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The Australian Pain Society Council comprises representatives from every state and territory.
Dr Anne Burke
Central Adelaide Local Health NetworkRoyal Adelaide HospitalAdelaide SA 5000
Tel: 08 8222 5403Fax: 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.
Ms Trudy Maunsell
Acute Pain Service
Princess 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 Will Howard
Tel: 03 9496 3800Fax: N/A
MBBS Grad Dip Med (Pain Management) FANZCA FFPMANZCAWill has fellowships in both Anaesthesia and in Pain Medicine. He was on the staff of the Department of Anaesthesia Austin Health Melbourne from 1988 until 2019, where he was Director Chronic Pain Services at Austin Health from 2006 until 2012, and of the Acute and Chronic Pain Services from 2012 until his retirement in 2019. Will now works part time as a pain medicine consultant for WorkSafe Victoria.Will was Editor of the APS newsletter for 10 years from 2006 to 2015. He became Secretary of the APS Board at the 2015 AGM.
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.
Dr Andrew Watson
Calvary HospitalCanberra ACT 2617
Tel: 02 6201 6352Fax: N/A
BHB MBChB FRACGP DRACOG MTMMPH FANZCAAndrew 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.
Dr Tim Ho
Inner West Pain Centre, RPA Medical CentreNewtown NSW 2042
Tel: 02 9517 1764Fax: 02 9517 1832
MSc MBBS (Hon) FAFRM (RACP) FFPMANZCADr 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.
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 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.
Mrs Joyce McSwan
Gold Coast Primary Health NetworkPersistent Pain Program, QLD
Tel: 0412 327 795Fax: 07 3539 9801
BPharm Cert IV TAEJoyce 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.
Dr Michelle Harris
Royal Adelaide Hospital andLyell McEwin HospitalAdelaide SA
Tel: Email preferred: email@example.com Fax: N/A
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.
Mrs Dinah Spratt
Physiotas PhysiotherapyShearwater TAS 7307
Tel: 03 6428 7500Fax: 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.
Dr Laura Prendergast
Pain ServiceAustin HealthHeidelberg VIC 3084
Tel: 03 9496 3134Fax: 03 9496 6337
B.A., GDip Psych., DPsych (Health)Laura is a Psychologist in the Austin Health Pain Service in Melbourne, Victoria, where she delivers group programs and provides assessment and individual treatment to clients with persistent pain. She also consults on the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Clinical Panel, reviewing and providing advice for psychologists treating people who have been touched by road trauma. Laura is passionate about multidisciplinary pain management and enjoys the challenge of improving educational resources for people with pain in her clinical practice. She’s a strong advocate for health psychology and its focus on prevention and population level interventions in addition to targeted clinical work.
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 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.
Ms Fiona Hodson
Hunter Integrated Pain Service
John Hunter Hospital CampusNew 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.
A/Prof Kevin Keay
Department of AnatomyUniversity of SydneySydney NSW 2006
Tel: 02 9351 4132Fax: 02 9351 2817
Dr Lincoln Tracy
School of Public Health and Preventive MedicineMonash UniversityMelbourne VIC 3004
Tel: 03 9903 0288Fax: N/A
BBiomedSc (Hons) SpecCertCR (Neuro) PhDDr 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.
Dr Joanne Harmon
School of Clinical and Health SciencesUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaide SA 5000
Tel: 08 8302 1442Fax: N/A
RN BN (Hons) PhD, BAppSci (Cons Tech) MACNDr Joanne (Jo) Harmon is a registered nurse and academic located at the University of South Australia. She completed her nursing degree in 2011 with honours and then her PhD in 2016, both at the University of Newcastle, NSW. Joanne’s thesis was titled “The assessment and management of pain in older people by nurses in acute care: a focused ethnography”. Her research interests are focused on qualitative research, critical care, acute acre, care of the older person and pain care provision.
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
BSc, MSc (Hons), MPsychol (Clin), PhD, MAPS, FFPMANZCAMichael 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: N/A
BEcInspired 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.
DC ConferencesNorth Sydney NSW 2060
Tel: 02 9954 4400Fax: N/A
Kristy joined the APS Secretariat team in October 2019.She has a vast background as an Executive Assistant and her strong administration skills equip her to assist with all secretariat tasks for the Society.
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