Acute Pain Day - Full Day Workshop

The Acute Pain Service at the bedside: Optimising patient care

Date: Sunday 13 April 2014

Time: 8.45 am - 5.00 pm

Cost: $160 (Early Bird), $185 (Standard)

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This workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in acute pain management. The focus is to emphasise the role of the acute pain service from the bedside management of difficult patients through to discharge and beyond.

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Mr Peter Boyles graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) in 1999. He is a senior Pharmacist in the Pharmaceutical Services Branch at the DHHS Tasmania. Mr Boyles is responsible for the design, build and maintenance of Tasmania’s drugs of dependence data base, including real-time reporting from pharmacies and the online remote access component DORA and is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Medicines Scheduling (ACMS).


Dr Myles Conroy graduated from Melbourne University and settled in Geelong where he trained in anaesthesia and pain management and now resides as a staff anaesthetist. His interests include ultrasound and regional anaesthesia, orthopaedic and obstetric anaesthesia, acute and persistent pain management, and perioperative nerve injury. Under his leadership the Geelong acute pain service has integrated outpatient clinics to provide preoperative planning and post-discharge care.

Dr Malcolm Dobbin is a Public Health Physician and Senior Medical Advisor (Alcohol and Drugs) to the Victorian Department of Health. He has a background in research, emergency medicine, drug and alcohol treatment, public health, and 10 years working for Aboriginal community controlled health services in urban and remote Australia. Dr Dobbin's interestes include addressing the harm from misuse of pharmaceutical drugs (prescription and over-the-counter).



Dr Bronwen Evans is a consultant anaesthetist & director of the Acute Pain Management Service at Western Health, Victoria.

Ms Jill Kelly holds a Master of Nursing (Pain Management) and a Master of Nurse Practitioner qualification. She was appointed as the first Acute Pain Service Nurse Practitioner in W.A in April 2012.
In her Acute Pain Service Nurse Practitioner role, Jill provides pain management services to hospital inpatients as part of the multidisciplinary team.
Jill also provides outpatient follow up and care to patients reviewed in the Consultant led Acute Pain Service Discharge Clinic and in the recently implemented Nurse Practitioner led Clinic, the first such clinic in Australia.


Ms Helen Lowy is a Quality Use of Medicines Program Manager working for the Department of Health, Victoria. Helen has managed pharmacy services in public and private sectors, publishing and presenting on QUM related issues. She worked for the Victorian Department of Health, coordinating the state-wide implementation of the National Inpatient Medication Chart. As the Department’s QUM Program Manager, Helen represents Victoria on the Australian Commission in Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Health Service Expert Advisory Group. Building on her training in pharmacy, project management, change management and health service management, Helen recently commenced a post grad diploma in counselling.  

Professor Stephan Schug is a German trained specialist anaesthetist with an MD in pharmacology. He is currently Chair of Anaesthesiology in the Pharmacology and Anaesthesiology Unit at the University of Western Australia and Director of Pain Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital. Professor Schug's research interests are in the pharmacology of analgesics and local anaesthetics, the management of acute, chronic and cancer pain, regional anaesthesia and analgesia, organisational structures for pain management and reduction of adverse events in hospitals. Professor Schug has over 350 publications including peer reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters and is often invited to present at national and international conferences. 

Dr Trudi Disney graduated from NSW University and trained in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine subsequent to some years spent in General Practice (which has given her some insight in to the inadequate communication GPs receive from hospitals!). She is a staff anaesthetist at the Royal Hobart Hospital and has been Director of the Acute Pain Service for the last 3 years, during a busy period of the APS reviewing its processes, forms, guidelines and discharge planning.   

Ms Sue Kube has worked at the Royal Hobart Hospital for the past 25 years.  A decade in the Post Anaesthetic Recovery Unit, some time as a midwife and the past 13 years with the Acute Pain Service.  She enjoys educating nurses and medical students in acute pain management, and works closely with the UTAS school of nursing and medicine facilitating clinically based educational opportunities.  From a research perspective Sue has assisted with multi-centre trials and assorted anaesthetic department research initiatives. 

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