Do you have Low Back Pain? Earn a free fitbit!

Volunteers aged 18-50 who have low back pain are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep experiencing back pain after suffering an initial episode of low back pain. The study consists of monitoring daily variation in pain, sleep and body movement for 28 consecutive days.

Participation will involve keeping a daily diary through a smartphone app and wearing 2 small devices, one on the thigh and one on the trunk. The devices are sealed with waterproof material, so they can be worn in the shower. At the start and end of the study participants will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires. For successful completing of the study the participants will receive a Fitbit activity and sleep wristband.

Please contact: Esther Smits by email:

Or, complete the following online screening questionnaire to find out whether you are eligible:

Do you have pain around the knee?

We are looking for people who are between 18 to 40 years old and have pain at the front of the knee, especially when walking, jogging , squatting or going up and down stairs or hills.

If you have pain at the front of your knee and meet all selection criteria we will invite you to undergo one of the two treatments that have been shown to improve kneecap pain. One of the treatments will be exercises for your hip muscles and the other treatment is foot orthoses.

This will involve up to 6 weeks of physiotherapy sessions and reporting your outcomes to the researchers over a 3 month period.

For more information, please email the Sports Injury, Prevention and Rehabilitation for Health Research Unit at


Do you have pain over the outer side of your elbow?

 We are currently seeking volunteers aged 18 and over who have tennis elbow (pain over the outer side of the elbow) to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in people with tennis elbow.

Elbow pain

Testing would take place at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Parking will be provided and participants will receive a Coles Myers Gift Card upon completion of testing.

For further information, please contact the Sports Injury, Rehabilitation and Prevention for Health research unit on: