Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Faculty of Health Sciences

C42 - Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: 9036 7305
F: 9351 9688

Biographical details

Teaching areas

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, postgraduate Exercise and Sports Science.

  • Supervision of research students, including honours, masters and PhD Students.

Current national competitive grants*


Transforming the management of neuromuscular disorders from compassionate assistance to targeted therapy and prevention
North K, Laing N, Burns J, Clarke N, Corbett A, Refshauge K, Buckley M, McLean C, Kornberg A, Ryan M
NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence ($2,496,650 over 5 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney


2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


  • Pinheiro, M., Ferreira, M., Refshauge, K., Colodro-Conde, L., Carrillo, E., Hopper, J., Ordonana, J., Ferreira, P. (2015), Genetics and the environment affect the relationship between depression and low back pain: a co-twin control study of Spanish twins. Pain. 156(3), 496-503. [Abstract]


  • Sharpe, L., Haggman, S., Nicholas, M., Dear, B., Refshauge, K. (2014), Avoidance of affective pain stimuli predicts chronicity in acute low back pain patients. Pain. 155, 45-52. [Abstract]
  • Oliveira, V., Ferreira, M., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Griffin, A., Hopper, J., Ferreira, P. (2014), Risk factors for low back pain: insights from a novel case-control twin study. The Spine Journal. 15(1), 50-57. [Abstract]
  • Hafiz, E., Hiller, C., Nicholson, L., Nightingale, E., Clarke, J., Grimaldi, A., Eisenhuth, J., Refshauge, K. (2014), Development of a method for measuring femoral torsion using real-time ultrasound. Physiological Measurement. 35(7), 1335-1348. [Abstract]
  • Junqueira, D., Ferreira, M., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Hopper, J., Hancock, M., Carvalho, M., Ferreira, P. (2014), Heritability and lifestyle factors in chronic low back pain: Results of the Australian Twin Low Back Pain Study (The AUTBACK study). European Journal of Pain. 18(10), 1410-1418. [Abstract]
  • Hübscher, M., Ferreira, M., Junqueira, D., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Hopper, J., Ferreira, P. (2014), Heavy domestic, but not recreational, physical activity is associated with low back pain: Australian Twin low BACK pain (AUTBACK) study. European Spine Journal. 23(10), 2083-2089. [Abstract]
  • Sman, A., Raymond, J., Refshauge, K., Menezes, M., Walker, T., Ouvrier, R., Burns, J. (2014), Randomised controlled trial protocol of foot and ankle exercise for children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Journal of Physiotherapy. 60(1), 55. [Abstract]
  • Sman, A., Hiller, C., Rae, K., Linklater, J., Morellato, J., Trist, N., Nicholson, L., Black, D., Refshauge, K. (2014), Predictive factors for ankle syndesmosis injury in football players: A prospective study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 17(6), 586-590. [Abstract]
  • Traeger, A., Moseley, G., Hübscher, M., Lee, H., Skinner, I., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Blyth, F., Main, C., Hush, J., Pearce, G., McAuley, J. (2014), Pain education to prevent chronic low back pain: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 4(6), e005505. [Abstract]


  • Ferreira, P., Ferreira, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Latimer, J., Adams, R. (2013), The Therapeutic Alliance Between Clinicians and Patients Predicts Outcome in Chronic Low Back Pain. Physical Therapy. 93(4), 470-478. [Abstract]
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., McAuley, J., Jull, G., Refshauge, K. (2013), Characteristics of a new episode of neck pain. Manual Therapy. 18(3), 254-257. [Abstract]
  • Kilbreath, S., Refshauge, K., Ward, L., Kastanias, K., Yee, J., Koelmeyer, L., Beith, J., French, J., Ung, O., Black, D. (2013), Factors affecting the preoperative and postoperative extracellular fluid in the arm on the side of breast cancer: a cohort study. Lymphatic Research and Biology. 11(2), 66-71. [Abstract]
  • Kilbreath, S., Lee, M., Refshauge, K., Beith, J., Ward, L., Simpson, J., Black, D. (2013), Transient swelling versus lymphoedema in the first year following surgery for breast cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer. 21(8), 2207-2215. [Abstract]
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., McAuley, J., Jull, G., Latimer, J., Refshauge, K. (2013), People seeking treatment for a new episode of neck pain typically have rapid improvement in symptoms: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy. 59(1), 31-37. [Abstract]


