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Corporate Members


Office Bearers

The Australian Pain Society Council comprises representatives from every state and territory.

2019-20 APS Board and Office Bearers
2019-20 APS Board and Office Bearers

Dr Anne Burke

Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide SA 5000

Tel: 08 8222 5403
Fax: 08 8222 5904

BA(Hons) MPsych(Clin) DipClinHyp PhD

Anne is the Co-Director, Psychology, Central Adelaide Local Health Network and has maintained an active attachment in the Pain Management Unit since 2002.  She holds clinical lectureships with The University of Adelaide - where she completed her PhD research - and Flinders University. Anne has conducted research in the areas of forensic and clinical health psychology, with her primary research interests being the evaluation of different therapeutic interventions for chronic pain, the impact of waiting for services, models of pain acceptance, clinical workforce issues and health service delivery, and vicarious traumatisation.

President Elect
President Elect

Ms Trudy Maunsell

Acute Pain Service

Princess Alexandra Hospital
Woolloongabba QLD

Tel: 07 3176 5547
Fax: 07 3176 5102

RN RM NUM Cert. B Health Management MScMed (Pain Management) Clinical Nurse Consultant
Trudy has a broad range of clinical experience in rural, remote and metropolitan hospitals as a Registered Nurse and Midwife and has been involved in pain management as a Clinical Nurse Consultant for the past 18 years after becoming interested in pain whilst a Nursing Unit Manager of an acute surgical ward in a regional referral hospital.
Trudy's interests in pain management include clinical care delivery, the establishment of outcome based key performance indicators for acute pain services and pain management education. Trudy has also conducted several commissioned training programs for nursing staff in Hong Kong and Singapore. 


Dr Will Howard

Director, Pain Service
Austin Health
Heidelberg VIC 3084

Tel: 03 9496 3800
Fax: 03 9459 6421

MBBS Grad Dip Med (Pain Management) FANZCA FFPMANZCA
Will has fellowships in both Anaesthesia and in Pain Medicine. He has been on staff of the Department of Anaesthesia Austin Health Melbourne since 1988 and been Director Chronic Pain Services at Austin Health since 2006. He was Editor of the APS newsletter for 10 years from 2006 to 2015 inclusive and took on the role of Secretary at the 2015 AGM.


Mr Tim Austin

Camperdown Physiotherapy
Newtown, NSW 2042

Tel: 02 9517 1787
Fax: 02 9516 2491

MScMed (Pain Management), BAppSc (Physio)
Tim graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy.  He then worked at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney until 1994, when he became Principal Physiotherapist at Camperdown Physiotherapy; a position he continues to hold. Tim’s work in the Private Practice has always involved inter-disciplinary pain management, for many years with Dr John Ditton, and more recently with Associate Professor Tillman Boesel. From 2005 to 2007, Tim completed a Masters of Pain Management with Honours through the University of Sydney. Upon completion of this degree, Tim was asked to commence on the teaching staff of this degree programme, a position he continues to hold.
Tim was a member of the Relationships and Communication Committee of the Australian Pain Society for 4 years from 2011-2014 inclusive. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Pain Network of the Australian Physiotherapy Society and sits on the National Committee of this Network.

ACT Director
ACT Director

Dr Andrew Watson

Calvary Hospital
Canberra ACT 2617

Tel: 02 6201 6352
Fax: N/A

Andrew worked in a variety of rural and remote locations as a GP including three years with the RFDS in far north Queensland and a year in northern Canada before undergoing specialty training in Anaesthesia. He is currently the Director of Anaesthesia, Pain and Perioperative Medicine at Calvary Hospital, senior staff specialist in the pain management unit and department of anaesthesia at the Canberra Hospital and a lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School.  An interest in behavioural change and community medicine was developed though this period including a degree in public health.   Andrew’s biggest interest in pain is in behavioural modification and in transitional pain and he very much likes working in a multidisciplinary clinic with a solid team with wide skills and interests.

NSW Director
NSW Director

Dr Tim Ho

Inner West Pain Centre, RPA Medical Centre
Newtown NSW 2042

Tel: 02 9517 1764
Fax: 02 9517 1832

Dr Tim Ho is a rehabilitation and pain specialist. Tim also works in work capacity and addiction medicine. His interests are chronic musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, visceral pain and headache. His research interests are management of co-morbid chronic pain and addiction, return to work program, osseointegration and nursing home resident pain management. Tim is also fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

NT Director
NT Director

Ms Diann Black

Royal Darwin Hospital
Casuarina NT 0811

Tel: 08 8931 1029
Fax: 08 8922 8325

B Nursing, Post Grad Cert Paed Nursing, Post Grad Dip Clin Nursing, M Nursing-Nurse Practitioner, MScMed (Pain Mgmt), M Nursing-Children & Young People, Post Grad Dip Transfusion Practice
Diann is a Territorian who has travelled extensively. While working in Seattle she became interested in pain management and worked with Prof John Loeser. Upon returning to the NT in 2007 she was inspired by our previous NT director, Jenny Phillips, to study pain management. Diann feels that there is a need for the development of a pain management Nurse Practitioner role in the NT to provide care for patients with post-acute and chronic pain. She is currently a full time PhD student with Sydney School of Nursing studying paediatric pain management and hopes to pursue her career in pain management in the future. Diann is also a founding member of the Top End Health Service (TEHS) Nursing and Midwifery Council.

