Inquiring + Progressive


Niamh and Martin have over 75 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

We are currently looking for 500+ local volunteers to answer an online questionnaire: The Guernsey Pain Survey


It does not matter whether you have experienced much pain before or not, your answers are equally important.


This research is valuable in designing future treatments for pain.


This research specifically focuses on Musculoskeletal Pain i.e. pain we feel in our muscles, tendons, joints and nerves. This may include headaches but does not include migraine, abdominal pain or pain from other organs.

The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one attempt.


Please note, if you complete and submit the questionnaire we assume we have your consent to include your answers in our research. The information you provide is anonymous; i.e. once submitted, we are not able to connect your answers with your personal details. This also means we are not able to remove your answers from the research once submitted.


This research has been approved by the Guernsey Ethics Committee.


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 Australi


If you would like to take part click here.

Thank you!


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, Ian Skinner (Neuroscience Research Australia), Martin Lock (Guernsey Therapy Group), Dr 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, Assoc. Prof. Anne Smith, Dr Darren Beales, Assoc. Prof. Helen Slater, Assoc. Prof Peter Kent, Prof. Peter O'Sullivan

Do subgroups with differing characteristics really exist in low back pain? Or should we consider everyone as an individual?

Development and Preliminary Validation of the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire for Clinicians.


Dr Martin Rabey, Dr Mark Catley (University of South Australia), Assoc. Prof. Kevin Vowles (University of New Mexico), Dr James McAuley (Neuroscience Research Australia)


Development of a questionnaire that measures clinicians’ beliefs regarding the importance of acceptance when managing people with chronic 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.

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