Pain in Childhood - Half Day Workshop

Date: Sunday 13 April 2014

Time: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Cost: $110 (Early Bird), $135 (Standard)

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The workshop has an education focus, aiming to lay foundations for knowledge for those new to the field, as well as offering a refresher and the latest insights for the more experienced.This introductory half day workshop precedes the Australian Pain Society’s 34th Annual Scientific Meeting and is intended for clinicians from all disciplines with an interest in pain in childhood.

Topics will include:

  • Developmental neurophysiology of pain in childhood
  • Pain assessment in childhood – what’s new?
  • Paediatric analgesic pharmacology – guidelines and controversies
  • Pain management in the emergency department setting
  • Pain management in the community and school setting
  • Music, art and play in pain management
  • The important role of families

The workshop provides opportunities to interact with a multidisciplinary panel of colleagues and to diversify your professional network.



Dr Christine Chambers, PhD is a clinical psychologist, Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health, and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Chambers’ research examines developmental, psychological, and social influences on children’s pain, with a focus on family factors in pediatric pain and pain measurement in children.  She is a recipient of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s (IASP) Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award, given to an individual under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions to clinical pain research.

Ms Dianne Crellin holds a joint appointment as a Nurse Practitioner/ Lecturer at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and The University of Melbourne. She has held a number of clinical, management and education positions over 20 years in emergency prior to establishing the nurse practitioner service in the ED. Her position at the University involves coordinating and teaching a number of subjects from the Masters of Advanced Practice program. Dianne is also clinical researcher and provides supervision for medical and nursing research students. One of her areas of research interest and the focus of her PhD is pain assessment in preverbal children.

Dr Susie Lord is a Pain Medicine Specialist at the Children's Complex Pain Service, John Hunter Children’s Hospital and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine & Health, the University of Newcastle. She was awarded the International Association for the Study of Pain Research Prize for her research on spinal pain during PhD studies. Whilst undertaking Fellowship training in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, she developed her interest in paediatric pain. After returning to her beloved Newcastle, she established the Children’s Complex Pain Service there. Her research interests include: neonatal pain, procedural pain and traumatic experiences in medical care, and pain in the context of social and psychological trauma. She has contributed to clinical improvement activities at State and National levels, and is out-going Co-Chair of the Pain in Childhood Special Interest Group.

Mrs Michelle Perrin has worked as a Hospital Play Specialist for 13 yars. She has had experience working with children and young people under a number of clinical teams. As a department Head of Play and Music Therapy at Sydney Children's Hospital she worked with the paediatric pain team to establish a role to support children with acute and chonic pain. She moved to John Hunter Children's Hospital in 2011 where she has continued to take an interest in pain management for children and young people. Michelle works with the multi-disciplinary team to help children develop non-pharmalogical pain management techniques and coping strategies, particularly in relation to procedural pain.

 Ms Karin Plummer is currently a PhD candidate with The University of Melbourne (Nursing), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Children’s Cancer Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Her research is examining the experiences of pain in children receiving Hematopoietic Stem Cell Therapy from the perspective of the child, their parents and the health care providers involved in their care. Prior to this, Karin has worked clinically in pain management as a Procedural Pain Clinician. This role involved working closely with children diagnosed with cancer and their families to minimise the pain and distress associated with the multitude of medical procedures associated with their treatment. Karin received her Master’s in Pain Management (honors) through the University of Sydney in 2011 and currently assists in the facilitation of their Child in Pain unit. Karin is also an International Trainee with the strategic training program, Pain in Child Health.

Ms Cate Sinclair is currently the Senior Occupational Therapist at the Chronic Pain Clinic, Royal Children’s Hospital. Prior to this position she worked with children and families in community health settings. She received her Master’s in Art Therapy in 2002 which included training in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  She was previously the Senior Occupational Therapist for the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at the Alfred Hospital. Cate has commenced studying for her doctorate through the University of Queensland which is focused on the impact of sensory processing and attachment on the functional abilities of children and adolescents with chronic pain.

Pain in Childhood SIG Dinner

Venue:   Smolt Restaurant, 2 Salamanca Square
Date:       Monday 14 April 2014
Time:      7.30pm
Dress:     Smart Casual
Cost:       $70.00 per person 
Cost includes a three course shared table meal and limited wine and beer. Additional drinks can be purchased at the venue

This dinner is for all those interested in the Pain in Childhood special interest group. Although not compulsory, we encourage any delegates wishing to attend this dinner to please join the Pain in Childhood special interest group. For further information please visit the following website: