A new RECOVER study led by Professor Michele Sterling and colleagues from universities in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia is investigating innovative, streamlined treatment pathways provided in primary and specialist care to advance understanding of recovery from musculoskeletal conditions.

The study runs for 12 months and participants are required to complete an online questionnaire at the start, followed by further questionnaires at 3, 6 and 12 months after the initial assessment. 

Participants will be allocated to one of two assessment groups; one group will be treated by their usual doctor or health professional as required, the other group will be given treatment based on their responses to the questionnaires, with care provided by their primary care provider and/or a specialist provider.

Participant benefits:

Participants will receive two $25 vouchers - one after the 3-month questionnaire, and another after the 12-month questionnaire.


  • Have sought health care within the last 4 weeks
  • Neck pain or whiplash (>18 years old)
  • Non-specific low back pain (>18 years old)
  • Knee osteoarthritis (>45 years old) and have not undergone or scheduled for joint replacement surgery
  • No confirmed fractures or dislocations at the time of the injury

Register your interest:

Interested participants are invited to complete an online pre-screening questionnaire.

People wanting to learn more about the study can contact:

Ms Sarah Robins
Research Assistant
+61 7 3346 4812 or 0436 391 158

Link to the stand-alone study page

Link to the RECOVER research page.

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2019000700/2018/926]