Musculoskeletal health

One in five Australians lives with chronic pain. The economic and social burden is enormous, from healthcare costs, lost productivity, social isolation and impact on friends and family. The expenses caused by back problems alone are estimated to cost the economy more than $8 billion each year.

We aim to find a cure for unremitting pain, and preventing disability for people living with conditions such as arthritis, neuromuscular diseases or chronic pain.

Our researchers are experts in foot, ankle and knee conditions, back and neck pain, and sports injuries, all of which can lead to disability and debilitating pain.

Our multidisciplinary group of musculoskeletal researchers are carrying out pioneering work to reduce pain and increase participation, to keep people moving. The group leads this Australian health priority area by finding solutions to effectively treat and prevent musculoskeletal ill health.

Featured expert

Professor Joshua Burns


I believe that every child has the fundamental right to run, skip and play. Movement disorders such as cerebral palsy affect 34,000 Australians from birth.
I conducted the first ever study investigating non-surgical treatments for childhood Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. This neuromuscular disorder affects 1 in 2500 people in Australia, the onset of which occurs during adolescence and early adulthood.
I am mentoring the next generation of health researchers in my role as leader of major interdisciplinary research and clinical teams, including the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group and the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of New South Wales. Over the next five years my teams of clinicians, scientists and students will pioneer muscle-building therapies, to get millions of children back on their feet.

Professor Joshua Burns

Director of the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW at the Sydney Childrens Hospital and Professor of Allied Health at The University of Sydney