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Office Bearers

The Australian Pain Society Council comprises representatives from every state and territory.

2019-20 APS Board and Office Bearers
2019-20 APS Board and Office Bearers

Ms Trudy Maunsell

Acute Pain Service
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Woolloongabba QLD 4102

Tel: 07 3176 5547
Fax: 07 3176 5102

RN RM NUM Cert B Health Management MScMed (Pain Management) Clinical Nurse Consultant

Trudy 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. 


Mrs Joyce McSwan

Gold Coast Primary Health Network
Persistent Pain Program QLD

Tel: 0412 327 795
Fax: 07 3539 9801

BPharm Cert IV TAE

Joyce 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.  


Mts Dinah Spratt

Physiotas Physiotherapy
Shearwater TAS 7307

Tel: 03 6428 7500
Fax: 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 since then. 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 the University of Sydney. 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.


Mr Tim Austin

Camperdown Physiotherapy
Newtown, NSW 2042

Tel: 02 9517 1787
Fax: 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.

ACT Director
ACT Director

Dr Andrew Watson

Calvary Hospital
Canberra ACT 2617

Tel: 02 6201 6352
Fax: N/A

Andrew 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.

NSW Director
NSW Director

Dr Tim Ho

Inner West Pain Centre, RPA Medical Centre
Newtown NSW 2042

Tel: 02 9517 1764
Fax: 02 9517 1832

Dr 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.

NT Director
NT Director

Dr Rav Harish

Alice Springs Hospital
Central Australian Health Service
Alice Springs NT

Tel: Email preferred:
Fax: N/A


Dr Rav Harish currently works as a specialist in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine in the Northern Territory (since 2019). He completed both his Anaesthetic and Pain fellowship training from United Kingdom in 2006; later immigrated to Australia in 2014 and obtained his dual fellowship in Australia. Previously, he had been involved with pain management, education and training in pain medicine within the multidisciplinary pain unit at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland from 2014 to 2019. His interests in pain medicine range from low back pain, neuropathic pain, visceral pain, and complex interaction between pain experience and biopsychosociocultural factors.
Rav also has an interest in addressing the challenges of pain issues in rural and remote Australia through collaborative research, developing initiatives and outreach programmes.

QLD Director
QLD Director

Ms Karalyn Huxhagen

KH Pharmacy Consulting
Mackay QLD 4740

Tel: 0418 185 972
Fax: 07 4805 6155


Karalyn is a community pharmacist and an accredited consultant pharmacist. Karalyn performs locum services, medication reviews and delivers quality use of medication programs mainly in rural and regional Australia. Karalyn is a consultant to the PainWISE training program as well as many other professional bodies.
Karalyn has a strong interest in pain management, asthma and COPD, aged care, wound care, travel medicine, chronic disease programs and the health of aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people. Karalyn is credentialed in Mental Health First aid and she provides immunisation services as a community pharmacist.
Karalyn is a prolific writer, reviewer, presenter and consultant for many pharmacy organisations, industry and government bodies and training programs sponsored by manufacturers and health providers.
In January 2010 Karalyn was awarded an Australia Day award for services to the health of the Mackay community and in October 2010 she was awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Pharmacist of the Year award. Karalyn was awarded a fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in 2010. In 2015 she was awarded the Quality Use of Medicine in Pain Management award by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

SA Director
SA Director

Dr Michelle Harris

Royal Adelaide Hospital and
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Adelaide SA

Tel: Email preferred:
Fax: N/A

Michelle 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. 

TAS Director
TAS Director

Ms Bernadette Smith

Psychology Plus (Tas) Pty Ltd
South Burnie TAS 7320

Tel: 03 6431 9959
Fax: 03 6431 9950

BA(Hons) GradDipPsychEd GradDipTeachLearnHeatlthProf DipClinHyp(Med) MScMed(Pain Management) MAPS

Graduating from UTAS in 1992 Bernadette spent the next 10 years working as a Psychologist for Community Mental Health Services in Tasmania (Child & Adolescent/Adult Community).  Bernadette has also worked for UTAS as honorary clinical lecturer with the School of Psychology and Rural Clinical School at the Cradle Coast Campus.
Bernadette moved into private practice (Psychology Plus) in 2003 where she developed a special interest in the treatment of chronic pain and health education.  In 2016, Bernadette completed her Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) through the University of Sydney.  Aside from consulting in private practice Bernadette co-facilitates a federally funded Group Pain Management Program (OPAL) on the North West Coast of Tasmania and has done so for the past 8 years.  Bernadette is also co-director of Pain Solutions a multi-disciplinary team working with compensable patients suffering chronic pain.
Bernadette is a big supporter of the Pain Revolution; she rode for the first time in 2018 and is currently a mentor for local pain educators through the local pain education program. 

VIC Director
VIC Director

Dr Laura Prendergast

Pain Service
Northern Health
Broadmeadows VIC 3047

Tel: 03 8345 5166
Fax: N/A

B.A., GDip Psych., DPsych (Health)

Dr Laura Prendergast is a Senior Psychologist at the Northern 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. She is passionate about multidisciplinary pain management and enjoys the challenge of improving educational resources for people with pain in her clinical practice. Laura is a strong advocate for Health Psychology and its focus on prevention and population level interventions in addition to targeted clinical work.

Laura has served as the Victorian director on the board of the Australian Pain Society since 2017.


WA Director
WA Director

Ms Jacintha Bell

Director/Principal Occupational Therapist
Lifeworks Occupational Therapy
Subiaco WA 6008

Tel: 0451 178 880
Fax: 08 6323 3329

BSc(Occupational Therapy)

Jacintha graduated as an occupational therapist in 2001. She is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapy. In her early career, she worked in inpatient, outpatient and community mental health services, and then progressed to working in public and private pain clinics. Jacintha established her own occupational therapy practice in 2014, focusing on mental health, persistent pain and complex/chronic conditions. Jacintha is passionate about enabling people with persistent pain to do the things that are important to them and incorporating participation and meaning into all aspects of service delivery. She is a strong advocate for the inclusion of occupational therapy in multidisciplinary services for people with persistent pain and involved in providing training to health professionals to broaden their skills and abilities in working with people with persistent pain.

Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President

A/Prof Anne Burke

Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide SA 5000

Tel: 08 7074 2835
Fax: 08 7074 6247

BA(Hons) MPsych(Clin) DipClinHyp PhD

Anne is the Co-Director, Psychology, Central Adelaide Local Health Network where she runs a large Psychology Department spanning acute, subacute and rehabilitation services. She is also Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide - where she completed her PhD research - and holds a clinical lectureship at Flinders University.  Anne has conducted research in the areas of forensic and clinical health psychology, with her primary research interests being the management of pain and other chronic health conditions, the impact of waiting for services, clinical workforce issues, and health service design and delivery.

SPC Chair
SPC Chair

A/Prof Kevin Keay

Department of Anatomy
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006

Tel: 02 9351 4132
Fax: 02 9351 2817


Kevin has led the Australian Pain Society Scientific Program Committee (SPC) since April 2017.

Newsletter Editor
Newsletter Editor

Dr Lincoln Tracy

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Monash University
Melbourne VIC 3004

Tel: 03 9903 0288
Fax: N/A

BBiomedSc (Hons) SpecCertCR (Neuro) PhD
Dr 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.

Newsletter Assistant Editor
Newsletter Assistant Editor

Dr Joanne Harmon

School of Clinical and Health Sciences
University of South Australia
Adelaide SA 5000

Tel: 08 8302 1442
Fax: N/A

RN BN (Hons) PhD, BAppSci (Cons Tech) MACN
Dr 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.

PhD Scholarship Chair
PhD Scholarship Chair

A/Prof Michael Farrell

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Monash University
Clayton VIC 3800

Tel: 03 9905 6094
Fax: 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.

IASP Liaison
IASP Liaison

Professor Michele Sterling

RECOVER Injury Research Centre
University of Queensland
Herston QLD 4029

Tel: 07 3346 4793
Fax: N/A

PhD MPhty BPhty Grad Dip Manip Physio FACP

Michele sits on the IASP Council, where she provides representation for Australasia at this peak international scientific pain body.

Michele has a long association with the Australian Pain Society having been our Scientific Program Committee (SPC) Chair from March 2013 to April 2017.

APS Secretariat - Executive Officer
APS Secretariat - Executive Officer

Ms Tracy Hallen

DC Conference & Association Management
North Sydney NSW 2060

Tel: 02 9016 4343
Fax: N/A

Inspired by the work of the Australian Pain Society, Tracy joined the DC Conference & Association Management team, in February 2010. In her role as Executive Officer, Tracy assists the APS to fulfil its strategic goals and enhance membership services.

APS Secretariat - Administration Officer
APS Secretariat - Administration Officer

Kristy Gorenc

DC Conference & Association Management
North Sydney NSW  2060

Tel: 02 9954 4400
Fax: N/A

Kristy joined the APS and DC Conference & Association Management 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.