QLD Director
QLD Director

Mrs Joyce McSwan

Gold Coast Primary Health Network
Persistent Pain Program, QLD

Tel: 0412 327 795
Fax: 07 3539 9801

BPharm Cert IV TAE
Joyce is a multi-award winning clinical pharmacist with a special interest in treating persistent pain. Currently she is the Clinical Program Director of the Gold Coast Primary Health Network, Persistent Pain Program, Australia’s first federally funded primary health multidisciplinary pain program. She was recently named Australian’s No. 1 Agenda Setter by the readership of the Australian Journey Pharmacy and was the pharmacy representative on the Australian Pain Society Relationships Committee from 2017-19. Some of her more recent appointments include being an Expert Panel member of the Chronic Pain Medscheck Trial Program and Chair of the Pharmacology Program for the 2019 Australian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Joyce is a member of the International Association of the Study of Pain and her expertise lies in innovating clinical pathways within public and private primary health sectors. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of the PainWISE Pharmacy Professional Services program, Australia’s first multidisciplinary clinical pain program for the pharmacy industry. Her work focuses on translating clinical evidence to everyday practice and optimise care for those living with persistent pain.  

SA Director
SA Director

Dr Michelle Harris

Royal Adelaide Hospital and
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Adelaide SA

Tel: Email preferred:
Fax: 08

Michelle completed her medical and anaesthetic training in Melbourne before returning to South Australia to complete her Pain fellowship in 2014, via a Perioperative Medicine Fellowship in Toronto.  She currently works as a specialist anaesthetist at the Royal Adelaide and Lyell McEwin Hospitals and is a member of the Acute Pain Service at both sites.  Since her fellowship, she has maintained a strong relationship with the Pain Management Unit at Royal Adelaide Hospital and continues to work there in a Consultant capacity. 

TAS Director
TAS Director

Mrs Dinah Spratt

Physiotas Physiotherapy
Shearwater TAS 7307

Tel: 03 6428 7500
Fax: 03 6424 7811

GradDipPhys, MScMed (Pain Management)
Dinah moved with her family to Tasmania from the UK in 2006 and has been working in an expanding private physiotherapy practice on the north-west coast for the past 11 years. She has also worked in an advanced scope role for an orthopaedic spinal surgeon in northern Tasmania for 6 years, assisting in both the diagnosis and management of spinal patients conservatively and pre and post operatively. Dinah has a special interest in the management of spinal and chronic pain conditions, as well as educating both patients and allied health professionals on chronic pain and its biopsychosocial influences. Dinah has completed a MSc in Medicine on Pain Management at Sydney University. She gives regular talks entitled ‘Chronic pain from a biopsychosocial perspective’ for patients and is involved in presenting talks to GPs and also to members of her local community on this subject.

VIC Director
VIC Director

Dr Laura Prendergast

Pain Service, Austin Health
Chronic Pain Clinic, Goulburn Valley Health

Tel: 03 9496 3134 or 03 5832 3020
Fax: 03 9496 6337

B.A., GDip Psych., DPsych (Health)
Laura is a Psychologist at both Austin Health Pain Service in Melbourne, and Goulburn Valley Health Chronic Pain Clinic in Shepparton, Victoria. Originally from Sydney, she travelled and worked overseas before moving to Melbourne to complete her studies and become a psychologist. Her doctoral research investigated Australian and United States longitudinal outcomes of early adolescent sexual behaviour. In her clinical placements and research, she has worked in a range of settings including HIV/AIDS, forensic intellectual disability, and assisted reproduction, as well as persistent pain. Since 2013, she has been working with her team at the GVH Chronic Pain Clinic to further develop their treatment model and educational and clinical materials. Through this work, she has developed an appreciation for working in regional healthcare and public health, as well as the diversity of practice in pain management. She is also now enjoying the challenges of an integrated metropolitan pain service at Austin Health, providing assessment, treatment and group education.

