A/Prof James McAuley


Research Fellow and Group Leader, NeuRA Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW
Honorary Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

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A/Prof McAuley is a Research Fellow and group leader of the McAuley Pain Group at NeuRA. He has been researching low back pain for 12 years, since he obtained his PhD from Brunel University UK in 2002. After immigrating to Australia in 2004 he took up a post doc at the University of Sydney with Profs Chris Maher and Kathryn Refshauge and then at the George Institute for Global Health. In 2010 he jointed Prof Moseley at NeuRA and was appointed group leader in 2014.

Projects A/Prof James McAuley is currently involved with


AGReMA Project

Developing a Guideline for Reporting Mediation Analyses (AGReMA) in randomized trials and observational studies.


AGReMA Project


For people with back pain who are having trouble with their sleep. We are testing whether a simple sleep tablet will help people reduce their pain and sleep better.




For people with a new low back pain episode. We are testing early intervention to reduce the risk of developing chronic low back pain.





An embedded randomised controlled trial of a Teaser Campaign to optimise recruitment in primary care.

Lee H, Hübscher M, Moseley GL, Kamper SJ, Traeger AC, Skinner IW, Williams CM, McAuley JH

A Teaser Campaign using a series of branded promotional postcards did not improve clinic engagement for a randomised controlled trial in primary care.

What you wear does not affect the credibility of your treatment: A blinded randomized controlled study.

Traeger AC, Skinner IW, Hübscher M, Henschke N, Moseley GL, McAuley JH

Professional appearance is easily modifiable, and might alter the effects of a clinical encounter. We aimed to determine whether professional attire influences a patient's perception of treatment credibility. In a trial setting, whether or not a clinician is formally dressed has no effect on perceptions of treatment credibility in patients with acute low back pain.

A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of patient education for acute low back pain (PREVENT Trial): statistical analysis plan.

Traeger AC, Skinner IW, Hübscher M, Lee H, Moseley GL, Nicholas MK, Henschke N, Refshauge KM, Blyth FM, Main CJ, Hush JM, Pearce G, Lo S, McAuley JH

Making public the pre-specified statistical analysis plan for the PREVENT trial minimizes the potential for bias in the analysis of trial data, and in the interpretation and reporting of trial results.

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