About Professor Chris Maher

My aim is to improve healthcare for low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions

Much of my research has focussed on clinical and health services research evaluating healthcare in real world settings. Examples include clinical trials evaluating pain medicines for back pain and sciatica, studies of the accuracy of diagnostic tests, prevention trials and large scale studies looking at the treatments patients typically receive and their health outcomes. More recently I have become interested in the problem of low value healthcare. Low-value healthcare broadly refers to the use of medical tests, diagnoses and treatments that provide patients with little-to-no benefit or cause harm. In the low back pain field the most common examples of low value care are overuse of imaging, opioid medicines and surgery. I am working with colleagues to discover how best to fix this problem.

Chris Maher is Professor in the School of Public Health, The University of Sydney and Director of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, Sydney Local Local Health District. He holds honorary appointments at leading universities including the University of Oxford.

Since 1991, Prof Maher has been awarded grants and fellowships totalling ~ $AUD45 million from Australian Government, industry and philanthropic agencies, plus international funding bodies. He currently holds a program grant, a project grant, a research fellowship and a Centre for Research Excellence grant from the NHMRC.

Prof Maher has published 550+ papers (200+ in the last 5 years) including papers in NEJM, BMJ, Lancet, Ann Intern Med, CMAJ, JAMA Intern Med.

Selected publications

For more information about me, including publications, please visit my profile page: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/christopher.maher.php