• 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.

  • Help to validate the “Engaged Living Scale”

    Kerryn Rowe is currently enrolled in a Master of Psychology (Clinical) program at the University of New England, Armidale. She is currently looking for participants for her Master’s research project.

    The aim of this study is to validate the “Engaged Living Scale” with Australians who experience chronic pain. The “Engaged Living Scale” is a questionnaire that measures a person’s awareness of their personal values, and the degree to which those values guide a person’s actions in everyday life.

    The Engaged Living Scale helps to guide the choice of treatment in the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Acceptance and commitment therapy is an effective evidence-based therapy for many problems, including chronic pain. The aim of ACT is to help people live life fully, guided by their core values, experiencing all facets of life mindfully, including painful thoughts, sensations and emotions. ACT teaches psychological skills, including mindfulness, to help reduce the impact and effect of painful thoughts, sensations and emotions.

    The online survey asks about your awareness of your values, and the degree to which you are about able to live your life according to your values, despite difficulties that may be due to your chronic pain.

    If you experience chronic pain and are over 18 years old, Kerryn would be grateful for your participation. It should take about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaires. If you would like to find about more about this research and potentially participate, please click through for further information.

    Feel free to share this link with anyone who may be interested in participating.


  • Oral medication trial - sciatica - Adelaide

    The PARC clinical unit associated with the Royal Adelaide Hospital has initiated a clinical study for a new oral medication taken at home to treat sciatica. If you have sciatica, live in the Adelaide area, and are interested in participating in this study or obtaining further information, please call PARC on 08 8222 2712.

    You can view a news report about the trial here



  • Griffith University study - why some people develop chronic pain

    Do you have pain which has developed in the last 12 months? VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO TAKE PART IN THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH.

    A research study being undertaken by Griffith University examining psychological, physical and social risk and protective factors which contribute to the development of persistent pain and/or the way individuals learn to cope with their pain is looking for volunteers to participate in this important research.

    The study aims to help health practitioners identify people who may be at risk of developing long-term persistent pain and associated complications such as disability (physical and social) and mental health issues. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire at three points in time. The first questionnaire should be completed now and then you will receive reminders to complete a second questionnaire in three months and then again in six months.

    The questionnaire covers a wide range of topics, including your diagnosis, pain levels, physical symptoms, your background and other related factors.

    The first questionnaire will take approximately half an hour to complete. You can complete the questionnaires online, on the telephone or via a questionnaire booklet. You can access the online questionnaire here.

    Please email [email protected] or telephone 0438 451053 to arrange alternative ways to complete the survey or for more information. Further information available pdfhere207.85 KB.


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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