The aim of this study is to understand more from young people, aged 16-24, about your experience with musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal means muscles and joints, and other soft tissues for example low back pain, neck pain, knee or shoulder pain or fibromyalgia or arthritis. We are interested in learning more about your experience with pain and how this affects your life. We also want to better understand how pain affects your feelings, emotions and general mental well being as well as your ability to live a full life and achieve your goals. We want to know about what type of health service would help you better manage your pain and general well being with a focus on digital platforms.

For further information about this study download a participant information flier.

Who can participate in the study?

To be eligible to participate in the study, participants must be:

  • aged between 16-24 years
  • currently experiencing pain

What’s involved?

  • completing an online questionnaire for approximately 12-15 minutes
  • some of these people will also be interviewed for ~45 minutes either over the phone, face to face or within a focus group local to you.
  • any travel costs will be covered by a gift voucher.

Closing date

Recruitment closes in March 2015.

Ethics and funding

This study has been approved by Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number PT013/2014) and is supported by Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA and Curtin University.

Contact information

To express your interest in participating in this study please contact:

Associate Professor Helen Slater
Senior Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University
GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845
Tel: + 61 8 9266 3099
Email: h.slater@curtin.edu.au