Chronic pain is widely misunderstood and there is still a lot we need to learn about why it exists, why certain people are affected and not others, and how to treat it.
By participating in surveys and trials conducted by leading research institutions, you will help improve our body of knowledge about pain and help develop new and better treatments and management strategies.
Many research requests are online surveys and will require only a few minutes of your time. Others are clinical trials that offer the opportunity to receive treatments at no cost, which may lead to improvement in your symptoms.
While we aim to ensure that all of the surveys and trials we list are up-to-date, some may have closed early due to reaching sufficient numbers.
To be advertised on the Painaustralia website, a survey must meet the following criteria:
Non-commercial research purposes
Topic clearly relates to pain and its prevention, management or impact in either a discipline specific or multidisciplinary manner
Valid ethics certificate from a university or other recognised authority
Defined end date
A short summary of the survey result is to be provided to be posted on the Painaustralia website.
Mindfulness for pain and suffering in the COVID-19 world
A team of researchers at the University of Queensland, University of Sydney and University of California San Diego are seeking adults experiencing pain to participate in a 45-minute online meditation study exploring how mindfulness reduces the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on pain, suffering and wellbeing.
Participants will learn to meditate and can enter a monthly draw to win an AUD$50 prepaid visa card.
Pain Understanding and Confidence in GPs in Australia; the patients’ views
Dr Steve Gilbert, Pain Medicine Specialist from North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service, is seeking participants to share their opinions for his research in assessing the views of people with pain about pain understanding and confidence in their GPs. To be part of the study click here.
What do health professionals think when chronic pain patients use metaphors?
Exploring the lived experience of real-time prescription monitoring for people who use prescription opioids for chronic pain
MEDICINE USE FOLLOWING A ROAD TRAFFIC CRASH
Have you recently experienced neck or back pain following a road traffic crash?
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!
To explore people’s experiences of medicine use for a neck or lower back soft tissue injury incurred following a road traffic crash.
Type of volunteers needed:
Over 18 years old
Experienced neck or back pain as a result of a road traffic crash within the past 12 weeks
Visited a GP OR attended an Emergency Department, but not admitted
Used a prescription or over-the-counter medicine for this neck or back injury, and
Fluent in English
Individuals are not eligible to participate if another, more serious, injury such as a broken bone was experienced in the road traffic crash; or if you have had neck or back pain for longer than three months.
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.
What’s in it for me?
While you may not personally benefit from participating in this research, your time, experience, and feedback will likely benefit others who experience neck or back pain from a road traffic crash. Gaining a more in-depth understanding of people’s experiences will help guide development of the better treatment options to improve recovery.
An offering a $20 gift voucher to each participant.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3346 4812 or Dr Jane Nikles on email email@example.com or 0408 599 033
Would you like to test an online intervention for chronic pain?
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. You 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, you will be asked to complete questionnaires at 2 follow-up points, one immediately after training ceases and one 2 weeks after that.
We are looking for volunteers with chronic pain Australia wide. If you would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are offering a donation of $5 to Painaustralia for every participant who completes the study.
This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval number: 2018/381)
Researchers at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health (IMH) University of Sydney
Researchers at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health (IMH) University of Sydney are looking for people who have read lay summaries of research articles to help them with a research project. The project aims to find out what people with health conditions think is important in a lay summary.
In case you’re not familiar with them, lay summaries are short summaries of research papers written in plain, everyday language and may also be called plain-language summaries, highlights or key points. Researchers use lay summaries to communicate their study findings.
The project will involve being part of a discussion with 3-5 other people that goes for approximately 1-2 hours duration, held via ZOOM, which is free to download and use.
For more information on this important study, please contact Karen Gainey or Steve Kamper via email or phone:
The University of Sydney - Opioid Deprescribing Guideline Development Group
The University of Sydney requires a consumer representative to join their Opioid Deprescribing Guideline Development Group. Overprescribing of prescription opioid analgesics is acknowledged to be a major international public health problem. There is a well-recognised need to mitigate inappropriate use of prescription opioids and related harm. Current prescribing guidelines provide advice regarding initiation of treatment and rarely address monitoring or medication discontinuation, or, where they do, provide inadequate cessation guidance and support. As such, novel opioid cessation approaches are needed to ensure appropriate opioid use.
The Opioid Deprescribing Guideline Development Group has been established to develop evidence-based deprescribing guidelines for opioid analgesics and a pilot strategy for the implementation of opioid
deprescribing guidelines. Members of the Group will need to:
• Attend meetings on an as-needed basis
• Contribute to guideline development and implementation
• Understand and adhere to agreed methods of communication, document generation and review
The appointment is for an eighteen months term from 27 May 2020 to December 2021. The work consists of four meetings which will be conducted face-to-face and/or via tele/videoconference. The next meeting is anticipated to take place on Wednesday 27 May 2020. Please note that sitting fees, travel, accommodation and related expenses will be paid by the Opioid Deprescribing Guideline Research Group at the University of Sydney.