  • Raymond, J., Nicholson, L., Hiller, C., Refshauge, K. (2012), The effect of ankle taping or bracing on proprioception in functional ankle instability: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 15(5), 386-392. [Abstract]
  • Kilbreath, S., Refshauge, K., Beith, J., Ward, L., Lee, M., Simpson, J., Hansen, R. (2012), Upper limb progressive resistance training and stretching exercises following surgery for early breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 133(2), 667-676. [Abstract]
  • Oliveira, V., Ferreira, P., Maher, C., Pinto, R., Refshauge, K., Ferreira, M. (2012), Effectiveness of self-management of low back pain: Systematic review with meta-analysis. Arthritis Care & Research. 64(11), 1739-1748. [Abstract]
  • Hiller, C., Nightingale, E., Raymond, J., Kilbreath, S., Burns, J., Black, D., Refshauge, K. (2012), Prevalence and Impact of Chronic Musculoskeletal Ankle Disorders in the Community. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 93(10), 1801-1807. [Abstract]
  • Hush, J., Kamper, S., Stanton, T., Ostelo, R., Refshauge, K. (2012), Standardized measurement of recovery from nonspecific back pain. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 93(5), 849-855. [Abstract]
  • Sharpe, L., Ianiello, M., Dear, B., Nicholson Perry, K., Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M. (2012), Is there a potential role for attention bias modification in pain patients? Results of 2 randomised, controlled trials. Pain. 153(3), 722-731. [Abstract]
  • Lin, C., Donkers, N., Refshauge, K., Beckenkamp, P., Khera, K., Moseley, A. (2012), Rehabilitation for ankle fractures in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 11, CD005595. [Abstract]


  • Hush, J., Lin, C., Michaleff, Z., Verhagen, A., Refshauge, K. (2011), Prognosis of Acute Idiopathic Neck Pain is Poor: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 92(5), 824-9. [Abstract]


  • Ferreira, P., Ferreira, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Hodges, P. (2010), Changes in recruitment of transversus abdominis correlate with disability in people with chronic low back pain. British journal of sports medicine. 44(0), 1166-72. [Abstract]
  • Haggman, S., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2010), Attentional Biases Toward Sensory Pain Words in Acute and Chronic Pain Patients. The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society. 11(11), 1136-45. [Abstract]
  • Leaver, A., Maher, C., Herbert, R., Latimer, J., McAuley, J., Jull, G., Refshauge, K. (2010), A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Manipulation With Mobilization for Recent Onset Neck Pain. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 91(9), 1313-1318. [Abstract]
  • Hush, J., Refshauge, K., Sullivan, G., De Souza, L., McAuley, J. (2010), Do Numerical Rating Scales and the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire capture changes that are meaningful to patients with persistent back pain?. Clinical rehabilitation. 24(7), 648-57. [Abstract]
  • Crosbie, J., Kilbreath, S., Dylke, E., Refshauge, K., Nicholson, L., Beith, J., Spillane, A., White, K. (2010), Effects of Mastectomy on Shoulder and Spinal Kinematics During Bilateral Upper-Limb Movement. Physical therapy. 90(5), 679-92. [Abstract]
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., McAuley, J. (2010), Response to bjordal et Al. Journal of Physiotherapy. , 283. [Abstract]
  • Leaver, A., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., McAuley, J. (2010), Erratum. Journal of Physiotherapy. 56(4), 222. [Abstract]
  • Lee, T., Kilbreath, S., Sullivan, G., Refshauge, K., Beith, J. (2010), Patient perceptions of arm care and exercise advice after breast cancer surgery. Oncology Nursing Forum. 37(1), 85-91. [Abstract]


  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2009), Prevalence of and screening for serious spinal pathology in patients presenting to primary care settings with acute low back pain. Arthritis and rheumatism. 60(10), 3072-3080. [Abstract]
  • Hush, J., Michaleff, Z., Maher, C., Refshauge, K. (2009), Individual, physical and psychological risk factors for neck pain in Australian office workers: a 1-year longitudinal study. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society. 18(0), 1532-40. [Abstract]
  • Lin, C., Moseley, A., Refshauge, K. (2009), Effects of rehabilitation after ankle fracture: a Cochrane systematic review. European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine. 45(0), 431-41. [Abstract]
  • Lin, C., Moseley, A., Refshauge, K., Bundy, A. (2009), The lower extremity functional scale has good clinimetric properties in people with ankle fracture. Physical Therapy. 89(6), 580-588. [Abstract]
  • Costa, L., Maher, C., McAuley, J., Hancock, M., Herbert, R., Refshauge, K., Henschke, N. (2009), Prognosis for patients with chronic low back pain: inception cohort study. BMJ. 339, b3829. [Abstract]
  • Henschke, N., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Cumming, R., Bleasel, J., York, J., Das, A., McAuley, J. (2009), Characteristics of patients with acute low back pain presenting to primary care in Australia. The Clinical Journal of Pain. 25(1), 5-11. [Abstract]
  • Lin, C., Moseley, A., Herbert, R., Refshauge, K. (2009), Pain and dorsiflexion range of motion predict short- and medium-term activity limitation in people receiving physiotherapy intervention after ankle fracture: an observational study. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. 55(1), 31-37. [Abstract]