Hon Mark Bailey Visit
8th December, 2016.
The Hon Mark Bailey, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply visited the Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries on the 8th of December 2016 to announce his Christmas Road Safety campaign and be briefed on the work conducted within the centre. Minister Bailey met with a clinical trial recipient who had benefited from our program at this event which was hosted by Prof Sheena Reilly, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) on level 8 of the Griffith Health Centre.
A Million Missed Opportunities a DAY&E: Incidence and Mechanisms of Chronic Pain and Stress-related Disorder Development after Trauma Exposure.
Dr Samuel McLean - University of North Carolina, USA.
2nd May, 2017
The overwhelming majority of individuals who present to the accident & emergency department for care after trauma exposure are discharged to home. Adverse neuropsychiatric sequelae such as chronic pain, posttraumatic stress, and post-concussive symptoms are common in this population and remain poorly understood. The purpose of this talk is to review recent evidence from large US A & E - based prospective studies regarding how these disorders develop and what can be done to prevent them.
Single-case Designs in Health Research: Striving for Level 1 Evidence
Prof Robyn Tate - The University of Sydney, Australia.
30th March, 2017
Single-case designs, as a research methodology, have had a chequered history, in both the behavioural sciences and the medical field (where they are more commonly known as N-of-1 trials). In part, this is due to confusion about what constitutes single-case methodology, as well as the poor standard of many studies reported in the literature. An overview of some possible designs within single case research will be illustrated with examples from clinical practice. More recently, the randomised N-of-1 trial has been classified as poroviding Level 1 evidence for treatment decision purposes. As other disciplines embrace single-case methodology as a complement to the traditional between-groups design, the challenge is to make high quality single-case research, from whatever field, the standard of practice. The present paper discusses the above issues and introduces a critical appraisal tol (The Risk of Bias in N-of-1 Trials Scale) that can be used as a practical guide for planning and conduction scientifically rigorous single-case research.
Cervical Spine Sensorimotor Control in Individuals with Idiopathic Neck Pain.
Rutger De Zoete - The University of Newcastle, Australia.
7th February 2017
Neck pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, and is responsible for significant social and economic burden, however, current approaches to clinical assessment and treatment can be ineffective. Sensorimotor control of the cervical spine - that is, the integration of afferent and efferent information pertaining to movement of the head on the neck - has emerged as a phenomenon of interest to both researchers and clinicians. Rutger will discuss the clinical measurement of cervical spine sensorimotor control for patients with neck pain, including the research comprising his PhD thesis and future projects.
What are the Opportunities and Challenges of Using N-of-1 Methods to Improve Health Outcomes? A Psychologist's Perspective.
Dr Suzanne McDonald - Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
14th December 2016
Health behaviors such as physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, dietary intake and medication adherence play a central role in health. Interventions which are effective in promoting healthy behaviors are fundamental for improving health outcomes. N-of-1 methods involve the repeated measurement of an individual over time to draw robust conclusions about the individual. N-of-1 methods are attracting attention as an innovative set of methods for studying and changing health-related behavior. This presentation will provide examples of the application of n-of-1 methods in the field of health psycho9logy and behavioral medicine and will highlight some of the key challenges and opportunities for using n-of-1 methods ion future research and practice.
The Role of Post-Traumatic Stress in the Context of (Chronic) Pain and Pain-Related Disability
Sophie Lykkegaard Ravn - University of Southern Denmark
9th October 2015
What does it mean for the clinical profile when post-traumatic stress is present among chronic pain patients and how does these factors interact over time in the development of chronic neck pain after a whiplash injury? - A brief talk on existing evidence and a presentation of some of our own results.
Claiming Behaviour in Injury Compensation
Dr Genevieve Grant - Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne
6th August 2015
In recent years there has been a growth in interest in the claiming experiences and health outcomes of people who claim compensation after injury.; Still, remarkably little is known about fundamental aspects of claiming behaviour.; Who claims?; Who doesn't?; How do injured people determine what action they should take?; In this session Genevieve will speak about current research investigating claiming behaviour in Australian injury compensation systems.
