Clinical Trials

Medicine Use for Pain Following a Road Traffic Crash

Do you have neck or back pain following a road traffic crash (within the last 3 months)?

Join The University of Queensland’s study about people’s experiences of medicine use after road traffic crashes.

Participate by telephone from home!

Read more: Medicine Use for Pain Following a Road Traffic Crash

Chronic Lower Back Pain Survey - UniSA

Do you have, or have suffered from chronic low back pain? Researchers from the University of South Australia are conducting an online survey to find out about your experiences of pain and healthcare and would really appreciate your assistance.

Read more: Chronic Lower Back Pain Survey - UniSA

Studies Looking at CRPS in Young People

A team of researchers at University of Bath have two studies on CRPS that are recruiting participants for. The two studies are:
     1. exploring how young people with CRPS think about their future (20-25 minute online survey)
     2. exploring how parents of young people with CRPS think about their child’s future (20-25 minute online survey)

The researchers will sending participants Amazon vouchers to thank them for their time.

Read more: Studies Looking at CRPS in Young People

Medicinal Cannabis Detectability Study

Researchers from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and University of Wollongong (UOW) are conducting a study to find out how long THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis, remains detectable in oral fluid of patients after taking a dose of medicinal cannabis product.

Read more: Medicinal Cannabis Detectability Study

Take-home Naloxone Recruitment

Would you like to share your views on opioid overdose and naloxone?

If so, we would like to speak to you.

A new study based at Curtin University aims to explore personal experiences of opioid medication consumption and knowledge of take-home naloxone.

The study is open to anyone aged 18 and over.
People with past experiences are also encouraged to participate.

The purpose of the study is to gather information about experiences after taking opioid medication and your knowledge of take-home naloxone (a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose). We are keen to hear from you even if you haven’t heard of take-home naloxone before. This research will help us develop an online information resource about take-home naloxone.

Participation involves a confidential audio recorded interview of about one hour, and you will be reimbursed $50 for your time.

The interviews will be conducted in a location of your choice.

For additional information, or to participate in the study, please contact Adrian Farrugia on 03 9079 2205 / 0467 633 751 or at: [email protected]

Further information can be found on the flyer located here or on the website here.


A New Study for Sciatica

If you have pain that radiates from your lower back down into your leg, you may have sciatica, a painful condition that affects millions of Australians each year. The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging disc in the lower spine, and the pain can be quite severe.

If you’re struggling with sciatica pain, you may qualify for the SALIENT Clinical Study, now being offered at select centres in Australia. The study is for an investigational, non-opioid single injection designed to relieve sciatica pain. Participants in the SALIENT study will receive care from a specialist pain doctor, and do not require a referral.

Read more: A New Study for Sciatica

Pain Coping Study

Do you have pain? Have you tried everything?

We want to hear from you.

What’s in it for you? We are comparing two psychological methods for coping with chronic pain and are looking for volunteers to test these brief approaches.

What to expect? An initial 45 minute session during which you will complete some questionnaires about your pain. Then, you will be randomly assigned to either one of the two approaches for coping with pain and asked to practice this approach over a two week period, or you will simply complete online

You will then be asked to attend a second meeting to review your progress after two weeks and also to complete online questionnaires after 1 month, 3 months and 6 months.

Where? UTS GSH Clinical Psychology (CB07.02.010)

Who can be involved? Anyone over 18 with chronic pain (more than 3 months) able to read and write English fluently.

How to be involved? To participate please contact Alice Shires by email at [email protected]

A flyer can be found here and further study information can be found on the UTS website here.

[Updated] Phantom Limb Pain Research - University of Nottingham

Experiencing phantom limb pain?

We would like to explore whether participating in an online support group could help individuals living with phantom limb pain better manage their condition, to reduce pain or better wellbeing.

The background for us undertaking this study, is that less than 10% of people diagnosed with phantom limb pain experience lasting pain relief following treatment. Which can have severe negative effects on one’s health. We are exploring alternative avenues to help the remaining 90% manage their phantom limb pain. We are therefore undertaking the current study in hopes of better informing future research and medical practice.

Read more: [Updated] Phantom Limb Pain Research - University of Nottingham

Curtin University metacognition study

What do you think when you’re in pain?

Researchers at Curtin University are looking for volunteers to complete an anonymous online survey. They are exploring the beliefs (called metacognitions) that might guide our thinking processes when we’re in pain. Participants go in a draw to win an iPad!

The researcher are looking for people with current muscle or joint pain (e.g. neck, back, shoulder, knee pain) or have an ongoing chronic pain condition (e.g. fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, arthritis).

If you are willing to participate and meet the inclusion criteria, you will complete several questionnaires through the link below about different aspects of your pain experience. This should take 20-40 minutes.

This study has ethical approval from WA Department of Health (South Metropolitan Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee, approval 14/79) and Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (approval HR23/2015).

To find out more, contact the researchers or access the Participant Information Sheet here. To participate, go to

Risk Perceptions About Driving and Medications Study - UTAS

Risk Perceptions About Driving and Medications in People With Chronic Non-cancer Pain

Researchers from UTAS are running a new study to explore whether chronic pain or related medications have an impact on risk perceptions about driving and driving-related behaviours.

Read more: Risk Perceptions About Driving and Medications Study - UTAS

Research & clinical trials

Clinical trials are a form of medical research which investigate or trial better ways to manage a particular disease. The purpose of a clinical trial is to evaluate new approaches to learn how people respond to the intervention and/or what adverse effects might occur as a result. Clinical trials are an important element of evidence-based medicine. APMA strongly supports evidence-based policies, practices and treatments, to ensure safe, timely, and effective management of ill-health, including chronic pain. An important element of evidence-based medicine is well-designed and evaluated clinical trials.

The understanding of, and treatment options for the wide range of pain conditions has expanded considerably in recent times. Clinical trials have played an important role in helping to expand knowledge of the management of pain. 

Publicising trials

From time to time APMA specifically endorses and agrees to assist in recruiting patients to a particular clinical trial or study. There is a modest charge to cover our administrative expenses associated with this assistance. This charge is applied to NHMRC and ARC-funded research as well as commercial trials. In some cases the charge may be reduced or waived to assist post-graduate or similar research. Details of research currently listed with APMA are here. If you are interested in publicising a study about persistent pain or pain as a symptom of another condition, please contact [email protected]

One source of information about clinical trials being undertaken in Australia and New Zealand is the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR), which can be accessed through This website includes trials from the full range of theurapeutic areas of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, preventative measures, devices, treatments and rehabilitation strategies and complementary therapies. It is a one-stop shop for all clinical trials, and all clinical trial results – including those with adverse or negative findings – are reported. The website also includes eLeaning modules that provide n overview of teh nature and importance of the clinical trials environment and approval process in Australia.


The Australian Pain Management Association Ltd. (APMA) is a health promotion charity providing advocacy, information and practical support for people living with chronic (persistent) pain and their families. APMA is the consumer health organisation for all Australians who live with pain. APMA is your voice.


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