Researchers: If your research project is reviewed and meets our research subcommittee approval criteria for advertisement and promotion by Chronic Pain Australia, we would be more than happy to support your work as we believe in connecting our chronic pain community to valuable research. We will publish your research on our website as well as share it with our social media community (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) which has over 24k followers and a very engaging community of members. 

 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.  

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 Research participation opportunities: 

Pain Understanding and Confidence in GP’s in Australia; the patients’ views -
recruitment ending 31 October 2020 

A brief description of the study: 

We are studying knowledge and confidence in healthcare students and GP’s in Australia, using an online questionnaire; the Pain Understanding and Confidence Questionnaire (PUnCQ).

To complement this study, we feel it is very important to get the views of ordinary people, who have chronic or persistent pain. We want to know how you felt about your GP’s understanding of chronic pain and how they were able to help you. Many of you will have been on a journey with your pain; you may have been to pain specialists or pain management programs. You may have found help through a voluntary organisation.

What we’re interested in finding out is; were there things that your GP did that really helped? – or were there things that you wish your GP had been able to help with back at the beginning? We hope that getting your views on this will help us to make suggestions for university courses for doctors and other health care professionals.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Townsville Hospital Research Ethics Committee Approval (ID: 20279264534, 2.6.20 & _AM01 9.9.20). It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

To take part in the study, visit https://stephengilbert989146.typeform.com/to/iVP3YhbV 

Participicant selection criteria: 

  • Anyone with persistent (chronic) pain 

Consent, confidentiality, and anonymity:

The survey will be anonymous but will record basic information. Participation will be voluntary and participants can withdraw at any point without giving a reason; the survey will include an informed consent procedure at the start.

Any analysis and reporting of the results of the study will maintain this anonymity and confidentiality.

Privacy, ethical, and legal practice will be followed, and all of the information gathered will be handled in confidence. All responses will be treated in confidence and no personal details will be stored. No identifying information will appear in any documents or in the final report.

Researcher:

Dr. Stephen Gilbert 
MB ChB FRCA FFFPM FANZCA FPMANZCA
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service,
c/o Anaesthetic Department, Townsville Hospital, Queensland, 4814.

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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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 Do you have chronic pain? Do you manage your condition with prescription opioids? - recruitment ending June 2021

Study: Exploring the lived experience of real-time prescription monitoring for people who use prescription opioids for chronic pain 

To get involved in this study, participants must get in touch with researcher, Sarah Haines via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
or mobile phone: 0427349929

A brief description of the study:

Victoria is currently implementing a real-time prescription monitoring system called SafeScript. SafeScript is a computer software program that is used by Doctors and Pharmacists to record and monitor their patients’ prescription medication history. Monitored medicines include strong opioid painkillers such as Buprenorphine, Codeine, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Pethidine, Tapentadol. Doctors and Pharmacists use the information they obtain from SafeScript to help them make decisions about whether to prescribe these medications to their patients.

The purpose of this study is to explore how people who use prescription opioids experience SafeScript in their clinical interactions with health care professionals. In particular, this study aims to understand if SafeScript influences how you view yourself and your prescription medication use and if SafeScript has had any influence on your relationship with your health care providers. The study is also interested if you have changed the way you engage with the health care system if you have started using different health care services, medications, or drugs, or if you have experienced any changes in your physical or psychological well-being.

 Participant selection criteria:
• Must be 18 yrs or older
• Must be living in Victoria, Australia
• Must speak and understand English
• Must be taking, or trying to access prescription opioids for the treatment of pain. Can also be on a tapering plan or recently finished taking prescription medication for pain. Prescription opioids might include; Buprenorphine, Codeine, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Pethidine or Tapentadol.

Remuneration for participants:
Participants will be compensated $30 for their time

Researcher: 

Sarah Haines
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0427349929
Ph.D. Candidate (Clinical Psychology) , Provisional Psychologist & Teaching Associate
Brain, Mind and Society Research Hub - Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health
Addiction and Mental Health Program
School of Psychological Sciences - Monash University

Chief Investigator:
Assoc Professor Adrian Carter
Monash University

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee, Project ID: 21128 on 12/11/2019. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

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 Are you an Australian health professional who primarily works with chronic pain patients?
- recruitment ending December 2020

Study: How do clinicians perceive patient use of metaphors in chronic pain consultations?

A brief description of the study: 

This study aims to explore how health professionals working in chronic pain perceive patient use of pain metaphors in consultations. The study will be brief individual Zoom interviews.

The link to participate in the online study is:https://utsau.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8rcmmxVT3rVhHSZ

Participant selection criteria:
- Australian health professional (doctor, psychologist, physiotherapist, etc.)
- Work with chronic pain at least 50% of clinical load
- Has worked in the chronic pain field for minimum 12 months

Researcher: 

Imogene Munday, University of Technology Sydney
Master of Clinical Psychology 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Graduate School of Health
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123 Broadway NSW 2007 Australia

This project has been reviewed and approved by the UTS Human Research Ethics Review Committee, approval number UTS HREC REF NO. ETH20-4713, 5 August 2020. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

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Medicine use following an injury  -  recruitment ending 2020

Have you recently experienced neck or back pain following an injury in the past 12 months?

We need your input for a research study about people’s experiences of using medicines after a road traffic crash. Participate by telephone from home!

