Current research studies

Clinical trials and research studies help to develop new interventions and tests that may improve your health care, alleviate the symptoms of your disease or condition or improve the health care of others with the same condition.

The following clinical trials and research studies are currently recruiting participants. Contact the researchers directly if you would like to be involved.

 

University of Sydney - Making decisions about funding of high cost medicines in Australia

Are you interested in how the government makes decisions about your medicines?

This study is looking for participants from the general public, patients, and health-related consumer groups to take part in focus group interviews about optimal regulatory and funding systems to provide access to medicines.

Focus groups will last for approximately 2 hours and will be held at various locations in Sydney at a time that suits you. All focus group participants will receive a $50 supermarket gift card as a token of our appreciation. 

For more information, please contact PhD student Jessica Pace:

Email: jessica.pace@sydney.edu.au 

Phone: 02 9036 3213

Monash University - Examining the experiences of young people with arthritis

Are you a young person living with arthritis? Help researchers understand your experiences.

The project’s goal is to explore the impacts of living with arthritis, and the effect that it has on your work, your recreational activities, your family roles, your body function and your finances. Anyone aged 18 – 50 diagnosed with arthritis can participate. The research involves completing a brief online questionnaire (5 minutes), followed by a telephone interview (~45 minutes).

For further information or to participate in the project please contact:

Danielle Berkovic, PhD Candidate

Phone: 03 9903 0052

Email: danielle.berkovic@monash.edu

University of Queensland - Pain management and medication use: Knowledge and Attitudes of Chronic Pain Patients

Individuals with chronic pain are invited to complete a short online questionnaire about medication use and pain management. 

Participants with chronic pain will be asked to fill out a short online questionnaire about their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours related to pain management and medication use. The study will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

Everyone who completes this survey will go into the draw to win 1 of 2 $100 gift cards.

To get involved, visit: https://uqpsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/PainMedicationUse

Back Pain Quest Survey

Do you have low back pain? Are you 18+ years? Please help researchers at Cabrini to better understand low back pain.

The aim of the project is to investigate how low back pain affects the wellbeing and day-to-day living of people who have the condition. If you choose to take part in this project, please complete the survey by clicking on this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/backpainquest . Please answer all the questions. We anticipate that this will take up to 20 minutes.

Participation in this research is voluntary. Should you wish to withdraw at any stage, or to withdraw any unprocessed data you have supplied, you are free to do so without prejudice. If you have questions about this please contact Melanie Hawkins on mhawkins@cabrini.com.au, or leave a message with Cathy at 03 9508 3499 and Melanie will call you back. Thank you for taking the time to help us with this important research.

The ethical aspects of this study have been reviewed by the Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee (CHREC 02-21-08-17) and the study complies with the NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

University of Queensland - Want To Learn More About Your Back Pain?

If you are over 18 years old and have (or have had) low back pain you may be able to participate!

The aim of this study is to evaluate a website which provides information about low back pain.

You can participate from your home. It will only take about 2 hours (over a month).

It is not expected that participating in this study will result in any risk or discomfort for you!

For more information, please contact:

Email: n.cordeirodacosta@uq.edu.au

Phone: 0435 125 094

Calling all users of the painHEALTH website

painHEALTH is a web-based resource for people with musculoskeletal pain, providing evidence-based practical tips and guidance about how to manage pain.

Based on Google analytics, the website is widely used by consumers, health professionals, Government and non-government organisations.

Curtin University, WA, is undertaking a review of the painHEALTH website to understand what works well for end users, what’s missing or not working well. The objective is to improve the resource and make sure it is meeting its purpose so people get the right information, at the right time. The evaluation is being led by Professor Helen Slater.

Consumers, health professionals and health service organisations that use painHEALTH are invited to participate in the review by completing an online survey (10 minutes) – click here to access the survey or go to painhealth.csse.uwa.edu.au.

Complete the survey by 1 April 2018 and be entered into a prize draw to win $500

University of Queensland - Do you have back pain?

Help us find out if a website can help you.

Requirements:

  • You currently have back pain (recent or long term)
  • You are you 18 years or older
  • You have regular access to the internet

Those who complete the study will go into a draw to win one of 10 iPad minis.

Trial participants will access the internet in different ways and need to complete some online questionnaires over a 12-month period.

Sign up here.

Need more info? Contact the Project Manager, Leanne Hall l.hall1@uq.edu.au

UNSW - Mobile Application for People with Gout Study

Have you had at least two gout attacks in the past year and have access to a smartphone or tablet with internet?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a UNSW Sydney research study to test a mobile app designed for people with gout.

