Studies Seeking Community Participation

The scope of Menzies research is broad, and not all of our work requires participation from volunteers. However the studies listed below are looking for participants now. Studies are carefully designed and therefore research participants sometimes need to meet specific criteria to be eligible.

Iodine Research

A student investigator at the University of Tasmania (Pharmacy and Menzies Institute) is conducting a survey of iodine knowledge of staff from all retail pharmacies (pharmacists, technicians, and assistants) in Tasmania, as part of their Master of Clinical Pharmacy work.

The survey will take 15 minutes to complete.

To find our more, please click on the link where you will find an Information Sheet and Consent Form, as well as contact details for the research team. If you’d like to participate, complete the Consent Form and a member of the research team will contact you, at a time you nominate, to do the survey over the phone.

All participants will go into a prize draw to win one of twenty $50 gift vouchers.

IMPORTANT: To get an accurate understanding of the current level of knowledge we ask that you please DO NOT undertake any activities to increase your level of knowledge about iodine prior to completing the survey, such as reading, Google-searches, or talking to colleagues etc. Your answers will be de-identified and will not be shared with your employer or colleagues.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact: Aaron Khan tkakhan@utas.edu.au; Dr Kristen Hynes (03) 6226 774 K.L.Hynes@utas.edu.au or Dr Corinne Mirkazemi (03) 6226 1083 Corinne.Mirkazemi@utas.edu.au

Iodine research

JOINT PAIN

METHODS: A randomised controlled trial of methotrexate to treat hand osteoarthritis with synovitis is seeking participants aged 40 -75 years with moderate to severe hand joint pain who are interested in taking part in a study that aims to reduce pain and swelling and slow joint damage in people with symptomatic hand osteoarthritis and synovitis. Contact: Kathy Buttigieg on 03 6226 6909 or Kathy.Buttigieg@utas.edu.au.
Click here for more information.

Knee pain? We are looking for people aged 45 years and older who have received a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee to take part in a short interview. The interview will focus on your perspective about the causes and progression of osteoarthritis. Your experience in the use of drug (pain relief medications) and non-drug management (like diet and exercise) of osteoarthritis. We would also like to hear your perspective on the role of health professionals in the management of osteoarthritis patients. Please contact:  Jen Makin on +61 3 6226 4267 or Jen.Makin@utas.edu.au

Parkrun for knee pain: We are seeking people aged 45 and over who are not currently very active but interested in taking part in a weekly walking group for 4 weeks. This is a short feasibility study to determine the use of parkrun as a strategy to promote physical activity in people with knee osteoarthritis. Contact Laura.Sutton@utas.edu.au or phone (03) 6226 5513.

DICKENS: A randomised controlled trial of diacerein to treat knee osteoarthritis with effusion-synovitis. We are seeking participants ages 45 – 64 with significant knee pain and localised swelling to participate in a 24 week trial to test the use of this anti-inflammatory to improve knee pain, reduce swelling and slow down the progression of knee osteoarthritis. Participants must be able to have a knee MRI and have access to email and web browsing. Contact: Kathy Buttigieg on 03 6226 6909 or Kathy.Buttigieg@utas.edu.au. Click here for more information.

Seeking GPs and orthopaedic surgeons for a short interview. The interview will focus on your perspective about the causes and progression of osteoarthritis. Your experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with osteoarthritis as well as your perspective on the role of other health professionals in the management of osteoarthritis patients. Please contact:  Jen Makin on +61 3 6226 4267 or Jen.Makin@utas.edu.au

CARDIOVASCULAR

STAREE: STAtins in Reducing Events in the Elderly investigating whether a statin can prolong good health and maintain independence among people aged 70 years and older. Contact: staree@monash.edu or 1800 770 664

QUARTET: A trial to assess the effectiveness and tolerability of ultra-low-dose quadruple combination therapy ('LDQT') in patients with hypertension. Contact: Helen.Steane@utas.edu.au or 6226-4803.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

