Our research

Our research

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

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.

Research administration

Director of Research

Director of Research, Professor Simon French

Research Coordinator

Prof. Simon French 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.

Ethics Committees

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"

Current research projects

BAck Complaints in the Elderly Study

The BACE: C - A study is funded by the Australian Chiropractors Association and is part of a global program of research looking at BAck Complaints in the Elderly (BACE).

To read more about the BACE:C-A study

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:

Chiropractor Survey

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

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