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Low back pain is a massive health problem. For those who experience an acute episode, around 40% will develop disabling long-term or chronic low back pain.

Our 3 year (2013-2016) NHMRC funded PREVENT Study aims to prevent people with acute low back pain developing chronic low back pain.

As part of our PREVENT study, participants will meet with a pain clinician for an examination and two one-hour consultations to discuss their condition. This service is completely free. If you are interested to participate please contact the Prevent team.


Are you currently suffering an acute (less than 4 weeks) episode of low back pain?

You are invited to participate in our NHMRC research project – the PREVENT study – which aims to help people recover early from their low back pain.

To participate, you will meet with a pain clinician at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA),  Barker Street, Randwick 2031, or at a participating practice for an examination and two  one-hour consultations to discuss your condition. This service is completely free to you.

For further information please contact:

Dr Markus Huebscher
T 02 9399 1049
E prevent@neura.edu.au



Selected publications

1. Henschke N, Maher CG, Refshauge KM, Herbert RD, Cumming RG, Bleasel J, York J, Das A, McAuley JH. Prognosis in patients with recent onset low back pain in Australian primary care: inception cohort study. BMJ 2008;337:a171

2. Nicholas MK, Linton SJ, Watson PJ, Main CJ; “Decade of the Flags” Working Group. Early identification and management of psychological risk factors (“yellow flags”) in patients with low back pain: a reappraisal. Phys Ther. 2009;89(12):1275-86.

3. Macedo LG, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hodges PW, McAuley JH, Nicholas MK, Tonkin L, Stanton CJ, Stanton TR, Stafford R. Effect of motor control exercises versus graded activity in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 2012 Mar;92(3):363-77.

4. Wand BM, Parkitny L, O’Connell NE, Luomajoki H, McAuley JH, Thacker M, Moseley GL. Cortical changes in chronic low back pain: current state of the art and implications for clinical practice. Man Ther. 2011 Feb;16(1):15-20.

5. Parkitny L, McAuley JH, Walton D, Pena Costa LO, Refshauge KM, Wand BM, Di Pietro F, Moseley GL. Rasch analysis supports the use of the depression, anxiety, and stress scales to measure mood in groups but not in individuals with chronic low back pain. J Clin Epidemiol. 2012;65(2):189-98.

6. Hübscher M, Moloney N, Leaver A, Rebbeck T, McAuley JH, Refshauge KM. Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain-a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain. 201;154(9):1497-504.

7. Hübscher M, Moloney N, Rebbeck T, Traeger A, Refshauge KM. Contributions of Mood, Pain Catastrophizing and Cold Hyperalgesia in Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain – A Comparison With Pain-Free Controls. Clin J Pain. 2013 Oct 18. [Epub ahead of print]

8. Traeger A, McAuley JH. STarT Back Screening Tool. J Physiother. 2013;59(2):131.

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