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2022 Australian Pain Society 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting

2022 Australian Pain Society 42nd Annual Scientific MeetingIn the IASP Global Year for Translating Pain Knowledge to Practice10 - 13 April 2022 | Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart TAS

Free Paper Sessions

Free paper sessions will be held on Tuesday 12 April 2022, from 1.45 pm - 3.00 pm.

Please click below for session outlines and speakers. Speakers are given 9 minutes to present their paper, followed by 3 minutes for Q&A.

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4  Session 5 Session 6

Authors must register by the early bird deadline, Monday 28 February 2022 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 – Update on Musculoskeletal Pain                                        

  • Dr Matthew Jones, UNSW Sydney, NSW:The influence of education on pain responses to acute exercise in people with knee osteoarthritis     
  • Ms Erin Macintyre, University Of South Australia, SA: Assessing spatial perception in people with knee osteoarthritis using virtual reality        
  • Dr Scott Farrell, University of Queensland, QLD: Developmental trajectories of pain sensitivity and disability following whiplash injury
  • Miss Edel O'Hagan, Neuroscience Research Australia, SA: Does poor sleep quality lead to increased low back pain the following day?  
  • Dr Adrian Traeger, University of Sydney, NSW: Effect of a waiting room communication strategy on imaging rates and awareness of public health messages for low back pain in the emergency department


Free Paper Session 2 – Latest News from the Lab - Experimental Pain Studies                 

  • Professor Maree Smith, The University Of Queensland, QLD: Anti-allodynic efficacy of the small molecule somatostatin receptor subtype 4 agonist, J-2156, in a rat model of painful diabetic neuropathy
  • Miss Marissa Sgro, Monash University, VIC: Gut microbiome depletion and repetitive mild traumatic brain injury differentially alter pain sensitivity in adolescent and adult rats
  • Ms Sabrina Salberg, Monash University, VIC: The impact of early life adversity on the chronicity of pain, inflammation, and microglia in the adolescent brain
  • Dr Flavia Di Pietro, Curtin University, WA: An investigation of tactile acuity in acute experimental limb pain
  • Mr Lewis Crawford, The University Of Sydney, NSW: Distinct cortico-midbrain connectivity patterns mediate placebo responsivity in healthy humans
  • Dr Nathan Fiore, University Of New South Wales, NSW: Interleukin-35 relieves mechanical pain via inhibiting microglial activation following nerve injury 


Free Paper Session 3 – Opioids: Challenges and Recommendations

  • Ms Ria Hopkins, UNSW Sydney, NSW: Self-reported challenges obtaining ongoing prescription opioids among Australians with chronic non-cancer pain
  • Mr Michael Magee, University of Sydney: Development of a mobile health intervention to support people with chronic pain during opioid taperin: A co-design approach
  • Ms Amy McNeilage, The University Of Sydney, NSW: Expectations and motivations for opioid tapering in patients with chronic pain: A qualitative study
  • Professor Paul Glare, Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW: Pain catastrophising is associated with high-dose opioids in patients with cancer-related pain
  • Ms Amelia Mardon, University Of South Australia, SA: Treatment recommendations for the management of persistent pelvic pain: A systematic review of international clinical practice guidelines
  • Dr Gerardo Arwi, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA: Effect of Guideline Implementation on Consumption, Storage, and Disposal Patterns of Unused Prescribed Opioids: An Analysis of 200 Surgical Patients

Free Paper Session 4 – Cranial and Cervical Pain; Focus on Migraine & Whiplash            

  • Dr Jo Dudeney, Macquarie University, NSW: Does one size fit all? Transdiagnostic psychological interventions for adults with headache conditions
  • Dr Noemi Meylakh, University Of Sydney, NSW: Investigating hypothalamic and brainstem pain circuitries in chronic migraine using ultra-high resolution magnetic resonance imaging
  • Dr Rutger de Zoete, The University Of Adelaide, SA: Aerobic versus strengthening exercise therapy for individuals with chronic whiplash associated disorder: A randomised multiple baseline single case experimental design study
  • Dr Carrie Ritchie, University Of Queensland, QLD: Habitual physical activity levels of individuals with chronic whiplash associated disorder compared with aged-matched healthy controls
  • Mrs Aimie Peek, University Of Sydney, NSW: Levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the anterior cingulate cortex increases as people’s symptoms of chronic migraine improve
  • Dr Jo Dudeney, Macquarie University, NSW: Are psychological interventions efficacious for adults with migraine? A systematic review and meta-analysis                                               

Free Paper Session 5 – Rethinking and Deep Thinking about Service Provision & Outcomes

  • Dr Melita Giummarra, Alfred Health, VIC: A mixed methods evaluation of group pain management programs using telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Dr Tania Gardner, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW: Telephone support improves early engagement with a web-based pain program – a randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of adjunct telephone support on adherence and outcomes of the “Reboot Online” pain management program
  • Dr Amelia Searle, Flinders Medical Centre, SA: Exploring the views of people failing to attend introductory group pain education sessions
  • Dr Andrew Claus, Tess Cramond Pain and Research Centre, QLD: Identifying the gaps to close: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s profile from the electronic persistent pain outcomes collaboration
  • Mr Mustafa Atee, The Dementia Centre, Hammondcare, WA: Pain and behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD): An association study from Australian dementia-specific behaviour support programs
  • Ms Ria Hopkins, UNSW Sydney, NSW: Understanding the accessibility of pain management and other health services by Australians living with chronic pain

Free Paper Session 6 – Pain across the Lifespan                                          

  • Professor Jeffery Hughes, Curtin University, WA: PAINCHEK® Infant: Technology to make infant pain visible
  • A/Professor David Champion, Sydney Children`s Hospital, NSW: A history of iron deficiency is associated with primary and chronic pain disorders in children and adolescents, and in adults
  • Mr Michael Ferraro, Neuroscience Research Australia, SA: Implanted spinal neuromodulation interventions for chronic pain in adults
  • Mr Tom Su, University Of New South Wales, NSW: Ionic direct current-mediated peripheral neuromodulation as a potential therapy for chronic neuropathic pain
  • Mr Kevin Wernli, Curtin University, WA: The longitudinal relationship between movement, posture, and persistent, disabling low back pain. A replicated single-case design of 12 people
  • Dr Matthew Jones, UNSW Sydney, NSW: Effects of a single exercise session on pain intensity in adults with chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis