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Donna completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) in 1996 from La Trobe University. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and a NHMRC Clinical Research Fellowship in 2004.

Her main research interests involve understanding factors that are associated with the development and progression of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular low back pain and osteoarthritis. As part of the NHMRC Capacity Building Grant on workplace public health, Donna is investigating the epidemiology of musculoskeletal conditions in an occupational setting.

Donna continues to work in private practice, with a focus on the use of real-time ultrasound to assess back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, and teach physiotherapists locally and internationally in the assesment and management of back pain.

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Projects 2004 2022

Research Output 1999 2018

Course and Contributors to Back Pain in Middle-aged Women Over 9 Years: Data From the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

Brady, S. R. E., Hussain, S. M., Brown, W. J., Heritier, S., Wang, Y., Teede, H., Urquhart, D. M. & Cicuttini, F. M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Spine. 43, 23, p. 1648-1656 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Efficacy of low-dose amitriptyline for chronic low back pain: A randomized clinical trial

Urquhart, D. M., Wluka, A. E., van Tulder, M., Heritier, S. R., Forbes, A. B., Fong, C. M. K., Wang, Y., Sim, M. R., Gibson, S. J., Arnold, C. A. & Cicuttini, F. M., Apr 2018, p. S416-S416. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Histoire naturelle des aspects Modic: étude longitudinale

Teichtahl, A. J., Finnin, M. A., Wang, Y., Wluka, A. E., Urquhart, D. M., O'Sullivan, R., Jones, G. & Cicuttini, F. M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Revue du Rhumatisme (Edition Francaise). 85, 1, p. 85-89 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Non-surgical and non-pharmacological interventions for congenital muscular torticollis in the 0-5 year age group

Antares, J. B., Jones, M. A., King, J. M., Chen, T., Lee, C. M. Y., Macintyre, S. & Urquhart, D. M., 26 Mar 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018, 3, 21 p., CD012987.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patients' perceived needs of health care providers for low back pain management: a systematic scoping review

Chou, L., Ranger, T. A., Peiris, W., Cicuttini, F. M., Urquhart, D. M., Sullivan, K., Seneviwickrama, K. L. M. D., Briggs, A. M. & Wluka, A. E., Apr 2018, In : Spine Journal. 18, 4, p. 691-711 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review