Co-designing pain services for people with SCI



Pain is a significant secondary complication after SCI. People with SCI frequently report that pain management health services are not meeting their needs.  This study aims to explore how people with SCI would like to receive pain services and how they could be best delivered. This information will be used to develop a pain service(s) that can be tested in a future intervention study.

This project is funded by CMRF.


This study will use qualitative methods to collect and analyse data.  We will conduct workshops within the Canterbury region to collect data from people with SCI. Thematic analysis will be used to explore the resources that people with SCI perceive help them to manage pain, and the attributes of services which participants would like to access to manage their pain.

Status of Research

Ethics approval complete.

Now recruiting – see here for more details!


Key Contact

Dr Jo Nunnerley,
Academy Director,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL)
Phone:  +64 3 383 6871
Mobile: +64 21 187 2651

Researchers and Collaborators

Dr Rachelle Martin,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL)
and RTRU University of Otago, Wellington.
Phone:  +64 3 383 6871
Mobile:  +64 21 223 3362

Dr Bronwyn Thompson,
Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine,
University of Otago, Christchurch.

Dr Jono Hackney,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL)
and Lived Experience Advisory Group.
Phone:  +64 3 383 6871

Te Ao Marama (Jodi) Apiata,
Māori Advisor,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL).
Phone:  +64 3 383 6871

Dana Dwyer,
PLEx Advisor,
The Burwood Academy Consultation (BAC) Network.