Dr Jonathan Quicke

Research Fellow

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Jonathan is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Research at the STARS Education and Research Alliance. “STARS” is the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service specialist public health facility in Brisbane and the “Alliance” is between the University of Queensland and Metro North Health in Queensland, Australia.

His vision is to improve the quality of life of people with the most common and disabling types of joint pain by investigating the most effective and safe treatments to support condition management. A key part of this is understanding what works best for whom and why. He has a specialist interest in the clinical management of joint pain due to osteoarthritis with education, exercise and weight loss. To maximise research impact he also seeks to understand the best ways of getting new knowledge from research to the people who need it most including healthcare practitioners and people with joint pain.

His boundary-spanning physiotherapy career has involved clinical, academic, conjoint, policy and professional body roles. Prior to joining the University of Queensland, he was Research into Practice Adviser at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK and he holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellow position at Keele University, UK.

He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in top musculoskeletal journals including The Lancet Rheumatology, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Rheumatology and the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He has lead-supervised three research students to completion (1 PhD, 1 MPhil and 1 Academy of Medical Sciences project student) and has 1 ongoing Prof Doc student. He contributes to national policy (e.g. 2022 UK NICE osteoarthritis guideline committee), is a steering group member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International Joint Effort Initiative (which seeks to improve the international implementation of evidence based osteoarthritis care) and has held national committee strategy, research and communications officer roles (e.g. for: The Community Rehabilitation Alliance; The British Society of Rheumatology, and; the Council for Allied Health Professions Research). He thrives through collaboration and welcomes approaches from prospective PhD students. He is committed to improving equity, diversity and belonging in Allied Health Professions research.

Examples of national and international recognition include:

-Invited advisor to NHS England Obesity Expert Group and report writer of “the impact of weight and weight management on osteoarthritis of the hip and knee” 2021-23.

-Chartered Society of Physiotherapy competition award- Leadership Development Programme MSc module funding 2021.

-Invitations to give international conference plenaries including the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Epidemiology and Therapy Year in Review in 2021.

-Clinical Research Network West Midlands Research Scholar Fellowships x2 2020-2022

-Invited osteoarthritis expert to UK Royal Pharmaceutical Society 2020

-National Institute of Health Care Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Lecturer in Physiotherapy 2016-2019

-Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Robert Williams Award for top 10 abstract at The World Confederation of Physical Therapy 2015

-OARSI Young Investigator Award 2014

Research Impacts

Joint pain due to osteoarthritis is the most common type of joint pain in adults aged 45 and over. Dr Quicke’s research into the safety of physical activity for people with knee osteoarthritis has contributed to the 2018 American Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report recommending exercise and physical activity for people with OA. He has personally implemented and evaluated Physiotherapy led osteoarthritis services which have influenced models of care in Europe (JIGSAW-E), his OA research, reports and advocacy work have contributed to changes in OA care pathways (for example, national UK piloting of a NHS Digital Weight Management Programme for people with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee). His research has contributed to a nationally implemented New Zealand OA guidebook (2022) and a UK animated Patient Explanation for OA (2023) and multiple healthcare professional training resources.

The Community Rehabilitation Alliance "Making Community Rehabilitation Data Count Report" he authored has been cited in and influenced the NHS England Intermediate Care Framework policy.


  • Jinks, Clare, Botto-van Bemden, Angie, Bunzli, Samantha, Bowden, Jocelyn, Egerton, Thorlene, Eyles, Jillian, Foster, Nadine, Healey, Emma L., Maddison, John, O’Brien, Daniel, Quicke, Jonathon G., Schiphof, Dieuwke, Parry, Emma, Thomas, Martin J., Holden, Melanie A. and Change OA Narrative (COAN) Initiative (2024). Changing the narrative on osteoarthritis: A call for global action. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 32 (4), 414-420. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2024.02.004

  • Swaithes, Laura, Paskins, Zoe, Quicke, Jonathan G., Stevenson, Kay, Fell, Kathy and Dziedzic, Krysia (2023). Optimising the process of knowledge mobilisation in Communities of Practice: recommendations from a (multi-method) qualitative study. Implementation Science Communications, 4 (1) 11, 1-17. doi: 10.1186/s43058-022-00384-1

  • Bowden, Jocelyn L., Hunter, David J., Mills, Kathryn, Allen, Kelli, Bennell, Kim, Briggs, Andrew M., Dziedzic, K., Hinman, Rana S., Kim, Jason S., Martinez, Nina, Quicke, Jonathan G., Tan Yijia, Bryan, van der Esch, Martin, Verges, Josep and Eyles, Jillian (2023). The OARSI Joint Effort Initiative: Priorities for osteoarthritis management program implementation and research 2024–2028. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open, 5 (4) 100408, 100408. doi: 10.1016/j.ocarto.2023.100408

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