Quantifying Injury Following Motor Vehicle Collisions Making the Invisible, Visible
A/Professor Jim Elliott - Feinberg School of Medicine
20th July 2015
Integrated and global research efforts involving a diverse group of professionals has realised that the prediction of recovery following motor vehicle collisions involves a complex interplay between biological, psychological and environmental processes; Jim and his lab are working on new imaging based methods for making the mostly invisible experience of pain and disability more visible and meaningful at the level of the clinician. In this session, Jim will speak about emerging advancements in the clinical assessment of the patient with suspected head/neck trauma.
Whiplash - Just a Sprained Neck? The Need for a Psychological Trauma Perspective on Whiplash Associated Disorders
A/Professor Tonny Andersen - University of Southern Denmark
26th March 2015
Dr Scott Farrell 2016 Griffith University New Researcher Grant. Small fibre pathology in chronic whiplash associated disorder. $18,749
Dr Daniel Harvie 2016 Griffith University New Researcher Grant. The Chronic Pain Neuro Gym: Combining cutting-edge neuroscience and state-of-the-art technology to (un)train-pain. $13,500
Sterling M, Nikles J, Ritchie C, Keijzers G & Leou J. 2016 Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) Capacity Project. Preventing chronic pain after whiplash injury. $69,368
Professor Michele Sterling 2016 Griffith University International Workshop Award. Non-hospitalised road traffic injuries: Improving health outcomes. $10,000
Dr Daniel Harvie, Dr Angelo Basteris, Dr Mark Catley 2016. Arthritis Australia Grant in aid: The UCB Grant in aid & Zimmer Australia Grant funded by UCB Australia Pty Ltd & Zimmer Australia. Sensory training for persistent pain (to create and test an interactive sensory re-training device for application in treating persistent pain). $15,000
Professor Michele Sterling 2015-2019. National Health & Medical Research Council Grant (NHMRC) - Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in recovery following road traffic injuries $2,465,848
Kendall, E., Maujean, A., Stewart, B., Barber, M., Downes, J. and Macfarlane K. 2015. ARC Linkage Grant. Farming 4 Care: Using nature to cultivate resilience in young people. $188,028
Dr Annick Maujean 2015. PSHRP Ad-Hoc Seeding Grant $5000
Sterling M, Kenardy J. 2014-2017. Trauma-focused CBT & exercise for chronic whiplash: addressing all aspects of a chronic condition. NHMRC Project Grant 1059310 $600,000
Sterling, M. Kenardy, J, Smeets, R. 2014-2016. Physiotherapist led stress inoculation intervention integrated with exercise for acude whiplash injury. NHMRC Project Grant 1069443 $435,000
Dr Annick Maujean 2015. PSHRP Early Career Researcher Grant $3000
Sterling, M, Rebbeck T, Willcok S, Mitchell G, Refshauge K, Cameron I, Kenardy J, Connelly L. 2014-2017. Clinical Pathways of Care for whiplash Injury. NHMRC Parternship Grant 1075736. $600,000
Dr Daniel Harvie 2015. Physiotherapy Research Foundation Grant Un-training the brain: Extinguishing learned pain responses through pain-free, illusory movement. $10,000
Kelly J. The Australian Pain Society PhD Student Travel Grant February 2017.
Dr Daniel Harvie - Best Oral Presentation at the 2016 Gold Coast Health & Medical Research Conference, QT Gold Coast 1-2 December 2016. Could chronic pain be learned? Insights and implications.
Dr Scott Farrell - First Place for Outstanding Poster at SMRT ANZ Chapter 11th Annual Meeting of Society of MRI Radiographers and Technologists Australia and New Zealand Local Chapter, Brisbane November 2016
Dr Daniel Harvie - 2016 iAWARDS South Australia - Research & Development Project of the Year - MoOVi: A Virtual Reality Tool for Chronic Pain, University of South Australia.
Professor Michele Sterling has been elected to the IASP Leadership Council for a six year term from June 2016. The IASP is the leading world body for the study and management of pain.
Dr Daniel Harvie - 2015 iAWARDS South Australia - Research & Development Merit Award - The Motion Simulation System, University of South Australia.
Dr Ashley Pedler - Australian Physiotherapy Association 2015 Conference Best Student Presentation from the Musculoskeletal Group.