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Our research

Leading multidisciplinary research in musculoskeletal health
By working collaboratively with clinicians, researchers, consumers and policy makers, we strive to improve care and health outcomes for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Our goal is to discover new ways to prevent, manage and cure disabling musculoskeletal conditions. We promote physical activity and facilitate rapid translation of new knowledge to improve care, enable pain free living and ensure musculoskeletal health for all. 

Funded research programs

Is an international, multidisciplinary collaborative clinical trials network composed of clinicians, consumer groups, consumer representatives, policy makers, professional associations, and funders with an interest in investigator-initiated clinical trials focusing on musculoskeletal conditions. ANZMUSC is funded by an NHMRC CRE.

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Is a network of world leading back pain researchers, working in partnership with leading researchers from health policy/systems, health economics, data linkage, health literacy/shared decision-making, and implementation science. Our interdisciplinary team aims to produce major improvements in health outcomes for people with low back pain. ANZBACK is funded by an NHMRC CRE.

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Is a research collaboration involving The University of Sydney, Bond University, Monash University, the University of Wollongong, and international colleagues. We aim to conduct research that will reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment in Australia and around the world. WISER is currently funded by an NHMRC Program grant and CRE, with a new CRE to commence in 2022.

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Undertakes innovative research that involves consultative development and rigorous testing of new approaches to implementation and scale-up of effective interventions as well as the development of new interventions to prevent fall-related injuries in Australia. The Centre is funded by an NHMRC CRE.

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Funded research projects

  • SAGE is an NHMRC-funded trial of yoga-based exercise to prevent falls in older age.
  • COMEBACK is an NHMRC-funded trial of physical activity coaching for adults with physical disabilities.
  • IMPLORE is an NHMRC-funded trial implementing an opioid stewardship intervention to reduce opioid use.
  • SUCCESS is an NHMRC-funded placebo-controlled trial of decompression surgery for spinal stenosis.
  • OASIS is an NHMRC-funded trial oral steroids for the reduction of leg pain severity in people with sciatica.
  • GET BACK TO HEALTHY is an NHMRC-funded trial evaluating the effectiveness of a health coaching service for patients with chronic low back pain.
  • MESSAGE is an MRFF RART funded implementation study to empower health professionals to optimise evidence-based, high-value musculoskeletal care.
  • SCULPTOR is an NHMRC-funded trial evaluating the efficacy of stem cell injections for knee osteoarthritis.
  • PARTNER is an NHMRC-funded trial evaluating the effectiveness of a new model of primary care service delivery for knee osteoarthritis.
  • METEOR2 is an NIHR/NHMRC-funded trial evaluating the effectiveness of Meniscal Transplant surgery compared to Optimised Rehabilitation for people with meniscus injury.
  • FINDISC is an internationally funded placebo-controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of discectomy for people with sciatica.
  • PROSPECT is a MRFF-funded randomised clinical trial for efficient use of existing medicines that will evaluate clinical and economic outcomes with mechanistic multi-omic predictors of down-titration of disease modifying and biologic drugs in adults with well-controlled RA and PsA. (2021-2025)

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