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Hayley Leake


Doctoral Candidate Research Assistant

Hayley Leake is a research assistant and a member of the pain research group headed by Dr James McAuley, and the Centre for Pain IMPACT at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). She is also a Doctoral Candidate at the University of South Australia (UniSA) under the supervision of Professor Lorimer Moseley. Her doctoral research centres around the development of pain education interventions for adolescents with chronic pain. Hayley’s research includes a systematic review exploring mechanisms of treatments for paediatric pain; a Delphi-survey for consensus on learning objectives of adolescent pain science education; and a mixture of qualitative studies exploring how youth and their parents understand pain. Hayley’s research has been presented at national (Australian Pain Society) and international conferences (International Symposium on Pediatric Pain).

Hayley is a physiotherapist, with a clinical career in both public and private settings in Australia. She also holds a casual academic position at the University of New South Wales, within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and is involved in the teaching and evaluating of undergraduate students.

Projects Hayley Leake is currently involved with


Medicines for Back Pain

Medicines are a common treatment for back pain. The aim of this program of research is to improve our understanding of the clinical effects of medicines. Several studies constitute this program. 
1. A scoping review of analgesic medicines for chronic low back pain
The objective of this study is to identify the available clinical trials of medicines for chronic low back pain.  
This information will contribute to the methodology of Study 3. 
2. Evaluation of the impact of unpublished data from clinical trial registries on the effects of medicines for low back pain. 
The objective of this study is to evaluate whether there is a difference between clinical trial data that are published and those that are not published. 
This information will contribute to the methodology of Study 3. 
3. Paracetamol, NSAIDs and opioid analgesics for chronic low back pain: a network meta-analysis. 
The objective of this study is to produce information about the clinical effects of available analgesic medicines for chronic low back pain. This information will be available in a Cochrane review to assist clinical prescription of medicines.
Related Publications: 
Bagg MK et al. (2018). Paracetamol, NSAIDS and opioid analgesics for chronic low back pain: a network meta-analysis [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 6.doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013045


Medicines for Back Pain

RESOLVE Trial for Chronic Low Back Pain

For people with long term back pain that is not getting better. We are testing two pain treatment programs that target the brain, for people with chronic low back pain.


RESOLVE Trial for Chronic Low Back Pain


Implicit motor imagery performance is impaired in people with chronic, but not acute, neck pain.

Wallwork SB, Leake HB, Peek AL, Moseley GL, Stanton TR

There is evidence of impaired implicit motor imagery performance in people with chronic neck pain, which may suggest disruptions to proprioceptive representation of the neck. These disruptions seem specific to the neck (performance on hand images intact) but non-specific to the exact location of neck pain.

Pain neuroscience education on YouTube.

Heathcote LC, Pate JW, Park AL, Leake HB, Moseley GL, Kronman CA, Fischer M, Timmers I, Simons LE

The Internet in general, and YouTube in particular, is now one of the most popular sources of health-related information. Pain neuroscience education has become a primary tool for managing persistent pain, based in part on the discovery that information about pain can change pain. Our objective was to examine the availability, characteristics, and content of YouTube videos that address the neuroscience of pain.

Reliability and validity of a mobile tablet for assessing left/right judgements.

Williams LJ, Braithwaite FA, Leake HB, McDonnell MN, Peto DK, Lorimer Moseley G, Hillier SL

To evaluate the concurrent validity and test-retest reliability of a mobile tablet for assessing LRJ. The mobile tablet demonstrated good to excellent concurrent validity with the desktop computer in two separate samples. The mobile tablet also demonstrated good to excellent test-retest reliability. The mobile tablet for LRJ is a valid alternative to the original desktop version.

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