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Chronic Pain Australia are happy to support research that contributes to a greater understanding of the experience of living with chronic pain. This page is to present the opportunities that are available for people in pain to participate. All studies advertised here have been reviewed and passed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee. Please let us know about your experiences if you are a participant in any of the studies that come this way.

Research Participant Database: We have started a database of people who are interested in being contacted about pain-related research that we have been asked to promote. To learn more and to register, click here.

For researchers: If your research project is reviewed and meets our research subcommittee approval criteria for advertisement and promotion by Chronic Pain Australia, we will require your subscription as a financial member. If you are not already a member, you can join via our websiteIf your research is unfunded, you will need to become a General Member ($20 per annum). If your research is part of a funded study, an Associate Membership is required ($120 per annum). 

Firstly, we require you to fill out this form detailing all relevant particulars about your research project, including ethics approvals. Once this form is filled out and completed, please return it and any relevant attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Research participation opportunities: 

Study: Investigating the Impact of Desensitisation of Pain-Related memories on Self-efficacy in People with Chronic Pain - recruitment ending August 2020 

Brief description of the study:
We are conducting a research project that will be exploring how a visualisation task impacts pain memories and self-efficacy to accomplish daily activities despite living with chronic pain

To access the online study and get involved, click here.

Participant selection criteria: 
Adults aged 18 years and over who are currently living with chronic pain that has been present for 3 months or more are invited to participate in this research project. Due to possible negative effects, those who are pregnant or have epilepsy are not able to participate.

Remuneration for participants:
On completion of the survey, participants residing within Australia will be provided an option to enter a draw for one of three $50 Coles vouchers.

Research Team Contact Details:
- Chief Investigator, Andrew Allen, Associate Lecturer - Clinical Psychology, School of Social Sciences,
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
- Student Investigator, Ms Paula Bessems, Bachelors of Social Science (psychology) (honours)
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of the Sunshine Coast Human Research Ethics Committee approved (ID: S201413) 13/05/2020. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee. 

Investigating the Impact of Desensitisation of Pain-Related memories on Self-efficacy in People with Chronic Pain

Do you have chronic low back pain? Or have you visited a doctor due to chronic low back pain in the past 2 years but have now recovered? - recruitment ending October 2020  

Study: Exploring the social determinants of health outcomes for Australian spine-injured adults with persistent pain: a mixed-methods study 

The link to participate in the online study is:

A brief description of the study:

The main aims of this research are to investigate associations between the social determinants of health and pain-related outcomes in adults with spinal cord injuries and low back pain and explore how adults with low SES and persistent pain experience healthcare in the country and metropolitan Australia. This will be explored through qualitative methods and an online questionnaire.

Participant selection criteria:
18 years of age or older, live in Australia
- Experience chronic low back pain (pain in the lower back on most days for 3 months or more)
- Have recently recovered from chronic low back pain (within the last 2 years)

Dr. Emma Karran, University of South Australia
Ph.D., Grad Dip (Psych), B App Sc (Physiotherapy)

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of South Australia Research Ethics Committee Approval (ID: 202792) 21/1/2020. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

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