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2017 Australian Pain Society 37th Annual Scientific Meeting

2017 Australian Pain Society 37th Annual Scientific MeetingExpanding Horizons9 - 12 April 2017 | Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia

Free Paper Sessions

Free paper sessions will be held on Tuesday 11 April 2017, from 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm.

Please click below for session outlines and speakers. Speakers are given 10 minutes to present their paper, followed by 5 minutes for Q&A.

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4  Session 5  Session 6

Authors must register by the early bird deadline, Friday 24 February 2017 to ensure their free paper is kept in the program. Authors who do not register by this date may have their paper removed from the program. Any questions should be sent to the Conference Secretariat.

Free Paper Session 1 - Pain in childhood and adolescence

  • Ms Anna Hilyard – Interdisciplinary cognitive behavioural paediatric pain management improves pain intensity, physical and psychological function
  • Mr Robert Waller – Are physical activity and sedentary behaviour associated with pain sensitivity in community-based young adults?
  • Ms Erin Brown – Painful implications of parents’ distress during young paediatric burns medical procedures: An observational study
  • Ms Cate Sinclair – Sensitivity to context: The associations between sensory processing, pain and function for children and adolescents with chronic pain
  • Mrs Karin Plummer – The experience of pain in children undergoing Haematopoietic Stem Cell transplantation therapy
  • Mr Simon Walsh – Does adherence to treatment mediate the relationship between patients’ treatment expectations and the outcome of disability after a multidisciplinary chronic pain management program?

Free Paper Session 2 – Understanding mechanisms of pain

  • Dr Christine Barry – Inflammation induces innervation changes in the murine vagina
  • Mr Aaron Giles - Early-life inflammation alters the expression of stress-responsive elements at sites
  • critical for expression of the affective-motivational component of the pain response in adults
  • Miss Friederike Uhlig – Modulation of visceral sensitivity by bacterial mediators produced by staphylococcus aureus
  • Ms Zeynab Alshelh – Altered infra-slow oscillations and pain
  • Mrs Rochelle Peterson - Characterisation of a class of sensory neurons within skeletal muscle in vitro
  • Dr Jason Ivanusic – Noxious mechanical stimulation activates sensory neurons hat innervate bone marrow and may involve piezo2 signalling

Free Paper Session 3 – Pain epidemiology and assessment

  • Professor Fiona Blyth – Inclusion of overseas-born Australians in pain-related clinical trials conducted in Australia: Lost in translation?
  • Ms Anne Burke – Waiting for chronic pain treatment: Patient impact, service issues and practice implications
  • Dr Allan Riis – Predictive ability of the start back tool: An ancillary analysis of a cluster randomised controlled trial from Danish general practice
  • Ms Alison Flehr – Epidemiology of trauma history and pain outcomes: A retrospective cohort study of community based Australian women
  • Ms Linda Mcauliffe – Pain in older adults: Measuring knowledge of residential aged care staff
  • Mr Mustafa Atee – Reliability of the electronic pain assessment tool (ePat) in residents with moderate to severe dementia: A pilot study


Free Paper Session 4 – Neck pain and headaches

  • Dr Annick Maujean – An investigation of the relationship between post-traumatic stress symptoms and neck pain-related disability in acute/subacute whiplash injury
  • Ms Noemi Meylakh – Unique infra-slow oscillatory activity in the prodrome phase of migraine
  • Mrs Maria Eliza Aguila – Distinguishing migraine from non-migraine headaches based on pain, disability and neck impairments
  • Miss Kasia Marciszewski – Brainstem grey matter density changes in interictal migraineurs
  • Dr Scott Farrell – Pain and lateral atlantoaxial joint meniscoid volume in chronic whiplash-associated disorder
  • Dr Anna Devlin – Association between PTSD symptoms, fear-avoidance beliefs, self-efficacy and pain disability in patients with chronic pain

Free Paper Session 5 – Perspectives on musculoskeletal pain

  • Mr Tribikram Thapa – Homeostatic plasticity in the primary motor cortex of patients with non-specific chronic low back pain
  • Ms Amy Watson – The musculoskeletal dementia pain scale (mdps): Development and validation
  • Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon – Greater pain tolerance associated with pain related cognition in ultra-runners
  • Miss Emily Mills – Altered brainstem neural activity in musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain
  • Mrs Tania Gardner – Goal setting practice in chronic low back pain. What are we really doing?
  • Miss Anna Marcuzzi – Quantitative sensory test responses are similar in acute back pain and pain-free groups, but cold pain sensitivity distinguishes individuals with different pain severity

Free Paper Session 6 – Pain pharmacology

  • Miss Natasha Stark – A prospective observational cohort study to determine the prevalence and predictors of prolonged post-surgical opioid use
  • Dr Sherelle Casey – Interactions between cannabis constituents in an animal model of neuropathic pain
  • Mr Brandon Wong - Post-discharge pain and functional outcomes following paediatric appendicectomy and tonsillectomy
  • Mr Lincoln Tracy – Intranasal oxytocin increases salience of noxious thermal stimuli in women
  • Dr Julia Gilmartin – Australian opioid use for osteoarthritis: Projecting future burden
  • Dr Gabrielle Campbell – Defining problematic pharmaceutical opioid use among people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain: Do different measures identify the same patients?