Applications to join the Opioid Deprescribing Guideline Development Group are currently open until midnight AEST on Sunday 17 May 2020. To apply, please email the following to PhD Candidate, Aili Langford, at the University of Sydney at email@example.com:
• An outline of your skills, insights and experience as a consumer representative, listing particular committee work being involved with prescription medicines.
• A CV in pdf format
Please contact the Aili Langford on 0428 566 658 should you have any queries.
Expressions of interest close at midnight AEST on Sunday 17 May 2020
How long will Medicinal Cannabis Products be detectable in Oral Fluid?
Do you have back pain?
Researchers from the University of Sydney are conducting an innovative study using text messages to support recovery of people suffering from low back pain.
The study is named TEXT4myBACK and will provide information about back pain via SMS to help people to better manage their pain.
Are you a carer who struggles with sleep? Does your caring role mean late nights and early starts with broken sleep in-between? Carers Australia wants to hear from you!
They have commissioned a second study into how being a carer impacts sleep, looking at what strategies are currently being used to aid sleep and provide recommendations for how carers can improve their sleep. Follow link below and contribute to the study by completing a short survey!
Do you have complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) of the upper limb? You may be eligible for our experiment.
We are investigating how the brain processes sensory information. We are reading the brain’s responses to brief electrical stimulation to the hands, using electrodes on the scalp. You will also be given some questionnaires to complete.
This experiment involves a 2-hour (approx.) lab visit to the University of South Australia.
We will reimburse you $20/session for your time and will cover your transport expenses.
Are you a younger person living with arthritis? Help us understand your financial experiences managing the condition
Are you a younger person living with arthritis? Help us understand your financial experiences
managing the condition. Have your say! Our goal is to understand the financial burden of living with arthritis, and the effect it has on your work, your ability to afford to do the things you love, and your ability to live as you’d like day-to-day. Anyone aged 18 – 50 diagnosed with arthritis can participate. Participation involves completing an online cost diary each week for 6 weeks (total time commitment approximately 15 – 30 minutes per week). Participants who complete the full 6 weeks will have the opportunity to win one of two $200 Coles/Myer gift cards!
For further information or to participate in our project please contact:
Danielle Berkovic, PhD Candidate firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9903 0052
Psychological factors and chronic pain
Researchers at the University of Queensland are recruiting people who experience chronic pain to investigate the shared psychological factors linked to chronic pain and pain management. They are looking for people to complete a short online questionnaire that will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
You are eligible if you are over 18 years old and experience chronic pain that has been diagnosed by a health practitioner. You can also go into the draw to win 1 of 2 $100 gift vouchers for participating.
If you are interested in participating in this research you can access the survey link here:
Understanding the Relationship between Brain Blood Flow and Menstrual Migraine
The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre located at the University of Newcastle is inviting premenopausal women aged 18 years and over to participate in a study examining links between blood flow in the brain and menstrual migraine. For the study, they are looking for two types of volunteers:
Women who suffer from migraine lasting for at least 4 hours around their period or during mid-cycle but were free from migraine at other times
Women who are non – migraine sufferers
For more information, including eligibility to participate, please contact Jemima Dzator at the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre.
Researchers at Western Sydney University are recruiting for a study to better understand elbow pain. The study will explore whether brain function alters due to elbow pain. The test session will take approximately 2 hours and you will be reimbursed for your time and travel. The session will be held at Western Sydney University, Campbelltown campus.
You are eligible to participant if you are between 18-65 and:
- Have pain around one or both elbows (i.e. tennis elbow, lateral epicondylalgia) lasting at least 6 weeks
- No history of epilepsy or other neurological conditions
- Not taking any central nervous system acting medications
If you are interested in participating please email Ghufran Alhassani on email@example.com or call (02) 4620 3965 to receive further information or confirm eligibility.
The University of Sydney is investigating the role of the brain in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). They are interested in brain activity and the concentration of certain chemicals in the brain, and how these relate to sensation. To aid this research they are looking for participants with CPRS of the hands, wrist or arm.
Participation in the study will involve analysing the brain’s responses to brief electrical stimulation to the hands, using electrodes on the scalp. Participants will also be given some questionnaires to complete.
This study will involve a visit of approximately 2 hours, in Randwick, Sydney. As well as the MRI and the sensation experiment, you will also be given some questionnaires to complete.
University of Sydney will reimburse participants for their time and effort.
For more information contact Flavia Di Pietro: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is running a survey to investigate the general public’s pain experience, specifically how you communicate about pain with your doctor, how your pain is managed and your pain medicines generally. To participate in this research, please click here.
The School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is undertaking a project on migraines. The purpose of this project is to investigate the general public’s experience with migraine pain, specifically your understanding and knowledge of migraine pain, how your migraine pain is managed and migraine pain medicines generally. To participate in this research, please click here.
