The Centre for Pain, Health and Lifestyle (CPHL) is a research partnership acting to improve musculoskeletal health and associated poor health across the lifespan through greater integration of clinical and population health services. It is equally committed to prevention and health promotion as it is to manage established disease.

The centre takes a whole person approach based on the premise that there may be utility in developing care packages for common clusters of chronic diseases. For example, improving musculoskeletal health can improve other co-morbid health problems (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory disease); and likewise better management of common comorbidities (e.g., overweight and obesity, sleep disturbance, mental health problems) can improve musculoskeletal health.

Our approach moves away from existing siloed practice where individual health states or diseases are considered discretely and managed by separate medical specialties. Our approach aligns with national and state government health services priorities to provide integrative health care.

Our function and strategy are guided by an international advisory group of prominent leaders in research, health policy, and health service delivery.

Our Aim

The aim of the Centre for Pain, Health and Lifestyle is to generate evidence about the causes, impact and management of musculoskeletal conditions in the context of overall health, and provide support for the delivery of more effective clinical and preventative health services. We also aim to increase community knowledge regarding pain prevention, management, and link to lifestyle behaviors.

Research lines

  • Understanding pain and health – to understand the role of pain in; overall health, the outlook for health, and the development of health behavioral risks (e.g. inactivity, overweight/obesity, and substance use) and chronic disease.
  • Musculoskeletal health across the lifespan – to develop and evaluate prevention strategies, with population-wide focus, to reduce the broader impact of musculoskeletal conditions and associated health problems.
  • Managing pain and health – to investigate how best to manage pain and associated health risks, and support the overall health of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Working with health systems and policy – to solve problems, which exist within health systems and health policy with particular reference to musculoskeletal problems and associated health risks or chronic diseases.