WA Director
WA Director

Mr Shadreck Tozana

Functional Revival and Baptistcare Bethal
Albany WA 6330

Tel: 0437 541 165 (Work)
Fax: 08 9841 8480

Shadreck is the Manager of Functional Revival a private practice based in Albany, WA and works as an Occupational Therapist specialising in pain management programs for Baptistcare. His clinical area of interest is in chronic pain management with a particular focus on strategic and policy directions of services. He continues to pursue external studies in chronic pain management at McGill University in Canada.
Shadreck worked as part of the pain health working group as a subgroup co-chair responsible for developing the Pain Health Framework for WA. He is currently focused on delivering affordable specialist chronic pain management services to rural and remote communities.

Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President

Ms Fiona Hodson

Hunter Integrated Pain Service

John Hunter Hospital Campus
New Lambton NSW 2305

Tel: 02 4922 3435
Fax: 02 4922 3438

RN, BaHSc Health Science
Fiona has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery including inpatient, outpatient, procedural, research, aged care, community, health promotion, education, strategic planning, redesign and management. More recently Fiona held the role of Project Officer for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Pain Management Network, which culminated in the launch of the Pain Network website on 25 March 2014. She is also currently a board director of Chronic Pain Australia (CPA) and Liaison officer for Painaustralia and CPA.

SPC Chair
SPC Chair

A/Prof Kevin Keay

Department of Anatomy
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006

Tel: 02 9351 4132
Fax: 02 9351 2817


Newsletter Editor
Newsletter Editor

Dr Stephanie Davies

WA Specialist Pain Services
Cottesloe WA 6011

Tel: 0412 933 419
Fax: 08 9286 8023

Dr Stephanie Davies trained at UWA and did her training in Anaesthetics in Perth and the UK. During her Anaesthetic training she also subspecialised in Pain Management.
Subsequently she has devoted her career only to pain management research and to running various programs including being Head of Service at Fremantle Hospital, Adjunct A/Prof at Curtin University and Senior Lecturer at UWA. She established the Self-Training Educative Pain Sessions (STEPS) program at the Fremantle Hospital Pain Medicine Unit (moving to Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2015) and has supported the replication of the STEPS program locally and nationally. She was the co-lead to establish painHEALTH for the WA Department of Health. She established MyLibrary and researchAUSTRALIA.

Newsletter Assistant Editor
Newsletter Assistant Editor

Dr Lincoln Tracy

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Monash University
Melbourne VIC 3004

Tel: 03 9903 0288
Fax: N/A

BBiomedSc (Hons) SpecCertCR (Neuro) PhD
Dr Lincoln Tracy completed his PhD in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in 2017. His doctoral research focused on the psychological and physiological modulation of pain experience, and included testing the effects of intranasal oxytocin on pain in people with chronic neck and shoulder pain. He is currently employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, where he works on the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand.

PhD Scholarship Chair
PhD Scholarship Chair

Associate Professor Michael Farrell

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Monash University
Clayton VIC 3800

Tel: 03 9905 6094
Fax: 03 9902 9500

PhD, MSC, BAppSc (Phy)
A/Prof Michael Farrell trained and worked as a Physiotherapist before starting his research career. Recipient of a NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, Michael completed a postdoc in the lab of Richard Gracely at the National Institutes of Health before returning to Melbourne and joining the Howard Florey Institute in 2003. Leader of the Interoception Imaging team at the Florey, Michael was also a C.R. Roper Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He joined the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at Monash University as an Associate Professor in 2014.
Michael uses functional brain imaging techniques including positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and perfusion-fMRI to investigate the human brain control of sensations and regulatory responses that arise from signals inside the body.

IASP Liaison
IASP Liaison

Professor Michael Nicholas

Pain Management Research Institute
Royal North Shore Hospital
St Leonards NSW 2065

Tel: 02 9926 7894
Fax: 02 9926 6279

BSc, MSc (Hons), MPsychol (Clin), PhD, MAPS, FFPMANZCA
Michael is a Professor at the Sydney Medical School, Director of the ADAPT program at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) and also Director of the Graduate Pain Education program at the Pain Management Research Institute (The University of Sydney/RNSH).
Michael sits on the IASP Council, where he provides representation for Australasia at this peak international scientific pain body.

APS Secretariat - Project Officer
APS Secretariat - Project Officer

Ms Tracy Hallen

DC Conferences
North Sydney NSW 2060

Tel: 02 9016 4343
Fax: 02 9954 0666

Inspired by the work of the Australian Pain Society, Tracy joined its Secretariat, DC Conferences, in February 2010. In her role as Project Officer, Tracy assists the APS to fulfil its strategic goals and enhance membership services.

APS Secretariat - Officer
APS Secretariat - Officer

Mrs Vanessa Lane

DC Conferences
North Sydney NSW  2060

Tel: 02 9954 4400
Fax: 02 9954 0666

BA(Psych) Dip(Couns)
Vanessa has eight years experience working with health associations and joined the DC Conference Secretariat in September 2018 on a part time basis. Vanessa enjoys coordinating the APS eNewsletter and two special interest groups.