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2016 Australian Pain Society
36th Annual Scientific Meeting

2016 Australian Pain Society
36th Annual Scientific Meeting


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International Speakers

Frank Birklein

Professor Frank Birklein

Professor Frank Birklein has been head of Peripheral Nerve Disorders, and Pain Research and Treatment at the Department of Neurology, University Medical Centre Mainz, Germany since 2001. His research focuses on the mechanisms of neuropathic pain, particularly CRPS, and on mechanisms of autonomic nervous system regulation. He is the leading author of the German guidelines for CRPS diagnosis and treatment, has been widely published in his research fields and has been awarded numerous scientific grants. His main interest now is the immune system contribution to posttraumatic pain.

Petra Schweinhardt

Dr Petra Schweinhardt

Dr Petra Schweinhardt received her medical degree at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany and she holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oxford in England in neuroimaging of chronic pain. Currently, she is a full time researcher at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her main research interests are the cerebral processing of pain in humans, in particular interactions between pain and reward systems, and brain alterations in patients with chronic pain. Dr Schweinhardt holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in the Neurobiology of Chronic Pain and is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry and the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


Barry Sessle

Professor Barry Sessle

Dr Barry Sessle received his dental training from the University of Sydney and his PhD in neurophysiology from the University of N.S.W. After postdoctoral studies at the NIH in the USA, he moved to Canada where he has been Professor in the University of Toronto Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine since 1976; he was Dean of Dentistry from 1990-2001. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and he has served as President of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Canadian Pain Society. His research on orofacial pain and neuromuscular function has been supported for over 40 years by both NIH and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has published over 400 journal articles and book chapters and 12 books. 

David Yarnitsky

Professor David Yarnitsky

Professor David Yarnitsky is the Chair of Neurology at Rambam Health Care Campus, and of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory in the Technion Faculty of Medicine, both in Haifa, Israel. He is widely published in pain psychophysics and neurophysiology, in health, as well as in clinical pain syndromes such as migraine, painful neuropathy and peri-operative pain.   His current research interests are targeted at assessment of pain modulation, mainly  by the CPM (Conditioned Pain Modulation) mechanism, and its implementation in pain therapy.  



National Speakers

Andrew Briggs

Associate Professor Andrew Briggs

Associate Professor Andrew Briggs’ career has included senior roles in clinical practice, research and health policy. He co-leads a team whose programme of research is focussed on evaluation and implementation of health policy for musculoskeletal health, and examining and closing evidence-practice gaps in musculoskeletal healthcare with a focus on persistent pain, inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Andrew is a member of the Victorian WorkSafe Authority Clinical Panel; the Minister-appointed Victorian Musculoskeletal Clinical Leadership Group; and is a Senior Advisor in policy, research and knowledge exchange at Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria. Andrew held a senior position in the Western Australian Department of Health for several years, responsible for leading the development and implementation of health policy for chronic diseases with a particular focus on musculoskeletal conditions and now continues that work in Victoria.

Dianne Crellin

Dianne Crellin

Dianne Crellin holds a joint appointment as a Nurse Practitioner/Lecturer at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and The University of Melbourne. Di is also clinical researcher and provides supervision for medical and nursing research students. One of her areas of research interests is pain assessment and management. She is a PhD candidate and her thesis is entitled Procedural pain assessment in infants and young children: the psychometrics of behavioural scales - the aim of which is to identify an appropriate scale for procedural pain assessment which can be used clinically and for research purposes.

Roger Goucke

Dr Roger Goucke

Dr Roger Goucke trained initially in anaesthesia, however has practised for the last 10 years primarily in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care.  He is currently Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Consultant in the Department of Pain Management at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth Western Australia. He is a past Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and a previous President of the Australian Pain Society. His current interests include: pain management in the developing world, pain in the elderly,  difficult to control cancer pain and self management of chronic disease. His hobbies include cycling, reading (biographies, detective thrillers) and he has recently rekindled his interest in astronomy. 

Rainer Viktor Haberberger

Professor Rainer Viktor Haberberger

Professor Rainer Haberberger is Head of the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab and Convenor of the Centre for Neuroscience, Flinders University, Adelaide. He studied Human Biology (Medical Research) at the Philipps-University in Marburg, and worked at Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany until 2005. He was awarded a Mary Overton Neuroscience Fellowship and started to work within the Centre for Neuroscience, Flinders from 2005. He has been Professor and Head of Anatomy & Histology plus Deputy-Director of years 1 & 2 of the Medical Course since 2014. He is a founding member of the PainAdelaide Stakeholders' Consortium. His main areas of interest are signalling and control of gene expression in peripheral nociception. He received awards including Grants from the International Society for the Study of Pain (IASP), and Australian Brain Foundation. He is and was chief investigator in multiple category one research grants and has received over $1,000,000 of funding. 

Verity Pacey

Dr Verity Pacey

Dr Verity Pacey is senior physiotherapist in the Connective Tissue Dysplasia Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Macquarie University. She has over 10 years paediatric physiotherapy clinical experience during which time she has specialised in the physiotherapy management of children with connective tissue disorders with a particular focus on the management of generalised joint hypermobility and related symptoms. Verity holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University and PhD from the University of Sydney.  Her ongoing research is directed at providing a better understanding of  the impact of connective tissue disorders on the daily life of children, and identifying the most effective ways to manage associated symptoms.

Helen Slater

Associate Professor Helen Slater

Associate Professor Helen Slater is a clinical researcher and senior academic in the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Helen’s key area of interest is translational musculoskeletal pain research: investigating understanding the mechanisms underlying acute and persistent musculoskeletal pain using experimental and clinical human pain models; policy-into-practice implementations of current best practice in musculoskeletal pain management; translational interdisciplinary pain education and clinical studies on the mechanisms and complex nature of persistent musculoskeletal pain.

Tasha Stanton

Dr Tasha Stanton

Dr Tasha Stanton is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of South Australia, Adelaide and Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney. Dr Stanton currently holds an NHRMC Early Career Fellowship (2014-2018). She has received >$1.7m in competitive research funding and has been a keynote/invited speaker at 20 national and international conferences. Her research focusses on clinical pain neuroscience, with a specific interest in cortical body representation, somatosensation, multi-modal illusions, and pain.

Chris Vaughan

Dr Chris Vaughan

Dr Chris Vaughan is head of the Cellular Research Group at the Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney. Dr Vaughan’s research has focussed on the mechanisms underlying chronic pain and the actions of pain relieving drugs. A key aim of this work is to identify novel drug therapies for the treatment of chronic pain. Much of this work has been focussed on developing pharmacotherapies, based upon the plant Cannabis sativa, which might be used to engage the body’s own cannabis-like neurotransmitter system. 

Ben Wand

Professor Ben Wand

Ben is currently the coordinator of musculoskeletal studies for the Physiotherapy program at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He completed his original physiotherapy degree, as well as post graduate qualifications in sports science and manipulative physiotherapy in Sydney. He undertook his PhD at Brunel University in London on physiotherapy management of low back pain. His current research interests include the role of central nervous system dysfunction in chronic low back pain and physiotherapy management of chronic spinal pain. 


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