darryn marks

Darryn Marks


  • PhD Candidate (Griffith University School of Medicine - present)
  • Masters of Business Administration MBA (Griffith University 2013)
  • Masters of Musculoskeletal / Manip Physiotherapy (LaTrobe University 2000)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (The University of Melbourne 1994)
  • Non-medical Prescribing Qualification (Sheffield Hallam University UK 2007)
  • Diploma of Injection Therapy (UK 2005)
  • Diploma of Tennis Coaching Level 2 (Tennis Professionals Australia 1995)


Darryn Marks is an APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in public and private settings, sports and complex musculoskeletal pain. Darryn presently leads the multidisciplinary Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Screening Service at Gold Coast University Hospital, where he works closely with orthopaedic surgeons and spinal neurosurgeons. Darryn teaches at Griffith University, both as a Guest Lecturer on the post-graduate Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy Masters program, and as a Clinical Skills Facilitator in the School of Medicine. He has spoken at various international conferences and is undertaking research towards his PhD into physiotherapy roles, prescribing and corticosteroid injection for shoulders.

Darryn represented Australia in junior tennis and went on to a scholarship at Oklahoma State University USA in 1990. His early physiotherapy career in Melbourne combined tennis coaching with physiotherapy and a tennis injury prevention and management consulting role with the Australian Institute of Sport. Darryn gained broad sports experience including 2 years as Team Physiotherapist with Melbourne Phoenix in the national netball league, was involved with the Melbourne Tigers Basketball team in the NBL and club level AFL teams.

After gaining a Masters in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2000 (awarded Dux), Darryn spent a decade in the UK, working at the international forefront of advanced physiotherapy, undertaking extensive additional training in areas of prescribing, injection, image and blood test interpretation. He was one of few to obtain an NHS Consultant Physiotherapist title, leading a team of doctors and physiotherapists managing complex conditions referred to orthopaedic, rheumatology and pain services.

Darryn sees sports, non-sporting and work-related problems. He has particular interests in complex musculoskeletal pain, persistent spinal problems, headaches and shoulder pain. 


  • Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, 1994 – Present
  • Best Clinician Paper Award - Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, 2015
  • Queensland Clinical Senate General Member, 2013-14   
  • Medical Imaging for Physiotherapists - The University of Melbourne, 2014
  • National Prescribing Service - Prescribing Competencies Framework Australia, Expert Reference Panel Member, 2011-12       
  • Queensland Health HP Evidence Based Strategic Network Member, 2011-12  
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association - Professional Scope of Practice Committee Member, 2010-13        
  • Honorary Citation - Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists UK, 2010
  • Allied Health Medicines Project Manager - Department of Health UK, 2009 – 10
  • NHS Consultant Physiotherapist Barnsley Hospital and Primary Trust UK, 2005 – 10
  • Honorary Visiting Fellowship - Sheffield Hallam University UK, 2005 - 10
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy UK - Scope of Practice Committee, 2007 – 10
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy UK - Prescribing Committee, 2007 – 10
  • Pathology Blood Test Interpretation - M+K UK, 2005
  • X-Ray interpretation UK – Sheffield Hallam University UK, 200


  • Marks D, Bisset L, Comans T, Thomas M, Ng SK, O’Leary S, Conaghan PG, Scuffham PA (2016) Increasing Capacity for the Treatment of Common Musculoskeletal Problems: A Non-Inferiority RCT and Economic Analysis of Corticosteroid Injection for Shoulder Pain Comparing a Physiotherapist and Orthopaedic Surgeon. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0162679. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0162679 
  • Marks D, Bisset L, Thomas M, S O’Leary, Comans T, Ng SK, Conaghan PG, Scuffham P:  Agreement between a physiotherapist and an orthopaedic surgeon regarding management and prescription of corticosteroid injection for patients with shoulder pain. Manual Therapy 2016, 26 (216-222). 
  • Marks D, Bisset L, Thomas M, OLeary S, Comans T, Ng SK, et al. (2014) An experienced physiotherapist prescribing and administering corticosteroid and local anaesthetic injections to the shoulder in an Australian orthopaedic service, a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial and economic analysis: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 15(1):503.
  • Marks D, Comans T, Bisset L, Scuffham P: Substitution of doctors with physiotherapists in the management of common musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review. Physiotherapy (2016 In Press).
  • Kent P, Marks D, Pearson W, Keating J (2005) Does clinician treatment choice improve the outcomes of manual therapy for non-specific low back pain? A meta-analysis. Journal of Manip and Physiological Therapeutics. 28(5):312-2 

Published conference abstracts: 

  • Marks, D. et al. (2016) The economic burden of shoulder pain awaiting public orthopaedic care. Manual Therapy, Volume 25, e43 
  • Marks, D. et al. (2016) Agreement between a physiotherapist and orthopaedic surgeon regarding management of shoulder pain and prescription of subacromial corticosteroid injection. Manual Therapy, Volume 25, e42 - e43

For government (Department of Health UK, prepared within project appointments):

  • Allied Health Professions Prescribing and Medicines Supply Mechanisms Scoping Project Report. Department of Health (2009).
  • National Engagement Exercise - Proposals to Introduce Independent Prescribing for Physiotherapists and Podiatrists. Department of Health (2010).