Grants 2010-2012


Active farming: Improving farmers’ management of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions
Chief investigator: Dr Mark Newell
Institution: National Centre for Farmer Health, Western District Health Service
Year: 2011-2012

This project investigated the health status, treatment and out of pocket expenses of farming men and women in the management of their musculoskeletal conditions.

The association between socioeconomic status and utilisation of total knee joint replacement across Australia
Chief investigator: Dr Sharon L Brennan
Institution: NorthWest Academic Centre, The University of Melbourne
Year: 2012-2013

This project investigated if there were any differences in utilisation of knee joint replacements for people with osteoarthritis between different socioeconomic groups, and across gender and age groups.

An exploration of the community mobility difficulties experienced by people with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions
Chief investigator: Professor Carolyn Unsworth
Institution: Department of Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University
Year: 2012-2013

This project gathered information from consumers to evaluate the difficulties experienced by people with musculoskeletal conditions when driving and using public transport.

A novel patient-centred instrument for assessment of systemic lupus erythematosus
Chief investigator: Professor Eric Morand
Institution: Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Southern Clinical School, Monash University
Year: 2012-2013

This project used the knowledge and experience of Australian people living with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) to develop an Australian-relevant and patient-centred instrument to assess the state of their SLE.  While the disease state of SLE can be measured using clinician tools, they don’t necessarily capture all the information that is important to the patient.




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