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2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting

2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting In the IASP Global Year About Back PainConference: 19 - 20 April 2021 | Pre-Conference Workshops: 11 April 2021 | Virtual

Meet the Experts

Meet the Expert sessions are sponsored run sessions. Registrations can be done through the online form, however the session will be open to all delegates within the virtual portal.

Monday 19 April, 8.40 - 9.00 am AEST 

Clinician performed, or point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is a growing requirement of the clinicians skills set. Many doctors ask, “Where do I start?”, “What do I need to know?”, “what is best practice” for using handheld, portable ultrasound.

In this session clinicians will with learn about:

  • POCUS – Why you should be using it
  • Training Choices and Support
  • Tips for skill development
  • Best practice protocols to ensure safety
  • LSPN and accessing MBS

There will be time for questions and discussion. This information provided in this session is general in nature and not specific to any brand of ultrasound equipment.

Kylie Kratzke (GDipAppSci(MU)) is a medical diagnostic sonographer with over 16 years of experience and a strong background in clinical education and training.

She has trained and up-skilled many students, trainees and qualified sonographers, provided supervision for clinicians undertaking formal ultrasound training and established training and education programs for both small and large radiology departments such as Qld Heath and I-Med.

 Kylie currently works part-time in a busy radiology clinic and also with Medistar.  At Medistar, Kylie provides clinical and technical advice to support clients purchasing a handheld ultrasound machine for point of care applications. Within this role she has identified a need for advice, learning, support and structure in the rapidly emerging field of POCUS.




Monday 19 April, 4.15 - 4.55 pm AEST 


Managing patients pain post the TGA reforms

Over the past decade, Australia has experienced a significant increase in the level of harm and deaths arising from the use of pharmaceutical opioids. To minimise the harm caused by opioid prescription medicines to Australians each year, a number of regulatory changes have been implemented. These reforms together with the COVID-19 pandemic, have posed unique challenges for healthcare professionals managing pain.

Dr Marc Russo, Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, will cover information related to the opioid crisis in Australia and the initiatives taken by government in response, providing his expert comment and insight. There will be opportunity for Q&A during the session.

Dr Marc Russo (MBBS DA (UK) FANZCA FFPMANZCA) is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and Fellow of the Australian and  New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. He is the Director of the Hunter Pain Clinic, Sydney Pain Specialists, Hamilton  Day Surgery , Genesis Research Services and Co-Director of the Innervate Pain Management Program. Hunter  Pain Clinic in Newcastle is a Tier 2 training facility for Faculty of Pain Medicine. Dr. Russo provides a multidisciplinary approach to pain management.