By taking part, you will be asked to:

  • Use a mobile app for one year
  • See your GP and have blood tests at least 3 times in a year
  • Fill out 3 surveys, and
  • Complete a short interview at the end of the study

You will receive a $30 gift voucher at 3 points of the study ($90 total).

Interested in joining? Go to our website mygoutapp.com or contact:

Jacob Bechara
Phone: 1800 931 544
Email: med.gout.app@unsw.edu.au

The University of Queensland - Do you have ankle osteoarthritis?

Researchers at The University of Queensland are inviting people with known diagnosis of ankle osteoarthritis to fill an online survey.

Participation involves completing online questionnaire about symptoms and disability associated with ankle osteoarthritis. This study can be completed by individuals living anywhere in Australia.

Completing the survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes, and will help us to better understand the problems experienced by people with ankle osteoarthritis. To complete the online survey, please click here.

Monash University - Have you experienced medical issues or other difficulties in seeking care on your return from medical travel

This is an international collaborative research project, focusing on Australia and Japan, that explores how patients who travel abroad for medical care may be better supported upon their return home. Monash University is taking part in conducting research in Australian contexts.

As medical tourism has grown around the world, so have the number of the reports highlighting the adverse outcomes from undertaking medical care abroad. Health and safety risks associated with medical tourism have become a major concern to researchers, medical professionals and policy makers worldwide. Due to a scarcity of empirical research on medical tourism, your participation is invaluable in highlighting what patients have experienced following travel to another country or jurisdiction.

Participation in this study involves taking part in one interview with Dr Omori. It can be conducted through face-to-face, by phone or via Skype (or other forms of electronic communication tools). An interview date and time can be arranged based on your preference.

For further information contact Dr Maho Omori
Phone: 0415140838
Email: maho.omori@manash.edu.au

University of Sydney, Northern Clinical School – Do you have pain at the base of your thumb?

Specialists from Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney, Australia) are conducting a 12-week research study to compare two different treatments for people with osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb.

You may be eligible if you: are aged 40 years and over, have moderate to severe pain at the base of the thumb due to osteoarthritis and are able to travel to RNSH in order to attend the study visits.

The participants will be assigned to one of two treatment groups. Interventions will consist of conservative therapies and will not involve surgery, oral medications or injections.

To see if you are eligible fill out the online screening here.

For more information contact Vicky Duong
Phone: 02 9463 1896
Email: vicky.duong@sydney.edu.au

Monash University - Do you have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia?

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. They are conducting this study to see whether they can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

To be involved, participants must:

  • be aged between 18 and 75 years
  • have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia

Participation will involve attending the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for an initial 2 week period of daily (Monday-Friday) treatments followed by a 2 week period of 3 treatments per week. Each treatment appointment takes approximately 30 minutes.

For further information contact Freya Stockman
Phone: (03) 9076 9896
Email: freya.stockman@monash.edu

University of Notre Dame - DigiTech Pain Project

Using Digital health technology to optimise older people’s Pain self-management capabilities: a mixed-methods ‘DigiTech’ Pain Project

You are invited to take part in the DigiTech Pain project if you experience ongoing osteoarthritic pain, are over 65 years of age and use a smartphone or tablet computer.

For further information contact Ms Priyanka Bhattarai
Phone: 0452 518 525
Email: Priyanka.Bhattarai1@my.nd.edu.au

UNSW - Cost of Gout Study

Do you have gout? This research is being done to learn more about the cost of chronic gout to Australian households.

We are looking for people who want to take part in this research and who:

  • Had gout at least once
  • Are 18 years or over
  • Live in Australia

If you decide to take part in the research you would complete a survey (either online or paper based depending on your preference), which will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

You will be entered into a lottery to win 1 x $200 gift card as reimbursement for your participation in the study.

You can access the survey and more information via this link: www.costofgout.com

La Trobe University study - Kneecap arthritis treatment for those aged 50+ years

If you are 50 years or older, and have pain around your kneecap (pain at the front of your knee), during sitting, squatting, or stair climbing, you may be eligible to participate in a government (NHMRC) funded clinical trial.

What will you be asked to do?

  • Attend La Trobe University (Bundoora campus) for a knee examination
  • Have a FREE x-ray of your painful knee
  • Wear a specific footwear intervention for 12 months
  • Complete questionnaires about your knee pain

For further information, please visit:

Website: http://semrc.blogs.latrobe.edu.au/kneecap-pain

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FootpathStudy

Or contact Jade on:

Phone: 03 9479 2768

Email:  jade.tan@latrobe.edu.au