Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Professor Julie Hides

Professor Julie Hides
BPhty MPhty PhD

Director, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research


Professor Julie Hides has been involved in physiotherapy practice and research for nearly 30 years. Julie was awarded a Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in allied Health Sciences whilst undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland. Prior to her ACU appointment, Julie held an academic position in the Division of Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland. Julie was the inaugural National Head of School of Physiotherapy at ACU from 2010-2014.  Since 1999, she has also been the Clinical Director of the Back Stability Research Clinic located at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

Julie’s current research focuses on developing and assessing the effectiveness of motor control based intervention programs for people with low back pain. Elite sporting organisations, including the Australian Football League, Cricket Australia and the New Zealand Academy of Sports, have engaged Julie to conduct collaborative research. Working with the European Space Agency, Julie contributed as a collaborative scientist to the first and second Berlin Bed Rest Studies. The recipient of multiple grants, Julie is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and co-author textbooks on therapeutic exercise for lumbo-pelvic stabilization.

Appointments and affiliations:

  • Clinical Director, Mater/ ACU Back Stability Research Clinic, located at the Mater Hospital, South Brisbane (1999-present)
  • Research consultant, Mater Adult Hospital (1999-present)
  • Australian Pain Management Association Clinical Advisory Committee
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia
  • Australian College of Physiotherapists
  • Menzies Foundation

National and international journal review panels (1998-present)

  • Spine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Manual Therapy
  • Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
  • Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
  • Australian Journal of Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy International

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