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Dr Darryn Marks

Assistant Professor

Level 5, Bond Institute of Health and Sport, 2 Promethean Way, Robina QLD 4226

Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

Accepting PhD Students

Professional biography

Darryn is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, researcher, educator and health service manager. With a background in elite tennis while growing up in Melbourne, followed by a stint playing college tennis in the USA, Darryn returned home to Australia and studied physiotherapy alongside tennis coaching. Darryn’s early career focused on sport but expanded into general musculoskeletal and then advanced and extended scope physiotherapy. Whilst in the UK Darryn became one of the first physiotherapists qualified to prescribe medicines, inject and one of the first NHS Consultant Physiotherapists. Darryn has led multidisciplinary teams including doctors, physiotherapists, dietitians, psychologists and pharmacists in Orthopaedic / Neurosurgery / Rheumatology screening services in the UK and here on the Gold Coast, Australia. As a manager Darryn has designed and led innovative extended and advanced practice services, established and run a private practice, led national projects in medicines and prescribing at the English Department of Health, served on Physiotherapy Scope of Practice and Prescribing Committees in Australia and the UK and worked at senior management levels in public health services in the UK and Australia. Darryn’s research interests include musculoskeletal disorders and health economics, with involvement in clinical (particularly shoulder and spine), economic and health service research. Darryn joined the team at Bond in January 2020, continues clinical work privately and maintains links with Queensland Health through research.

Research interests

I am passionate about the efficient delivery of health services and consequently my research spans health economics, health services and clinical domains. My main interests are the health economics of allied health interventions and musculoskeletal disorders. I have extensive experience in advanced practice and am currently serving as Chair of the AHPRA Physiotherapy Board of Australia Prescribing Working Group. 

Teaching expertise

Darryn has been involved in musculoskeletal teaching to physiotherapy and medical students in a variety pre and post registration, in clinical and university settings for the majority of his career. Darryn’s expertise is in clinical musculoskeletal teaching and extended scope practice. Darryn also has experience in teaching health economics in business / management settings.

Professional admissions

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia
  • Australian Healthcare Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • The Health and Care Professions Council (UK) – Prescribing Annotation
  • Visiting Research Fellow – Gold Coast University Hospital 2020-


  • Research, PhD, Griffith University, Award Date: 15 Jul 2019
  • Business, MBA
  • Physiotherapy, Master of Musc (Manip) Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
  • Prescribing, Non-Medical Prescribing (UK)

Fields of Research

  • Allied health and rehabilitation science

Statement for HDR students

I have experience in quantitative research including RCT, health economics and systematic review. I am also experienced in combining clinical practice with research pursuits in health service projects.

Current health economic projects include:

  • GP orthopaedic referral variability and efficiency
  • Surgical and conservative management of wrist fractures
  • Advanced physiotherapy in a maxillofacial unit
  • Compression stockings in venous leg ulcers
  • Non-drug interventions in primary care

Current musculoskeletal projects include:

  • Altered pain mechanisms and somatosensory profiling in shoulder pain
  • The impact of patient and clinician expectations in musculoskeletal care
  • The role of the long head of biceps at the shoulder

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