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The Australian Pain Society Council comprises representatives from every state and territory.
Ms Fiona Hodson
Hunter Integrated Pain Service John Hunter Hospital Campus New Lambton NSW 2305
Tel: 02 4922 3435Fax: 02 4922 3438
RN, BaHSc Health ScienceFiona 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.
Ms Anne Burke
Central Adelaide Local Health Network Royal Adelaide Hospital Adelaide SA 5000
Tel: 08 7074 2835Fax: 08 7074 6247
B.A. (Hons.), M. Psych. (Clin.), Dip. Clin. Hyp.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 is also currently completing 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.
Dr Will Howard
Director, Pain ServiceAustin HealthHeidelberg VIC 3084
Tel: 03 9496 3800Fax: 03 9459 6421
MBBS Grad Dip Med (Pain Management) FANZCA FFPMANZCAWill 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.
Dr Gavin Chin
Royal Darwin HospitalCasuarina, NT 0811
Tel: 08 8922 8888 Fax: 08 8922 8900
MBBS, FFARM (RACP), Grad Dip in Med (Pain Management)Director of Rehabilitation Services and Territory Integrated Pain Services at the Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory .Gavin gradated from Flinders University, South Australia and completed Rehabilitation Medicine training in Adelaide. He has established a multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Service for the Northern Territory in close liaison with the Royal Adelaide Hospital Pain Service
Mrs Joy Burdack
Calvary Health Care ACTBruce ACT 2617
Tel: 02 6201 6854Fax: 02 6201 6949
RN, BaHsc, MaHSc Research, Stomal Therapist, MRCNAJoy is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Pain Management & Medication Safety Officer at Calvary Health Care ACT.Joy has been working at Calvary for 21 years, before that she worked throughout Australia in a mixture of city and rural health environments. She has worked in the role of Pain Management Coordinator since 1998, reviewing policy and procedures relating to pain management and medications. She delivers education sessions to staff and students (including nursing, physiotherapy & medical). Coordinates Acute Pain Rounds on surgical patients and also is referred patients suffering from chronic pain admitted to hospital. The role of Medication Safety Officer was added in 2007 and Joy is responsible for the coordination of medication chart audits at Calvary and together with the Pharmacy Department the review of medication incidents across the hospital.Over the years Joy has delivered many oral presentations and posters at conferences around Australia for both pain management and medication safety. She has been the President of the ACT Pain Interest Group ‘Nursing Issues’ for the past 3 years.
Mr Tim Austin
Camperdown PhysiotherapyNewtown NSW 2042
Tel: 02 9517 1787Fax: 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.
Ms Diann Black
RecoveryRoyal Darwin HospitalCasuarina NT 0811
Tel: 08 8931 1029Fax: 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 PracticeDiann 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, chronic and post discharge pain and has hope that this role may be developed in 2015.
Ms Trudy Maunsell
Acute Pain ServicePrincess Alexandra HospitalWoolloongabba QLD
Tel: 07 3176 5547Fax: 07 3176 5102
RN, RM, NUM Cert., B Health Management, MScMed (Pain Management), Clinical Nurse ConsultantTrudy 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 Michelle Harris
Royal Adelaide Hospital andLyell McEwin HospitalAdelaide SA
Tel: Email preferred: email@example.com Fax: 08
B.HealthSci MBBS FANZCA FFPMANZCAMichelle 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.
Mr Simon Watt
Physiotherapy Department, Tasmanian Health Service - SouthRoyal Hobart HospitalHobart TAS 7000
Tel: 03 6166 8326Fax: 03
BPhtySimon is the Discipline Lead, Physiotherapy Services for the Tasmanian Health Service – South. His clinical area of interest is in the management of patients with persistent pain conditions. He has contributed to health system design that seeks to improve access to state-wide pain and musculoskeletal triage through the Tasmanian health service reform process. He has also been an active member of the Tasmanian response to codeine rescheduling. During his career he has practiced Physiotherapy within the health system of Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In his current role he provides leadership to a team of diverse clinicians providing quality Physiotherapy services to the Southern region of Tasmania.
Dr Laura Prendergast
Pain Service, Austin HealthChronic Pain Clinic, Goulburn Valley HealthVIC
Tel: 03 9496 3134 or 03 5832 3020Fax: 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.
Mr Shadreck Tozana
Functional Revival and Baptistcare BethalAlbany WA 6330
Tel: 0437 541 165 (Work)Fax: 08 9841 8480
BSc OTShadreck 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 is currently working as part of the pain health-working group responsible for developing the Pain Health Framework for WA. In his role as the co-chair for the funding and equity sub group, he is focused on delivering affordable specialist chronic pain management services to rural and remote communities.
Dr Geoffrey Speldewinde
Capital Pain & Rehabilitation ClinicDeakin ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6282 6240 Fax: 02 6282 5510
MBBS, FAFRM (RACP), FFPMANZCA, FAFMM?Dr Speldewinde operates a private multi-disciplinary pain and rehabilitation Clinic in Canberra that offers a range of evidence-guided treatment options for people with persistent pain problems.Dr Speldewinde’s areas of specialty in Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine were obtained in 1990 and 2000 respectively.Since 1992 he has trained in a range of spinal procedures from neurotomy to spinal stimulators. This is offered to patients in the context of the ‘Rehabilitation Model’ of patient-centred disease diagnosis and management. Dr Speldewinde has published and presented nationally and internationally on his work. His Clinic is unique in its seamless onsite availability of C-arm fluoroscopic and ultrasound imaging to guide the precision spinal, nerve and musculoskeletal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to complement their broad range of ‘non-invasive’ evidence-guided physical and psychological strategies.As a means of furthering their application of the Rehabilitation model of patient-led care in order for patients to improve their own desired function Dr Speldewinde’s Clinic has implemented a novel ‘Functioning with Pain’ STEPS triaging and educational process based on the WA experience.The ongoing research ‘theme’ of the Clinic is one of demonstrating efficacy of interventions that may have been developed elsewhere in tertiary and research facilities in this typical representative community. Dr Speldewinde brought to the role of President of the APS a unique blend of experience and skills operating a well-recognised community-based multidisciplinary private practice in pain rehabilitation utilising a broad range of evidence-guided medical, physical, psychological and educational interventions created and implemented by a dedicated and enthusiastic team.
A/Prof Kevin Keay
Department of AnatomyUniversity of SydneySydney NSW 2006
Tel: 02 9351 4132Fax: 02 9351 2817
Dr Stephanie Davies
WA Specialist Pain ServicesCottesloe WA 6011
Tel: 0412 933 419Fax: 08 9286 8023
MBBS (WA), FANZCA, FFPMANZCADr 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.
Associate Professor Michael Farrell
Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation SciencesMonash UniversityClayton VIC 3800
Tel: 03 9905 6094Fax: 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.
Professor Michael Nicholas
Pain Management Research InstituteRoyal North Shore HospitalSt Leonards NSW 2065
Tel: 02 9926 7894Fax: 02 9926 6279
PhDMichael 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.
Ms Tracy Hallen
DC ConferencesNorth Sydney NSW 2060
Tel: 02 9016 4343Fax: 02 9954 0666
BEcInspired by the work of the Australian Pain Society, Tracy joined its Secretariat, DC Conferences, in February 2010 on a part-time basis. In her role as Project Officer, Tracy assists the APS to fulfil its strategic goals and enhance membership services.
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