People with and without pain invited to take part in a study to investigate body changes and sensations in people with chronic pain. The online survey takes approximately 20 minutes and the responses are anonymous. To thank you for taking part, you will have the option of submitting your email address for entry into a prize draw for a £50 Amazon.co.uk voucher at the end of the study. This email address will be stored separately to your survey answers. Participants must be aged 16 and over, with or without pain, and people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome are encouraged to take part. To go to the survey and for more information, click on the link below, or copy the link and paste it into your internet browser. The study is being conducted by the University of Bath UK and if you have any questions please email email@example.com. Survey: https://bathpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eEfHGWrceV52HPf
Do you have back pain? Many people with sleep/insomnia symptoms unfortunately do, and having both seems to make things worse. We at the University of Sydney are looking for participants in our study. Here you can have FREE ONLINE treatment for sleep, and we propose it can improve your back pain as well!
What we need: People with back pain living anywhere in Australia
What we offer: An online study with free sleep treatment.
If you can't participate, please at least like and share this page so that we can reach others all across Australia!
If you are interested, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | https://www.facebook.com/sleepback/
On 1 February 2018 codeine-containing products will no longer be available over-the-counter and instead you will need a prescription. The University of Tasmania would like to know how this change will impact you. Participants will be required to complete an online survey four times over 12 months. You will be entered into a draw for $100 vouchers for the first survey and be given $20 for every completed subsequent survey. For more information and a direct link to the survey visit: https://www.facebook.com/codeinecohortstudy/
Curtin University and the National Drug Research Institute would like to hear your views on opioid medication, overdose and take-home naloxone. Participants must be 18 or over, live in NSW and have experience with opioid medication. You do not need to have used naloxone to participate. The information will be used to help develop resources about take-home naloxone. Participation involves a confidential audio recorded interview at a location of your choice of about one hour and you will be reimbursed $50 for your time. For more information download the flyer or contact Adrian Farrugia: 03 9079 2205, 0467 633 751 or email@example.com
A psychology PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania is conducting a survey looking at pain, cognitive functioning (e.g. memory) and physical and mental health in people who use prescription-only opioid medications to manage chronic pain. Participants must live in Australia. The survey is online and will take about 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey participants can enter a draw to win a $50 Coles Myer voucher. The survey will run until mid 2018 is available at: https://surveys.its.utas.edu.au/index.php/842327?newtest=Y
UTS Clinical Psychology is conducting a study on the effects of mindfulness on chronic pain. The study, led by Alice Shires, is calling for individuals who have been living with chronic pain for more than three months to participate in the study.
It will find how a short mindfulness-based exposure technique alleviates the discomfort experienced by people with chronic pain in comparison to distraction, a commonly used tool in coping with pain. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health is offering a free online course to help people manage chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as part of a research trial to develop an effective evidence-based online support program. Outcomes of the first trial, , revealed significantly greater improvements in participants' reported disability, anxiety and depression, with more than 95 percent of participants reporting the Pain Course was worth their time, and they would recommend it to others. For further information call 02 9850 9464.
No cost treatment for chronic low back pain: This program of research is designed to help low back pain sufferers learn non-pharmacological techniques to reduce the disability and intensity of low back pain, as well as the associated distress. Trained professionals provide 8 low back pain management classes, at no cost, with 6-11 other individuals with low back pain.
Contact Dr Melissa Day, MA(Clin), PhD at: Phone: 33 656 421 or Email: email@example.com
The most common somatic-health complaints experienced by children and adolescents include recurring abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal symptoms, recurring headaches, chest pains, dizziness and nausea. Participants required: Children and adolescents aged 7-17 years who are experiencing recurring somatic health complaints for a minimum of 3-months. Contact: For more information, please email Associate Professor Maria Kangas firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Pip Eve or Brita List on (02) 9850 4082.
Pain @ Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is undertaking research into the role of acceptance in chronic pain, and is seeking clinicians who treat people with chronic pain to complete an online questionnaire. Greater acceptance of chronic pain is associated with less distress and disability. Pragmatically, however, the idea that one might want to be more "accepting" of chronic pain runs contrary to common sense. To examine this further, NeuRA needs 200 clinicians to answer a 10-minute questionnaire.
Study Description: This study is part of a chronic pain study. Dr Stapleton is leading the study in her role within the Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University.
What you will be asked to do: You will be asked to answer questions online about your chronic pain experience. These are anonymous and the survey is voluntary. No identifying information will be collected. Tel: +61 7 5595 4194 Fax: +61 7 5595 1120 Email: email@example.com
We are interested in your experiences and perspectives of recovery following injury in a motor vehicle crash.
Following a road traffic crash, some individuals might recover without complication, while others will experience more challenges. The Recover Injury IMPACT Study aims to understand why some people experience more challenges than others as they progress along their journey to recovery.
The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)at the Alfred Hospital is currently seeking volunteers for a clinical trial of a non-medication investigational treatment for fibromyalgia. Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. We are conducting this study to see whether we can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.