The Department of Chiropractic is committed to undertaking research that will improve the musculoskeletal health of the community.
Our research vision is to improve the musculoskeletal health of the community.
Our purpose is to advance knowledge in musculoskeletal health by undertaking high quality, impactful research and research training to improve clinical practice, inform healthcare policy, and improve health outcomes of the community.
Research at the Department of Chiropractic
Macquarie University has distinguished itself as one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. Macquarie has outstanding achievements in research income, citations ranking, supporting Centres of Research Excellence, and timely completion of excellent higher degree research students.
The Department of Chiropractic aims to actively foster academic staff and postgraduate research in areas of community health, complementary medicine and evidence-based chiropractic practice and teaching. The Department maintains a diverse range of research interests in such areas as clinical, basic and applied chiropractic sciences and community health.
Research strengths of the Department of Chiropractic include the following areas:
- Implementation research, particularly around the use of imaging for low back pain
- Intervention research for chronic musculoskeletal-related conditions, with a focus on spinal pain
- Exploring musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan, including adolescence, adults and ageing
- Research into the safety of chiropractic treatment
- Education research, with a focus on teaching anatomy
The Department’s future research focus includes:
- Research infrastructure
- Research training of current staff
- Recruiting excellent higher degree by research (HDR) students
- Fostering academic collaboration
- Fostering industry Collaboration
Academics involved in research
Department Research Seminars
The department Research Seminar Series cover interesting and relevant research topics. These seminars are held monthly during the lunch break from 1-2 pm. The dates are added as and when speakers are firmed up. Title and abstracts are also loaded on this page.
Visit the Research Seminar series page for more information.
Director of Research
Acting Director of Research, Associate Professor Subramanyam Vemulpad
Dr Roger Engel is the Research Coordinator in the Department of Chiropractic. Responsibility is to oversee the research activities of the Department, to promote research, to foster the application of research in the teaching of the Department, particularly from the view of evidence based practice. The Research Coordinator also assesses HDR applications in liaison with the Head of Department.
Master of Research Coordinator
Prof. Simon French is the MRes Coordinator in the Department. His role is to coordinate the development of the curriculum design, organise meetings, liaise with the Undergraduate/Postgraduate and Grad Dip coordinators and provide advice to the Head of Department.
The two Ethics committees concerned with research are The Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee.
All research projects involving either human or animals must be presented to the relevant Ethics Committee in the Ethics Department. See “How to obtain ethics approval"
A/Professor Subra Vemulpad is the Chair of the Biosafety Committee. This Committee reviews all projects which involve biologically hazardous substances.
Current research projects
- Associate Professor Goran Strkalj, Department of Chiropractic
- Assoc. Prof. Subra Velmupad (Department of Chiropractic)
- Assoc. Prof. Joanne Jamie (Bio-organic and Medicinal Chemist, Department of CBMS)
- Professor Shoba Ranganathan (Bioinformatician, Department of CBMS)
To work in close collaboration with Indigenous communities of NSW (Australia) and Chungtia village (Nagaland, India) to document their customary knowledge related to medicinal plant use.
We have developed agreements in consultation with the collaborating communities that entail equal partnerships. We have developed a multifunctional system with information on medicinal plants. View more on Customary Medicinal Knowledge base.
In response to community needs, we have also developed and are involved in educational activities for school children in northern NSW and western Sydney areas (Indigenous Science Education Program, ISEP).
Dr R Velmurugan, Siddha Practitioner, Chennai (India), for investigations on medicinal plants with anticancer activity.
Past research projects
Australian Chiropractic Workforce Study
The Australian chiropractic workforce study was a multi-phase, survey-based, research study that included three main cohorts (registered chiropractors, their patients, and the general public) that influence the provision of chiropractic services and its workforce distribution across Australia.
- Assoc Prof Rodney Bonello
- Dr Benjamin Brown
- Dr Sharyn Eaton
- Dr Ramon Fernandez-Caamano
- Dr Petra Graham
- Ms Hillary Green
Australian Workforce Study questionnaires:
NSW Chiropractic Workforce Study
NSW Workforce Study questionnaire:
Research Funding Support
The Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie's research web pages, including information on grants and funding.
If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie does offer travel support.
In addition, when it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.
Engage with Us
If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Science Research Office, or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnerships Manager:
Office: C5C - 17 Wally's Walk - Room 324