Inquiring + Progressive


Niamh and Martin have nearly 100 published research papers, and have presented their findings at conferences worldwide.

Dr Niamh Moloney and Dr Martin Rabey are researchers at THRIVE in Guernsey, who are passionate about clinically-guided research that improves outcomes for people in pain. They know the importance of international, multidisciplinary collaborations, and welcome enquiries from fellow researchers.

Niamh is an Honorary Research Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney. As well as her own research, she is supervising a number of postgraduate and doctoral research projects. View Niamh’s research profile.


As well as his own research, Martin is involved in postgraduate research supervision at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. View Martin’s research profile.

The Guernsey Pain Survey

Approximately 1200 local volunteers recently answered an online questionnaire: The Guernsey Pain Survey.

This research is being carried out by:

Dr Martin Rabey, THRIVE Physiotherapy, Guernsey + Curtin University, Australia

Dr Niamh Moloney, THRIVE Physiotherapy, Guernsey + Macquarie University, Australia

Dr Clair Hebron, University of Brighton, UK

Prof. Helen Slater, Curtin University, Australia

Prof. Lorimer Moseley, University of South Australia + Neuroscience Research Australia

This research specifically focused on Musculoskeletal Pain i.e. pain we feel in our muscles, tendons, joints and nerves. This research will be valuable in designing future treatments for pain.


We aim to publish our results in 2022. To keep updated "like" the Guernsey Pain Survey Facebook page.


Current Research Projects


An examination of the reliability of the Elgueta-Cancino clinical test of lumbo-pelvic control.


Dr Martin Rabey, Dr Niamh Moloney, Matthew Bagg, Dr Ian Skinner (Neuroscience Research Australia), Martin Lock (Guernsey Therapy Group), Assoc. Prof. James McAuley (Neuroscience Research Australia)

An study exploring whether a test used for determining the quality of lumbopelvic movement is reliable.

Effect of exercise on pain modulation in people with chronic pain.


Dr Niamh Moloney, Dr Martin Rabey, Dr Duncan Sanders, Dr Natalie Allen, Prof. Michael Nicholas (University of Sydney), Dr Ben Barry (University of New South Wales), Assoc. Prof. Julia Hush (Macquarie University)

Exercise is often prescribed as a treatment for chronic pain. This study investigates whether low intensity exercise is enough to influence endogeneous pain modulation in people with persistent pain conditions

Exploring multidimensional profiles in people with chronic axial low back pain.


Dr Martin Rabey, Prof. Anne Smith, Dr Darren Beales, Prof. Helen Slater, Prof. Peter O'Sullivan, Dr Michelle Kendell, Shani Koren, Isabela Silva, Lauren Watts, Chris Wong, Brendan Buldo, Magnus Duesund Holland, Courtenay Pang, Jonathan Yu Ning Chan, Kun Man Li, Matthew McMullan, Kelby Smith

This involves a number of projects including:


Do people with low back pain with differing pain mechanisms exhibit differing profiles across psychological, social, health and lifestyle factors?

If we consider how people with low back pain interact with their significant other, does this influence their profiles across psychological, social, health and lifestyle factors?

How do people with chronic low back pain pick a pencil up off the floor? Are there different ways of moving?

Allostasis as a model to explain the development and maintenance of musculoskeletal pain.

Dr Niamh Moloney, Dr Martin Rabey

Describing a model to explain how multiple factors all come together to explain the onset and persistence of pain.

Persistent pain following breast cancer treatment: An investigation of sensory and perceptual changes.


Dr Niamh Moloney, Dr Elizabeth Dylke (University of Sydney), Dr An de Groef (University of Leuven), Emre Ilhan, Assoc. Prof. Julia Hush, Tash Pocovi (Macquarie University)

People may experience different types of pain after breast cancer treatment - we’re trying to get a clearer picture of types of pain and interactions with other clinical factors so we can treat pain more effectively.


Overutilization of medical imaging in the management of low back pain.


Hazel Jenkins, Assoc. Prof Mark Hancock, Dr John Magnussen (Macquarie University), Dr Niamh Moloney, Prof. Chris Maher (George Institute for Global Health)

While x-rays / MRIs are important in certain circumstances, overuse of imaging is a problem. It costs money which could be spent elsewhere and can cause more concerned than necessary about what shows up. This study looks at what drives unnecessary imaging and how we can improve this.