Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal

 

The musculoskeletal group is investigating the complex development of back and neck pain from childhood, through adolescence, into early adulthood, and the impact of backpain on work. Back pain is a leading contributor to work disability in the form of absenteeism (being away from work) and presenteeism (reduced productivity at work).Factors that contribute to the development of backpain in teenagers and young adults include physical factors (posture, fitness, motor competence, weight), lifestyle factors (computer and TV use, physical activity, diet, drug use),  psychosocial factors (depression, anxiety, stress, coping, fear of movement, back pain beliefs), genetics (genes linked to stress response and pain thresholds) and other factors including sleep and chronic diseases such as asthma. The group is also examining the effects of sedentary behaviour (periods of inactivity for example working at a desk or watching television) health outcomes. During the 23 year follow up the group collected information on activity levels and work patterns to further research the links between work, activity and health outcomes.

 

Research Team

Professor Leon Straker PhD

Professor Peter O'Sullivan PhD

A/ Professor Anne Smith PhD

Dr Darren Beales PhD

 

A/ Professor David Champion

Sydney Children's Hospital

 

A/ Professor Michelle Stirling

Griffith University, Queensland

 

Jennifer Job

Safe Work Australia

 

Dr Glenn Pransky

Liberty Mutual Research Institute,Boston, USA

 

Professor Steven Linton

Orebro University, Sweden

 

Students:

  • Rob Waller, PhD candidate
  • Karen Richards, Professional doctorate
  • Naomi Heaps, Masters candidate
  • Davinda Gill, Masters candidate

 

Grants

  • 2013-2014, SafeWork Australia, L Straker, D Beales, A Smith, R Moorin, G Pransky, P O'Sullivan, S Linton, Work productivity loss associated with musculoskeletal pain in young adults, $70,000. 
  • 2012-2014, NHMRC 1044840, L Straker, G Healy, M Tremblay, R Abbot, A Smith, G Mishra, A life course approach to characterising and predicting inactivity and sedentary behaviour of young adults, $291,473.

 

 

Publications

Assoc Prof Anne Smith

Anne Smith