Our research goals

We aim to advance our understanding of common neurological, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory conditions across the lifespan, discover effective strategies for prevention and treatment and translate that knowledge into clinical practice.

Our research areas

  • neurological rehabilitation (eg from stroke, traumatic brain injury)
  • promoting physical activity in people with disability
  • prognosis of common musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain and back pain
  • classification and diagnosis of low back pain
  • clinical neuroscience of pain
  • patient-centred outcomes

Our research facilities

Physiotherapy has a 160 square metre purpose-built research premises in the Department of Health Professions, which is located in the Macquarie University Hospital precinct.

Research facilities include:

  • neurological assessment and training
  • motor control training (including real-time ultrasound imaging)
  • quantitative sensory testing
  • musculoskeletal assessment
  • activity monitoring and analysis
  • cardiorespiratory analysis

These facilities are supplemented by access to the state-of-the-art Macquarie University Hospital facilities such as the extensive radiology imaging suite.

We are uniquely positioned for collaborative research with cutting-edge clinicians, researchers in the following Macquarie University centres:

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