Clinical Trials

Investigating Treatments for 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.

From the preliminary results of a previous study, we are investigating an improved transcranial magnetic stimulation protocol. The improvement is that there is some evidence that the newer treatment protocol may have more pronounced effects on the brain (and therefore greater clinical improvement) than standard rTMS and does not require much time commitment from the participant.

Further details and contact information can be found on the MAPrc flier.

The Cognitive Impacts of Opioid Therapy Study

The University of Tasmania is conducting an online survey of people who use prescription opioids to manage chronic pain, and the effects that such medications may have on other parts of life.

Read more: The Cognitive Impacts of Opioid Therapy 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.


Sleep and Back Pain Study

Do you have or know someone with back pain and trouble sleeping?

Join a six week online program to improve sleep quality and reduce back pain!

This study is open to twin and non-twin participants. Please see the corresponding Participant Information Form by clicking Read more.

Read more: Sleep and Back Pain Study

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.

UTS Chronic Pain Research

Do You Have Chronic Pain?

You are invited to take part in our research examining the relationship between chronic pain and eating behaviours.

A flyer for the research can be found here or go straight to the UTS Health website here for further information.

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

Cognitive Impacts of Opioid Therapy in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Patients

This survey is looking at pain, cognitive functioning (e.g. memory), and physical and mental health in people who are using prescription-only opioid medications to manage chronic, non-cancer pain (e.g. low back pain, arthritis).

The survey is online – it takes about 15 minutes to complete, and participants can enter the draw to win a $50 Coles Myer voucher at the end.

Participants need to be currently experiencing chronic non-cancer pain (so, 3 months or longer, and not pain that is related to cancer) AND be using prescription-only opioid medications. I’m mainly looking for participants within Australia, though the survey is open to anyone. It will be running until at least the middle of next year.

The survey is available at the University of Tasmania

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.

Fear of Pain and Coping Strategies Survey

 University of AdelaideWhat effect fear of pain and coping strategies have on chronic pain patients' wellbeing?

The University of Adelaide, researchers Dr Manasi Mittinty and Prof Lisa Jamieson would like to invite individuals who experience persistent pain (more than 6 months) to participate in an online survey study. This study aims at understanding the affect fear of pain and coping strategies have on patients' overall well-being. If you have persistent pain, and are aged 18 years and above, please participate. If you know someone with persistent pain, please pass this on. It will take about 20-25 minutes. We know your time is precious and we are grateful for it should you be able to help. Your help and support in promoting this survey by alerting people through your social media contacts is very much appreciated.

The survey link can be located here.


The Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (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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