Volunteer Opportunities at CHESM

CHESM is committed to improving the wellbeing of all people through musculoskeletal research. By participating in a research study, you are helping researchers improve existing treatments and find new approaches which could benefit someone close to you and the community at large.

Available studies

Project NameDescriptionParticipants More info

Footwear for Osteoarthritis of
the Lateral Knee (FOLK)

This research study is comparing the effects of two types of readily available off-the shelf walking shoes on knee osteoarthritis symptoms in people with osteoarthritis in the outer (lateral) compartment of the knee joint. Knee osteoarthritisWebsite
Footwear for self-managing knee osteoarthritis symptoms (FOOTSTEP)We are conducting a research study to compare two classes of readily available off-the-shelf shoes on knee osteoarthritis symptoms. To do this, we will allocate people via a random process into two different groups. Participants in each group will be provided with 2 pairs of different shoes to wear daily for 6 months.Knee osteoarthritisWebsite
My Knee Exercise

My Knee Exercise is a randomised controlled trial investigating the use of digital resources to help people self-manage their knee osteoarthritis using exercise. This study will recruit 206 people with a clinical diagnosis of knee OA from the Australian community, who will be randomly allocated into two groups.

Knee osteoarthritisWebsite

What motivates people with osteoarthritis to be physically active?

The aim of this study is to learn more about how people who have osteoarthritis are motivated to be physically active. To do this, we are seeking people with knee osteoarthritis to participate in a one-week online study that includes response-time and self-report measures. In the future, we hope that the findings from this study can help us create a program that improves physical activity levels for this population.

Knee osteoarthritisWebsite
Knee bracing and footwear for medial knee osteoarthritisThis study is investigating the effect of wearing an Ossur Unloader One knee brace for 8 weeks on knee joint forces in people with inner (medial) knee osteoarthritis. We are also evaluating the short term effect of wearing two different types of footwear on knee joint forces.Knee osteoarthritisWebsite

Exercise for people with hip osteoarthritis (PHOENIX)

This study is comparing the effects of two different 9-month exercise programs on of hip osteoarthritis symptoms. To do this, we will allocate people via random process into two different exercise groups. Participants in each group will receive nine individual physiotherapist consultations and a home exercise program.

Hip osteoarthritisWebsite

Other studies

Project NameDescriptionParticipants More info

Comparison of neuromuscular and quadriceps strengthening exercise for knee osteoarthritis targeting high risk physical characteristics (TARGET)

This project will specifically compare the effects of two different physiotherapy delivered exercise programs for individuals suffering with painful knee osteoarthritis.Knee osteoarthritisWebsite
Better Knee Better MeThe aim of this study is to compare the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of a remotely- deliveredi ntervention targeting exercise and self-management (Exercise intervention), with the same intervention plus active weight management (Exercise and weight management intervention), and with an information-only control group for overweight and obese people with knee OA.Knee osteoarthritisWebsite

platelet-Rich plasma as a symptom- and disEaSe-modifying Treatment fOR knee ostEoarthritis (RESTORE)

This novel study will provide high-quality evidence to ascertain whether or not platelet-rich plasma is beneficial for treating knee OA and will inform clinical guidelines.Knee osteoarthritisWebsite

Telephone-delivered support and advice for people with knee osteoarthritis (TELECARE)

Telecare is a randomised trial that will compare two different forms of telephone-delivered support and advice for people with painful knee osteoarthritis to find out which one works best for managing arthritis symptoms, and why.

Knee osteoarthritisWebsite

Canes for Knee Pain: impact of Cane Use in people with medial knee osteoArthritis (CUBA)

This study aims to evaluate the effect of daily cane use on knee joint structure as well as knee pain and function in people with knee osteoarthritis.Knee osteoarthritisWebsite
Treatment foot pain and osteoarthritis

This study will evaluate different treatments for foot osteoarthritis, and examine their effects on foot pain and physical function.

Foot osteoarthritis Website

Internet-based Hip Osteoarthritis Pain Exacerbation Study (iHOAP)

This study is designed to identify risk factors for hip pain in those with hip osteoarthritis via a series of web-based surveys.

Hip osteoarthritisWebsite

Adherence to home exercises in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (MORE)

This project involves attending 7 sessions with a physiotherapist at the University of Melbourne to teach and progress knee strengthening exercises, measure knee pain, function and muscle strength.Persistent knee painWebsite

The ABC-Foot Survey

This study will describe podiatrists’ and physiotherapists’ current management of people with foot osteoarthritis within Australia and the United Kingdom, and will explore their views and experiences concerning their role in treating this patient group.

Podiatrists and PhysiotherapistsWebsite

Influence of athletic footwear on lower limb biomechanics of pubertal girls

This project aims to determine whether athletic footwear with appropriate design features can help improve neuromuscular control and, in doing so, reduce the potentially deleterious forces on the knee and lower limb structures of pubertal girls. Healthy young girls Website

Internet-mediated physiotherapy and pain coping skills training for people with persistent knee pain (IMPACT)

This study evaluated whether a physiotherapy-guided home exercise program, delivered via the internet, combined with an online pain coping skills training program is more effective in improving pain and function than an on-line provision of educational material.

Knee osteoarthritis Website

Effects of adding an internet-based pain coping skills training protocol to a standardised education and exercise program for people with persistent hip pain (HOPE)

The objective is to see if the addition of pain coping skills training to physiotherapy exercise for people with hip osteoarthritis has superior benefits for pain on walking and physical function. Hip osteoarthritis Website

Modified SHoes for osteoARthritis of the Knee (SHARK)

Researchers at CHESM helped develop a modified shoe to help people who have knee joint osteoarthritis.

Knee osteoarthritis Website

Optimising primary care management of knee osteoarthritis (PARTNER)

The objective of PARTNER is to develop and evaluate a model of care for primary care management of hp and knee osteoarthritis that supports both General Practitioners and patients to uptake the key osteoarthritis clinical guideline recommendations and achieve improvements in pain and function. GPs Website

Full Randomised Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Hip Impingement versus Best CoNservative Care (FASHIoN)

This randomised controlled trial aims to compare the clinical and cost effectiveness of hip arthroscopy with Personalised Hip Therapy for patients with symptomatic FAI up to 12 months after treatment. Femoroacetabular impingement Website

Patient AdhereNce To Home Exercise pRograms (PANTHER)

The aim of this randomised controlled trial is to evaluate whether the addition of a web-based system, Physitrack, to usual physiotherapy treatment improves patient adherence levels to exercises compared to the usual non web-based methods physiotherapists use to deliver exercise programs to people with musculoskeletal conditions. Various conditions Website

LatErAl hiP pain Study (LEAP)

The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of three possible approaches to treating long standing lateral hip pain: (a) a single cortisone injection, (b) an eight-week physiotherapy exercise program and (c) adopting a wait and see approach. Gluteal tendinopathy Website