Making sense of back pain

Do you have back pain? You’re not alone. Back pain is the leading cause of disability and can affect many aspects of a person’s life. The problem is there are so many myths and misconceptions about back pain. Unfortunately, much of the current care for back pain is expensive, risky and in the end, often ineffective. Back pain is complex and the facts about it are rarely understood. Best care for back pain involves a journey with several key steps.

Join us for our free online Koadlow Community Lecture on Wednesday 15 September between 7.00 – 8:30pm (AEST), as Prof Peter O’Sullivan makes sense of back pain, busts common myths, and provides some practical information about how you can become more effective at managing your back pain.

Peter will explore all of the above through a person’s lived experience of disabling back pain. He also invites the audience to submit questions (not of a personal nature) to MSK prior to the Lecture to guide the content of his presentation. 

Submit a question for Peter’s consideration, please email

Prof Peter O’Sullivan 


Peter is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2005) and Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Internationally recognised as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in physiotherapy, he has published more than 270 research papers, been keynote speaker at 100 national and international conferences and taught in 22 countries on the diagnosis and management of persistent pain disorders. 

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