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The Australian Pain Society Council comprises representatives from every state and territory.
Dr Geoffrey (Geoff) Speldewinde
Capital Pain & Rehabilitation ClinicDeakin ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6282 6240Fax: 02 6282 5510
MBBS, FAFRM (RACP), FFPMANZCA, FAFMMDr 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 brings 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.
Ms Fiona Hodson
Hunter Integrated Pain ServiceJohn 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.
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.
Ms Anne Burke
Pain Management UnitRoyal Adelaide HospitalAdelaide SA 5000
Tel: 08 8222 4770Fax: 08 8222 5904
B.A. (Hons.), M. Psych. (Clin.), Dip. Clin. Hyp.Anne is the Co-Director, Psychology Department, Royal Adelaide Hospital and has maintained an active clinical 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.
Mr Simon Watt
Physiotherapy Department, Tasmanian Health OrganisationNorth West Regional HospitalBurnie TAS 7320
Tel: 03 6430 6608Fax: 03 6430 6607
BPhtySimon is the Deputy Manager of Physiotherapy for the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West. His clinical area of interest is in the management of patients with chronic pain conditions. 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 North West coast of Tasmania.
Dr Diarmuid McCoy
Pain MatrixGeelong VIC 3220
Tel: 03 5229 6996Fax: 03 5229 0941
MBBCh BAO (NUI) FFARCSI FFPMANZCA FFPMCAI FANZCADiarmuid McCoy is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician. He graduated from the University College of Cork, before undertaking vocational training at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin.He worked as a Senior Fellow at Flinders University in Adelaide, before taking up a position as a Consultant Pain Medicine Physician at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool.Dr McCoy returned to Australia in 2004, where he has since been based in Geelong. He has been a Clinical Director of the pain management unit at Barwon Health since 2004, and is now a Director with Pain Matrix.Dr McCoy is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University Medical School. A fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at ANZCA he is a member of the Training Unit Assessment Committee and the Research Committee. Dr McCoy has been an examiner at the faculty for the past 6 years. He is frequently asked to speak at state, national and international meetings including the Australian Pain Society Canberra 2013 and the Annual Scientific meeting of ANZCA Hong Kong 2010. He has authored a number of papers and a book chapter on the subject of pain.
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 Malcolm Hogg
Department of Anaesthesia and Pain ManagementRoyal Melbourne HospitalParkville VIC 3052
Tel: 03 9342 7540Fax: 03 9342 8623
MBBS, Grad Dip in Med (Pain Management), Grad Cert (Research), FANZCA, FFPMANZCA Head of Pain Services, Melbourne Health.Following Anaesthesia training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, a Pain Fellowship was completed at The Prince of Wales and Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney.?After several years on staff at these hospitals, Malcolm returned to Melbourne to contribute to the development of pain services at the RMH.
Professor Michele Sterling
Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD)School of Allied Health, Griffith UniversitySouthport QLD 4222
Tel: 07 5678 0368Fax: 07 3346 4603
BPhty, Grad Dip Manip Physio, MPhty, FACP, PhDMichele is Associate Director of CONROD and Professor in the School of Medicine, both at The University of Queensland. She is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Michele’s research focus is in the area of musculoskeletal pain particularly processes that may contribute to the development of chronic pain and management in primary care.
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.
Mrs Christin Bird
Precision Brain, Spine and Pain CentreKew VIC 3101
Tel: 03 8862 0000Fax: N/A
DipHE RGN (Adult), Post Grad Cert Intensive Care, Post Grad Facilitation of Learning in Practice, Non medical Prescriber V300, Masters of Research in Health SciencesChristin has been working as a nurse for over 20 years in primary, secondary and tertiary health care facilities in Germany, the UK and most recently in Australia. She has worked in Intensive Care, Chronic Disease Management for Nephrology, Cardiology and Chronic Pain.From 2008-2013 she worked in an advanced nursing role in a large regional and national tertiary referral center in Liverpool, UK. There she was involved in acute, chronic malignant and non malignant pain management. She also delivered educational lectures to medical and nursing colleagues, including students. In 2011 Christin was awarded a scholarship from NIHR (National Institute for Health research UK) to study for a Masters in Health Research. This led to a poster publication at the Joint Annual Scientific meeting of the British and Canadian Society in Edinburgh in 2011. Christin maintains a keen interest in research and has published several poster presentations at local and international scientific meetings.In 2013 Christin relocated to Melbourne, Australia and gained endorsement as Nurse Practitioner in 2015.Christin has a passion for supporting patients suffering from chronic conditions and believes education is the key to empower patients to embrace self management of long term conditions. Christin wishes to develop the Nurse Practitioner role in Chronic Pain further and is a keen advocate for nurse education in this discipline.
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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