Aim: To explore people’s experiences of medicine use for a neck or lower back soft tissue injury incurred following an injury.

Full study name: Understanding patients’ perspectives on medicine use for neck and lower back soft tissue injury following an injury

Brief description of the study:

Over many years, researchers at RECOVER Injury Research Centre at the University of Queensland have been working to better understand pain and disability associated with injuries. 

The aims of the study are to explore how you are managing your pain, what treatments you have been offered, and your satisfaction with the care you received. We would like to hear about what treatments were offered, your thoughts about medication and other treatments for pain, and your satisfaction with the care you received.

The best way to gather this information is through talking with you directly during a one-on-one interview. The data gathered from these interviews will allow us to better understand peoples’ experiences of the treatment they were injured Gaining a more in-depth understanding of people’s experiences will provide us with information needed to help us guide the development of other options to treat pain, such as yours, and the most effective ways these options might be discussed with patients such as yourself.

Participant selection criteria:
• All participants need to be 18 – 65 years old
• Neck & Back Pain from any type of injury, in the past 12 months
• Visited a GP OR attended an ED but were not admitted for this neck or back injury
• Used a prescription or over-the-counter medicine for this neck or back injury, and
• Are fluent in English
• Individuals are not eligible to participate if another, more serious, injury such as a broken bone was experienced; or if they have had neck or back pain for longer than three months.

 Remuneration for participants: 

$20 gift vouchers will be offered to thank participants for their time. 

What is involved:
A phone interview for up to 40 minutes, at a time convenient to you. Everything you say will be completely confidential and anonymous.

How can I volunteer or find out more: 
People interested in participating or learning more about the study can contact Ms. Sarah Robins, Research Assistant, on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07 3346 4812 or Dr. Jane Nikles on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0408 599 033

Link study information:  http://bit.ly/2w4I4hX where you can download the participant information sheet and study brochure

Researcher:

Assoc Prof Jane Nikles (MBBS Ph.D.), The University of Queensland
Jane Nikles on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0408 599 033

This project has been reviewed and approved by The University of Queensland HREC approval (ID: #2020000195) 13/02/2020. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

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The Effects of a Dietary Intervention on Chronic Pain: A Pilot Clinical Trial - study recruitment open until all participant places are filled 

You are invited to take part in a research study about how modifying your diet may alter chronic pain. You are invited to take part in a research study about how modifying your diet may alter chronic pain. Participation in this study will involve changing your current diet (quality and/or food type) and monitoring you over 12 weeks to see whether there are any changes in your reported pain, quality of life, and other health-related measures (such as weight, blood pressure, and blood tests). The results of this research will help to determine whether this dietary intervention would be a useful addition to current pain management practices.

Objectives:  The aim of this research is to determine changes in reported pain, blood ketone levels, metabolic biomarkers, inflammation and quality of life in patients with chronic pain on a Whole Food Diet, and report the experience implementing the diet in this patient population.

Participant selection criteria:
• Body mass index >18.5.
• 18 years or over.
• Chronic musculoskeletal pain experienced daily that has extended beyond 3 months.
• Willing to be involved in dietary change and attend fortnightly videoconference/phone meetings.
• Willing to monitor blood glucose and ketones via finger‐prick (up to) daily.
• Willing to be involved in the dietary change that can include animal protein and fat.
• Habitual diet is consistent with a standard western/moderate or high carbohydrate diet
• Willing to fill in a daily diary (5 mins per day)
• Use of other treatment therapies (such as physiotherapy, TENS, chiropractic, exercise program, etc) must have been ongoing for 1 month prior to recruitment and the subject is willing to continue therapy at the same level throughout the intervention.
• Willing to maintain regularly prescribed pain medication or record changes in optional pain medication usage.
• Access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone along with internet access

Researcher and who to contact if you are interested in participating: 
Rowena Field
Masters in Physiotherapy
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
0437575407

This project has been reviewed and approved by The Approval by Sydney Uni Ethics 2020/557, 17/9/20. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

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Understanding the use of pain management and other health services by people living with chronic pain - study recruitment open until all participant places are filled  

A brief description of the study: 
We are looking for participants for a study examining how people living with chronic pain access to health services. We would like to explore the services people with chronic pain currently use as well as barriers to service access or attitudes around the effectiveness of different services. The research study aims to gain an understanding of how different services are used for pain management, and what barriers or enablers may hinder or help people to access them. We hope that this will help inform the planning of future services for people with chronic pain. The scope and interview questions were informed by previous work, both nationally and internationally, including results from the National Pain Survey.

The study involves taking part in a 1-hour interview, either by telephone or in-person at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at 22-32 King Street, Randwick, Sydney (participant preference).

Participant selection criteria:
The research is looking to recruit people who meet the following:
• have been living with chronic pain for at least 3 months
• able to complete a telephone or in-person interview in English without assistance

Participants who meet the following criteria will be excluded from the study:
• under the age of 18 years old
• pain is related to cancer
• receiving palliative care services.

Remuneration: Participants will be reimbursed $20 for their time.

Researcher and who to contact if they are interested in participating:
Ria Hopkins
BHSci(Hons), MPH
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(02) 9065 7831

This project has been reviewed and approved by Sydney Uni Ethics 2020/557, 17/9/20. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee. 

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