Musculoskeletal Australia is committed to supporting consumer focused research which involves consumers as research partners.  We believe that the experience and knowledge of consumers regarding what it’s like to live with a chronic condition and the overall physical, emotional, psychological and social impact is invaluable to developing research which is meaningful to those living with these condition and the health professionals that care for them.

We support consumer focused research in the following ways

  • Collaborating as a consumer partner on projects as either an associate investigator or as a member of an advisory committee
  • Helping researchers find consumer partners for their research projects
  • Promoting research studies through our networks, social media channels, e- newsletter and website, particularly those looking to recruit participants.

We fund research in the following areas

  • Strategies to assist consumers to self-manage their condition and improve their skills in navigating the health system
    Research which looks at improving the ability of consumers to seek, understand and use health information related to their MSK health, and adopt positive lifestyle behaviours to minimise risk of developing MSK health conditions or minimise deterioration in existing conditions.
  • Helping people with MSK conditions to manage at work
    Developing and evaluating initiatives to assist working Australians who live with MSK conditions to remain productive at work, focusing on individual and work factors, and raising awareness of MSK health conditions among working Australians.
  • The use of technology to help people manage their condition
    Research investigating the use of technologies such as social media, m-health and e-health to deliver information or services to people with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • The delivery of best practice care for people with MSK conditions
    Research which looks at how to assist health professionals to deliver best practice care for people with MSK conditions.
  • Implementation and evaluation health services or models of care for improving MSK health
    The purpose of this priority area is to put into practice and then evaluate evidence-based health service models or models of care for improving MSK health.
  • Economic evaluations for programs or service models that address MSK health
    Research looking at economic evaluations of services or initiatives targeted at consumers or health professionals to improve health outcomes for consumers with MSK health conditions.

We support emerging researchers through our PhD scholarship scheme

We offer PhD scholarships for applicants who intend to pursue research in key research areas listed above. The objectives of the grants are:

  • to support researchers in producing high quality evidence to help individuals with or at risk of developing a musculoskeletal condition(s), and
  • to translate existing or new evidence in musculoskeletal research into practice.

Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process based on merit of the individual, and administered through an Australian university.

The research may be undertaken in a hospital, research institute, relevant industry clinic or university provided it meets the Musculoskeletal Australia requirements for a suitable research environment.

Applications for 2018 coming soon

For more info

If you’d like any further information regarding our research program please contact:
Ornella Clavisi
General Manager – Consumer Services
P. (03) 8531 8006  M. 0423 953478

Musculoskeletal Australia (or MSK) is the consumer organisation working with, and advocating on behalf of, people with arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, gout and over 150 other musculoskeletal conditions.

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