Chiropractic Australia

grants + recipients

PhD Scholarship Recipient /
Matthew Fernandez, DC, PhD




$24,653 per year over 3 years


The University of Sydney (Faculty of Health Science)


Lecturer, Department of Chiropractic, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University


Fernandez M, Colodro-Conde L, Hartvigsen J, Pinheiro MB, Ferreira ML, Refshauge KM, Ordonana JR, Ferreira PH. Chronic low back pain and the risk of depression or anxiety symptoms: Insights from a longitudinal twin study. The Spine Journal. 2017 doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2017.02.009.

Fernandez M, Boyle E, Hartvigsen J, Ferreira ML, Refshauge KM, Maher CG, Christensen K, Hopper JL, Ferreira PH. Is this back pain killing me? All-cause and cardiovascular-specific mortality in older Danish twins with spinal pain. European Journal of Pain, 2017 doi: 10.1002/ejp.996.

Fernandez M, Ordoñana JR, Hartvigsen J, Ferreira ML, Refshauge KM, SánchezRomera JF, et al. (2016) Is Chronic Low Back Pain Associated with the Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease when Genetic Susceptibility Is Considered? A Co-Twin Control Study of Spanish Twins. PLoS ONE, 2016 11(5): e0155194. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155194.

Fernandez M, Ferreira PH. Acupuncture for sciatica and a comparison with Western Medicine (PEDro synthesis). British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016 Mar xii 31:bjsports-2016.

Fernandez M, Ferreira ML, Refshauge KM, Hartvigsen J, Silva IR, Maher CG, Koes BW, Ferreira PH. Surgery of physical activity in the management of sciatica: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Spine Journal, 2015. [Epub ahead of print]. Copyright © 2015.

Fernandez M, Hartvigsen J, Ferreira ML, Refshauge KM, Machado AF, Lemes ÍR, Maher CG, Ferreira PH. Advice to Stay Active or Structured Exercise in the Management of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Spine, 2015;40(18):1457-66. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001036.

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