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The Australian Pain Society was formed in 1979 as the Australian Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. It is a not-for-profit organisation and is directed by an elected honorary council. Annual subscriptions are set at the minimal level necessary to cover administrative costs of the society.
The APS is a multidisciplinary organisation with representatives among its members from many medical specialties, as well as physiotherapy, psychology, nursing, general practitioners other health professionals and the basic sciences.
The membership numbers in excess of 900, and includes investigators and clinicians who are active in the field of pain and its management.
All people will have optimal access to pain prevention and management throughout their life.
The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary association whose mission is to advance pain prevention, management and clinical practice.
In order to achieve our mission, the Australian Pain Society will provide:
APS Organisation Chart as a PDF
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Good governance and operations
Click here to download the Society Strategic Plan Projects 2019-21 as a PDF.
The Australian Pain Society is keen to enlist as members, other professionals interested in supporting the society in its goal of alleviating the suffering of our fellow citizens.
Active membership in the APS is open to all health care professionals engaged in pain research or in the diagnosis and management of pain syndromes.
The Australian Pain Society (APS) recognises the potential for conflicts of interests to arise in relation to its mission of providing leadership in clinical practice, education, research and public advocacy for improved access to multidisciplinary pain management. In particular, the society values its relationship with public and commercial organisations involved in pain management in Australia, which with membership dues and conference delegate registrations, supports the activities of the society.
The APS acknowledges the role of its volunteer office bearers and paid staff in performing their roles and regularly discusses the potential for conflict between personal and commercial considerations and the best interests of the society. We have adopted a Declaration of Interest procedure in order to openly acknowledge potential conflicts and ensure activities of such office bearers are in keeping with the best interests of the society.
This procedure involves:
In addition to conflicts pertaining to individual members of the executive of the Australian Pain Society, we would like to recognise our corporate members, whose support is registered with Medicines Australia, in compliance with their code of conduct (Edition 18). These are:
In return for their support, the Australian Pain Society provides opinions regarding educational and research activity within the Australian context. We discourage participation of our office bearers in commercial activities or participation in advisory committees.
We also note specific untied grants currently received from Seqirus and Mundipharma to support the long standing and prestigious joint Australian Pain Society and Australian Pain Relief Association PhD scholarship program.
Click here to download the APS Declaration of Interest Policy Statement, July 2015, as a PDF.
Please contact the APS Secretariat if you would like to review the Declaration of Interest Register.