Postal Address

APS Secretariat

c/- DC Conference &
Association Management

PO Box 637

North Sydney NSW 2059


Head Office

Secretariat Office

c/- DC Conference &
Association Management

Suite 103, Level 1

3 West Street

North Sydney NSW 2060


Registered Charity



About The Australian Pain Society

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:

  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Services and resources
  • Membership
  • Good governance and operations

Organisation Chart 

OCT19 Org Chart

APS Organisation Chart as a PDF

Strategic Plan Projects 2019-21

Priority Area Project
  • Investigate Australasian Pain School for Researchers
  • Develop a Pain Management in Aged Care Workshop
  • Continued submissions to government to promote and support pain management
  • Publish the Waiting In Pain 2 results
Services and resources
  • Review "The Role of the Psychologist in the Management of Persistent Pain" Position Paper
  • Sustaining current and growing the future membership base is an important guidance principle across the entire strategic summary
  • Provide targeted networking opportunities, such as local networking events

Good governance and operations

  • Complete the application for Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) registration and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status 

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.

Declaration of Interest Policy

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:

  • Awareness of participating individuals of the concepts of competing or conflicting interests
  • Open disclosure of potential conflicts for executive discussion
  • Register of all current and previous 5 years of competing interests of office bearers collated and updated at a minimum, yearly
  • Confirmation of registered conflicts at each executive meeting of the society
  • Promoting removal of competing interests where appropriate prior to assuming executive roles
  • Exclusion in discussion and voting regarding decisions of the executive where significant conflicts are reported, as deemed by the executive
  • Ensuring the availability of a “Register of Interests” of office bearers upon request from members of the society

We discourage participation of our office bearers in commercial activities or participation in advisory committees.

We also note a specific untied grant currently received from Seqirus 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.