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: 


Chronic Conditions and Wellbeing in Young People - recruitment ending 31 August 

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

Brief description of the study: In this project, we want to find out more are about the well-being of teens and young adults with chronic physical conditions. You will be asked to complete an online survey which contains a number of questions about how you think and feel. The survey will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and you will receive a $10 voucher to either JBHifi or Big W (your choice).

Participant selection criteria: 
This study is open to Australian residents, aged 16-25 years, who have been diagnosed with a chronic physical llness. If you meet the criteria and want to take part in this study, please follow the link!

Potential benefits for people with chronic pain: It is our hope that our research will contribute to understanding how to promote wellbeing in young people living with chronic illness, including chronic pain.

Renumeration for participants: Respondents receive a $10 voucher for completing the survey.

Research Team Contact Details: 

Rebecca Sampson, Undergraduate Psychology Student (Honours) at Curtin University (WA) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Under the supervision of Professor Clare Rees (Curtin) and Dr Amy Finalay-Jones (Telethon Kids Institute).

This project has been reviewed and approved by University of Western Australia Human Research Ethics Committee
approval number RA/4/20/5896. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee. 

Wellbeing in Youth Chronic Illness study information


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 visualization 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


Would you like to test an online intervention for chronic pain? recruitment ending September 2020

Full study name: Cognitive Bia Modification for Patients with Chronic Pain

Brief description of the study: Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) is an online computer-based intervention that has had promising results, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in both healthy and clinical populations. It has also been helpful in reducing fears about dying from cancer, therefore reducing anxiety in people with cancer. Our study aims to assess whether CBM is effective in reducing pain-related outcomes in people suffering from chronic pain.

Participants will be randomly allocated to one of two groups: CBM or placebo. Those in the placebo group will have access to the CBM intervention once they complete the study.

The study will be conducted over 4 weeks and will take a total of 2.5 hours for each participant. The entire study is conducted online. Participants will be asked to fill out questionnaires in the pre-training stage, and will then be asked to complete 4 training sessions over 2 weeks (about 10-15 minutes each). Then, they will be asked to complete questionnaires at 2 follow-up points, one immediately after training ceases and one 2 weeks after that.

Participant selection: We are looking for volunteers with chronic pain Australia wide.

For more information or to get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Researcher:  

Emma Jones This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This project has been reviewed and approved by The University of Western Sydney Ethics committee (ID: 2018/381) 11/7/2018. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee 

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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: https://is.gd/persistentpain

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)
Or
- Have recently recovered from chronic low back pain (within the last 2 years)

Researcher:
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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