Osteoarthritis is a highly prevalent disease which carries a huge economic burden. One in eight Australians suffer from osteoarthritis and two-thirds affected are of working age leading to premature retirement.

The osteoarthritis theme is led by Professor David Hunter. His research is focused on numerous elements of OA including the epidemiology of osteoarthritis, imaging in osteoarthritis, clinical trials, novel therapies in disease management and health services research for chronic disease management.


To view clinical trials that are currently recruiting, please click here.

  • Biomarkers in OA
  • Knee force project – investigating occupations with excessive knee joint force
  • PATHway – participatory health through behavioural engagement and disruptive digital technology for post-operative rehabilitation
  • PARTNER – optimising primary care management of knee osteoarthritis
  • Excellence study – This study looks at the safety of a new injectable investigational medication and how effective it may be in treating the pain, inflammation and mobility symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee.



Online programs

General osteoarthritis management
  • My Joint Pain – A free online portal designed by Arthritis Australia to promote pain relief strategies and provide in-depth information for a more active and pain-free life.
Weight management
Sleep and mood
  • ThisWayUp – Sleep – practical online courses are designed to help people identify, understand, and improve sleep
  • ThisWayUp – Mood – Practical online courses are designed to help people identify, understand, and improve psychological difficulties.
  • Sleepio – an evidence-base digital sleep improvement program, created by a sleep expert.
Pain-coping skills
  • PainTrainer – an interactive, online program based on scientific research that teaches you effective strategies to manage your pain.

Educational materials

Osteoarthritis education
Pain education

Support services and consumer organisations

  • Arthritis Australia – arthritis information, patient resources, support services
  • Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW – charitable and membership-based organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of those affected by arthritis, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
  • MindSpot Clinic – registered mental health professionals who are passionate about providing a free and effective service to people all over Australia.
  • Beyond Blue – provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
  • Get Healthy NSW – free NSW health service that provides telephone coaching and motivation over six months to reach own healthy lifestyle goals including healthy eating, exercise, healthy weigh and alcohol reduction.
  • Heart Foundation – walking community groups , exercise resources, recipes.

Our people

Post doctoral fellows
Research manager
  • Mrs Varshini Ravi
Project manager
Professional staff
  • Ms Sarah Capistrano
  • Ms Vicky Duong
  • Ms Tanya Fedorova
  • Ms Karen Schuck
  • Ms Sonika Virk
PhD students
  • Ms Vicky Duong
  • Dr Kai Fu
  • Dr Xiaoqian Liu
  • Dr Nicholas Murphy
  • Dr Win Min Oo
  • Dr Shirley Yu

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