Get Involved in Research

Across the country there are countless teams looking into new ways of diagnosing, treating and ultimately curing all different types of health conditions, including arthritis. 

Arthritis Queensland often receive requests to help promote research opportunities aimed at improving the care and treatment of those living with arthritis. Details of these can be found below. 

Current Research Studies

Please note, the research opportunities listed below are not run by Arthritis Queensland, so we are unable to answer enquiries about them. For enquiries, or to get involved, please refer to details in the linked websites. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diet & Rheumatoid Arthritis Study

 Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of South Australia are conducting this study which aims to explore the relationship between diet and the severity of clinical symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Australian adults.

 For more information on the study and to get involved, refer to the research flyer and visit the research survey link here.

Understanding who is at risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

                A number of risk factors have been identified for developing RA. These include a family history, smoking, overweight, poor nutrition and lack of exercise, mining and exposure to certain types of dust. Some people with early signs of joint pain or swelling progress to RA and others don’t.
Arthritis Queensland Chair of Rheumatology, Professor Ranjeny Thomas and The Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (or A3BC), are linking risk factors with changes in the immune system and symptoms over time. Find out more and participate here.

Psoriatic arthritis

Understanding falls risk associated with Psoriatic Arthritis

The study is being conducted because a recent survey of people with psoriatic arthritis found that almost 50% of them had experienced falls. Since falls may lead to injury, time off work and a reduction in confidence, this research aims to uncover specific features of psoriatic arthritis that may contribute to impaired balance.

For enquiries and to get involved, please contact Dr Justin Holland, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, QUT at


Can Medicinal Cannabis Help Fibromyalgia Sufferers?

Researchers at Southern Cross University and Griffith University are conducting a clinical trial to determine whether medicinal cannabis can reduce pain and other symptoms in people with fibromyalgia.

For more information on the trial, eligibility and how to get involved please read the clinical trial flyer here. 

Other arthritic conditions / non condition-specific

Non-Surgical Treatments for Thumb Arthritis

Do you have thumb arthritis? Are you considering hand therapy? This randomized clinical trial is investigating non-surgical treatments for thumb arthritis.
If you are interested or want more information, please contact the Brisbane Hand & Upper Limb Research Institute at

View research flyer here

Looking for more research opportunities?

In Australia, there are two key places you can contact to learn more about the clinical trials looking into arthritis, and all other health conditions.

If you are interested in becoming involved in a research study these places can also give you information on the relevant study and can connect you with the research teams: 

  • Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) The ANZCTR is an online registry of clinical trials being undertaken in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. The ANZTCR's search function allows you to search and find clinical trials involving arthritis. Once you find a relevant trial, you will be able to contact the person listed as the 'public contact' of the trial for more information.
  • Australian Clinical Trials  Australian Clinical Trials is run by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to provide information and resources about clinical trials and how you can get involved. 



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