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Australian Government boost for rural back pain sufferers

The Australian Government has announced funding research to better equip Australia’s primary health care system to support patients, especially those with chronic and ongoing health conditions, and we’re delighted that $1.985m of the funding will support a UCRH-led project.
Associate Professor Christopher Williams and his team have been awarded the grant through the Medical Research Future Fund’s Primary Health Care Research Initiative for the work they are doing around back pain.

Their project is working toward building capacity and safe access to integrated primary care support options for people living in rural areas with chronic back pain and healthy lifestyle risks. The research will test if a co-designed adaptation of an effective lifestyle program can be scaled in rural primary care to
support populations with lifestyle risks and disability from low back pain.

In announcing the funding, the Government made note that back pain causes huge suffering and often coincides with lifestyle risks for chronic disease and that many people don’t get care to manage both, especially in rural regions.

Read more about the work being done through Associate Professor Williams’ research project here.