Julia Hush


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1988 …2022
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Julia Hush is a Professor of Physiotherapy in Macquarie University’s Department of Health Professions. She is a Foundation Academic and Department Director of Research. Her main area of clinical expertise is pain management. Her current research program includes clinical pain neuroscience, paediatric pain, personalised pain treatment for low back pain, neuropathic pain and exercise-induced analgesia.

Hush’s current research in health science is founded on a decade of basic science research, during which time she made discoveries in the field of cell science, specifically about the dynamics and electrophysiological regulation of the microtubule cytoskeleton. This work continues to have impact in the field.

Hush has attained over $1.7M in research funding, including grants from the ARC, NHMRC and IASP. She has published >70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Cell Science, Pain, Cerebral Cortex, Clinical Journal of Pain, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, European Spine Journal, and Journal of Physiotherapy. She has an H-index of 31 and over 2600 citations (Google Scholar August 2019). She was a Section Editor for the Journal of Physiotherapy from 2009 to 2018 and is an invited reviewer for over 20 international journals, including New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine. She currently supervises 4 PhD students.

Hush has been engaged in collaborative pain neuroscience research with Professor Sean Mackey and colleagues the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL), at Stanford University since 2008, supported by an International Association of the Study of Pain (IASP) Collaborative Research Grant. Research collaborators in Australia include Professor Michael Nicholas, A/Professor Paul Wrigley and colleagues at the Pain Management Research Institute, Professor Lorimer Moseley at the University of South Australia, and more recently, interdisciplinary paediatric clinicians at Westmead Children's Hospital.

Since her appointment at Macquarie University, Hush has had a leadership role in the development and delivery of the Doctor of Physiotherapy entry-level program, first delivered in 2012. Her areas of teaching expertise include clinical pain science, evidence-based healthcare and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has led the integration of the IASP Pain Curriculum into the Doctor of Physiotherapy program. She is currently engaged in teaching in the new Macquarie MD program, in musculoskeletal medicine, as well as leading interprofessional education between the Doctor of Physiotherapy and Macquarie MD programs in Evidence-Based Health Care.

In 2018, Hush was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of NSW.

Since January 2016 she has worked part-time (0.6FTE).

External positions

Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

Jul 2013Dec 2013

Associate Editor, BioMed Central (BMC) Musculoskeletal Disorders


Scientific Program Committee Member, Australian Pain Society


Editorial Board Member, International Society of Physiotherapy Journal Editors

2009 → …

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Physiotherapy

2009 → …

Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

Aug 2008Dec 2008

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Projects 2012 2022

Research Outputs 1988 2019

Conditioned pain modulation (CPM) is reduced in irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of CPM and the role of psychological factors

Marcuzzi, A., Chakiath, R. J., Siddall, P. J., Kellow, J. E., Hush, J. M., Jones, M. P., Costa, D. S. J. & Wrigley, P. J., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. 53, 6, p. 399-408 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Effect of intensive patient education vs placebo patient education on outcomes in patients with acute low back pain: a randomized clinical trial

Traeger, A. C., Lee, H., Hubscher, M., Skinner, I. W., Moseley, G. L., Nicholas, M. K., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K. M., Blyth, F. M., Main, C. J., Hush, J. M., Lo, S. & McAuley, J. H., 1 Feb 2019, In : JAMA Neurology. 76, 2, p. 161-169 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patient Education
Low Back Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials

Exploring the concept of pain of Australian children with and without pain: qualitative study

Pate, J. W., Noblet, T., Hush, J. M., Hancock, M. J., Sandells, R., Pounder, M. & Pacey, V., 28 Oct 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 10, p. 1-12 12 p., e033199.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Biological Phenomena
Pain Clinics
South Australia

Systematic review and meta-analysis suggest that varying prevalence of non-acute pain in critically ill infants may be due to different definitions

Ilhan, E., Pacey, V., Brown, L., Spence, K., Trivedi, A. & Hush, J. M., Dec 2019, In : Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics. 108, 12, p. 2135-2147 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Critical Illness
Pain Measurement
Critical Care

The experiences and needs of people seeking primary care for low-back pain in Australia

Ahern, M., Dean, C. M., Dear, B. F., Willcock, S. M. & Hush, J. M., 2019, In : Pain Reports. 4, 4, p. 1-8 8 p., e756.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Low Back Pain
Primary Health Care
Delivery of Health Care