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 (APS) was formed in 1979 as the Australian Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. It is a not-for-profit registered charity and is directed by an elected honorary Board of Directors. 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 800, and includes investigators and clinicians who are active in the field of pain and its management.


All people will have optimal pain management throughout life.


The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary association whose purpose is to advance pain management through education, research, and advocacy for transformational improvements in clinical care.


In order to achieve our mission, the Australian Pain Society will provide:

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

Organisation Chart 

APR22 Org Chart

APS Organisation Chart as a PDF

Strategic Plan Projects 2023-25

Priority Area Project
  • Establish an APS membership mentorship program
  • Local Networking Events
  • Administer Clinical Reserach Grants
  • Organise painSTAR 2024
Services and resources
  • Develop an APS position statement regarding pain management in aged care
  • Review and update the APS Position Statement on 'The role of the Psychologist in the management of pain', 4th Edition
Good governance and operations
  • Review the APS By-Laws


  • Continued submissions to promote and support pain management, with a key focus on better pain management in the disability sector: Advocacy 

Click here to download the Society Strategic Plan Projects 2023-25 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.