Do you have painful knee osteoarthritis? Do you want to try out some new technology?

About the study

This study aims to test new mediated reality and virtual reality technology for exercise in the clinical setting. You can choose to try either technology or both.

For both the mediated and virtual reality technologies, if you choose to participate in this study, you will need to attend 2 in-person sessions of approximately 1.5 hours at the clinical trials facility at the University of South Australia (City East campus). You will be reimbursed $20/session via gift voucher for your time.

Eligibility Requirements

You can participate if you are 50 years of age or older and have:

  • Painful knee osteoarthritis (for at least 6 months)
  • No health conditions that would prevent you from doing activity
  • No cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s or dementia)
  • No disorders affecting your lower limb (stroke, multiple sclerosis)


You may not receive an individual benefit. Your participation will provide wider benefits to the community by providing important information on the use of mediated reality and virtual reality technology during exercise. This will also help guide us to evaluate this technology in larger studies to determine if this type of treatment should be provided to those with knee osteoarthritis.

Virtual reality refers to a simulated experience. Typically, it involves wearing video goggles in which you see a 'fake' world around you. Virtual reality can be paired with exercise programs such as cycling.

Mediated reality can be used to change live video so that what you see does not match what actually is. Using this technology can change how your body feels prior to exercising,

For more information or to register your interest

Phone: 08 8302 1365

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol 204598).