanni Ferreira, Co-Chair
  • Research Portfolio Co-Chair representatives
  • Operational Portfolio Co-Chair representatives
  • Sydney Health Partners Representative 
  • two (2) senior researchers from the Centre 
  • one (1) ECMR 

Underpinning the operations of Sydney Musculoskeletal Health are five Operational Portfolios.

Each portfolio comprises of members from a range of backgrounds including senior researchers, early-mid-career researchers, clinicians, professional staff and consumers.

Each portfolio is unique in its objectives, and all contribute to the achievement of the Centre’s priorities.