PPMS: Primary Progressive MS Study into risk factors for the onset and rate of progression of Primary Progressive MS. Contact:   Alice Saul (03) 6226-4269 or ppms.study@utas.edu.au
www.menzies.utas.edu.au/PPMS

AMSLS: The Australian MS Longitudinal Study to provide data of practical use for improving the lives of Australians living with MS. Contact: Kirsty Hawkes (03) 6226-4739 or AMSLS.Info@utas.edu.au, www.msra.org.au/AMSLS

OTHER DISEASE AREAS

RELIANT study is part of a larger research project which aims to increase the rate of early diagnosis of liver cancer. First, we need to understand if and why people are – or are not – having regular liver health checks to allow us to develop a new approach to support regular screening for liver health. People who have been diagnosed with viral infections of the liver, including hepatitis B and C and/or liver cirrhosis, are invited to participate in this study and will be  asked to complete a confidential survey about their health and risk factors for developing liver cancer. To reach the survey go to: https://redcap.utas.edu.au/surveys/?s=J3TNAC9YED

Trips4Health:  The Trips4Health study aims to test the impact of incentives to increase bus use for physical activity gain. It is hoped that this study will help more Tasmanians reach these targets and lead healthier lives because of it. For more information call 6226 4290, email trips4health.study@utas.edu.au or go to Trips4Health homepage. You can find the screening survey at https://tinyurl.com/trips4health

Sedentary behaviour in primary care: We are seeking GPs to give their opinion on sedentary behaviour assessment and management in primary care. This will involve a choice of a 30-minute interview over the phone or in person at a time and place convenient for you. Contact: jen.makin@utas.edu.au or 6226 4267.

Standing Tall – Cognition and Gait: Randomised control trial involving a six-month home balance and cognitive training program is seeking people 60 years and over who have noticed decline in memory or thinking or have been diagnosed by a health professional with mild cognitive impairment. Must live within 50km of Hobart and not have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or dementia. Contact:  Standing.Tall@menzies.utas.edu.au or phone 03 6226 7766 and please leave contact details.  For the participant information sheet click here. For the consent  form click here.

Genetics of Eye Diseases for genetic studies in diabetic retinopathy (participants should have Type 2 Diabetes treated with medication for at least 5 years, or Type 1 Diabetes); keratconus (participants should have keratoconus diagnosed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist); and advanced glaucoma (participants should have any type of glaucoma with severe vision loss treated by an ophthalmologist). Contact: Jacqueline.Townley@utas.edu.au or (03) 62264731

AirRater is recruiting people in Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory with asthma, hay fever or other lung conditions, or carers of those with these conditions.  Contact: 1800 322 102 or air.rater@utas.edu.au

Girls in Action Sports (GASP)

Girls in Action Sports (GASP) is a study investigating why girls do and do not participate in action sports such as surfing, skateboarding and mountain biking. Girls do less physical activity than boys as they get older so finding ways to encourage girls to stay physically active is important. We want to talk to young people and adults about GASP.

For young people aged 12-14 years - information sheet (PDF 115.9KB) and consent form (PDF 82.6KB)

For young people aged 15-18 years – information sheet (PDF 114.8KB) and consent form (PDF 80.3KB)

For parents or carers - information sheet (PDF 83.1KB) and consent form (PDF 81.1KB)

For adults involved in surfing, skateboarding or mountain biking – information sheet (PDF 83.0KB) and consent form (PDF 81.1KB)

For more information and to enrol in the study contact Anita Oakley on (03) 6226 4676 or email gasp.study@utas.edu.au.

Researching the Effects of Holidaying in Tasmania on Visitors’ Emotional Wellbeing

The Tourism Wellbeing study is being conducted by researchers from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research (Menzies), School of Medicine and School of Social Sciences.

The purpose of the study is to understand the effects of tourism on emotional wellbeing. The Tourism Tracer smart-phone application will be used to collect information about where tourists travel to and survey how they feel prior to their trip, on each day of their trip and after returning home. The surveys will collect information about tourists’ experiences and their sense of wellbeing. Click here for more information