Australian Pain Society 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting
1 - 4 April 2012 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Victoria.
Integrated Perspective of Pain: People, Policies, Science Education
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Keynote Speakers


International Keynote Speakers

Nadine Attal

Dr Nadine Attal

Dr Attal heads the Clinical Pain Center at Ambroise Pare Hospital, Boulogne France. Her research focuses on neuropathic pain and she is a member of the U 987 INSERM Pain Research Unit. (dir D.Bouhassira) Dr Attal has authored 75+ journal articles, 50+ book chapters and belongs to the Society for Neuro- science, the IASP, American Pain Society, French Society on Pain and French Society of Neurology.

Allan Basbaum

Professor Allan Basbaum

Professor Basbaum is Chair of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco. He has published 300+ papers on his research into the transmission and control of pain messages and molecular mechanisms underlying persist- ent pain onset after tissue or nerve injury. Dr Basbaum is Editor-in-Chief of Pain, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Journal.

Celeste Johnston

Professor Celeste Johnston

Professor Johnston is from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.  She specialises in researching infant pain and has published 100+ articles and contributed to 12+ book chapters. She won the 2007 Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award, is a member the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Council and served as President of the Canadian Pain Society 2000 - 2003.



Invited Speakers

Karen  Berkley

Professor Karen Berkley

Professor Berkley is the MacKenzie Professor, Program In Neuroscience at Florida State University. Professor Berkley received her PhD in 1963 from University of Washington, Seattle, Dept. Physiology/Biophysics. She has published over 130 scientific articles, served on editorial boards of ten scientific journals, was a councillor for the Society for Neuroscience and the International Association for the Study of Pain, is currently a councillor for the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, served on three committees of the USA National Academy of Sciences, and speaks often at international scientific/medical conferences. For 48 years, she has studied neural mechanisms of pelvic pain. She is also involved in translational issues concerning women’s health and sex and gender differences in pain. 

Fiona Blyth

Associate Professor Fiona Blyth

Associate Professor Fiona Blyth is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health physician at the University of Sydney.She is recognized both nationally and internationally for her work in the field of pain epidemiology, including characterising pain as a public health problem and the impact of pain on older people.

Tony Davis

Dr Tony Davis

Dr Davis currently works at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, with speciality attachments to the Pain Management Unit (PMU) and the Neuropsychiatry Units. He has had a clinical link with the PMU since 1984. He also works as a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and runs a busy private practice in the city. 

Benny Katz

Associate Professor Benny Katz

Benny Katz is a consultant geriatrician and pain specialist from St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and an adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care at LaTrobe University. He has a long standing interest in pain management for older people and has authored many articles and chapters on this topic. He is currently the vice president of the IASP special interest group on pain in older persons.


Kevin Keay

Professor Kevin Keay

Professor Kevin Keay is Head of the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology at the University of Sydney. He also leads the Laboratory of Neural Structure and Function, an active research group whose major focus is understanding the neural bases of pain and disability following injury. Recent work from the laboratory has shown that some of the animal models used in basic research to study neuropathic pain resemble the human clinical presentation more closely than previously appreciated. 

Kieran Le Pastrier

Dr Kieran Le Pastrier

Dr Le Plastrier graduated from Monash University in 2002, undertaking his clinical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) as a basic surgical trainee, before discovering his passion for psychiatry. As a student he played an active role as an executive member of the rural students’ association, and later was elected president for two consecutive years of the resident medical officers’ society of the RMH. From 2005 to 2007 he served as a research assistant in exercise physiology, co-authoring papers on AMPK and glucose metabolism, and completed a Masters of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. On behalf of one of Australia’s leading medical defence organisations, Kieran commenced work in 2005 on a comprehensive corpus of innovative multimedia education programs for medical students and doctors at all stages of their career, focussing on medico-legal issues and professionalism. His work has been delivered to thousands of doctors and students in the past 6 years, much of this under his facilitation. Kieran is a regular invited speaker at medical education conferences, universities and learned college events at national and international forums. He is undertaking his PhD with the University of Western Sydney; examining dimensions of professionalism and education theory; holds directorship at one of Australia’s most prestigious poetry presses; and is the Principal Director for The G7 Medical Consulting Pty Ltd.

Lorimer Moseley

Professor Lorimer Moseley

Professor Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist. He runs the Body in Mind Research Group at UniSA & Neuroscience Research Australia. He has written over 80 papers, two books and numerous book chapters. 

Paul Rolan

Professor Paul Rolan

Paul is a clinical pharmacologist who has spent much of his career in early phase drug development largely in the UK. He has a longstanding interest in headache management and current clinical practice is in headache management within the RAH multidisciplinary Pain Clinic. Since being back in Australia since 2005 his research focus has been on investigating biomarkers for pain; trialling new treatment for pain and investigating immune-directed therapies for pain. He is a member of the National Medicines Policy Committee and is involved in the development of the NMP’s National Opioid Policy.

David Scott

Associate Professor David Scott

David Scott is Associate Professor and Director of Anaesthesia at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. He was Director of the Acute Pain Service at St. Vincent’s since its inception in 1990 until 2010. He has clinical and research interests in a wide range of areas including Regional Anaesthesia and Acute Pain management and has researched and published extensively in these areas including a number of book chapters. He also has interests in cardiac anaesthesia and the short and long term cognitive impacts of anaesthesia. He completed a PhD on neuropathic pain in 2004. He is especially interested in how neuropathic pain relates to the acute postoperative patient and the safety of acute pain management.

Michele Sterling

Associate Professor Michele Sterling

Professor Michele Sterling is Associate Director of the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD), The University of Qld and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.

Michele leads the Rehabilitation (Medicine and Allied Health) program at CONROD. Her research focuses are 1) the biological and psychological factors underlying chronic pain development following minor injury, particularly whiplash associated disorders; 2) the prediction of outcome following whiplash injury; 3) improving the timing and nature of interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain and 4) translation of research findings to clinical practice. Michele has received over $7M in competitive research funding and has published over 80 papers and two books in the areas of whiplash and musculoskeletal pain. In early 2011, Michele co-organised an International Summit on Whiplash Associated Disorders which was attended by key researchers in this area. The outcomes of the Summit have been recently published in Spine. 

Carl von Baeyer

Professor Carl von Baeyer

Prof. von Baeyer, a clinical psychologist, worked for the first third of his career in adult chronic pain and for the last two-thirds in paediatric pain. In retirement he is continuing his research on assessment and measurement of pain in children, see He has collaborated on numerous projects since 1996 with the Pain Research Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW.

Paul Wrigley

Dr Paul Wrigley

Dr Paul Wrigley has senior clinical, teaching and research appointments in Pain Medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital and the University of Sydney. He has received awards for both research and clinical practice and serves on a number of state and national committees concerned with pain education and delivery of service.