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Sydney Health Partners’ Musculoskeletal Stream is supported by the Sydney Musculoskeletal Bone and Joint Health Alliance (SydMSK) at the University of Sydney.
Formed in 2017 as an initiative of the University, SydMSK is collaborative network that aims to discover new methods to prevent, manage and cure disabling musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and back pain, and improve research translation in collaboration with Sydney Health Partners.
Why musculoskeletal health?
Musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, are the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting 7 million Australians and costing the economy in excess of $35billion in lost labour each year. This burden will only increase as the population ages.
Despite this, current medical practice does not always align with recommended guidelines, leading to inappropriate care, poor outcomes, and a waste of healthcare resources.
The SHP Musculoskeletal Stream is working to address these practices and facilitate the rapid translation of research into consistent care and better health outcomes through collaboration with clinicians, researchers and policymakers from across the Partnership.
Sydney Health Partners works with SydMSK to host eventsthroughout the year, providing opportunities to collaborate, enhance their research, and learn from national and international experts in musculoskeletal health.
The 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting was attended by over 210 people with keynote presentations by Associate Professor Dave Walton from Western University in Canada, Professor Deborah Schofield from Macquarie University, Professor Ian Harris (UNSW) and Professor Sally Pearson (UNSW).
New research addresses the rapidly-growing demand for physiotherapy in our public hospitals
SydMSK attracted a record attendance to its third Annual Scientific Meeting
Dr Gustavo Machado received a SHP grant to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments for patients with low back pain in emergency departments