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2023 Australian Pain Society 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting

2023 Australian Pain Society 43rd Annual Scientific MeetingIn the IASP Global Year for Integrative Pain Care02 - 05 April 2023 | National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

Free Paper Sessions

Free paper sessions will be held on Tuesday 04 April 2023, 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, Tuesday 28 February 2023 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 Across the Lifespan- Assessment, Intervention and Outcomes 

  • A/Professor Cindy Wall, Charles Darwin University, NT: The role of pain self-efficacy and pain catastrophising in the relationship between chronic pain and depression: A moderated mediation model
  • Ms Prudence Butler, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, QLD: Injury perceptions, pain and mental health after isolated extremity trauma in adults: Baseline data from a longitudinal cohort study
  • Ms Ava Curtin, University of New South Wales, NSW: Risk of Bias and Reporting Quality of Randomised Controlled Trials in Paediatric Pain Research: A Cross-Sectional Study
  • Ms Nell Norman-Nott, University of New South Wales, NSW: Emotion-centric psychological interventions for chronic pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Ms Nicole Pope, The University of Melbourne & The Royal Children's Hospital, VIC: Inpatient Portals for Paediatric Pain Care: Perspectives of Primary Caregivers and Youth

Free Paper Session 2 - Opioids and Outcomes in  Acute and Chronic Settings

  • Ms Ria Hopkins, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, NSW: “We didn’t cause the opioid epidemic”: The experience of being prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain at a time of increasing restrictions
  • Dr Mustafa Atee, The Dementia Centre, HammondCare, WA: Opioid use in people with dementia: A prevalence study from Australian dementia-specific behaviour support programs
  • Ms Caitlin Jones, The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, NSW: Opioid  analgesics for musculoskeletal pain in emergency departments: Systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Professor Suzanne Nielsen, Monash University, VIC: Comparing Tapentadol and Oxycodone as discharge opioids on persistent postoperative opioid use
  • Ms Elouise Comber, University of Queensland, QLD: Characteristics of patients receiving long-term intrathecal opioid infusions for management of chronic pain: A comparison with normative data derived from pain clinic populations in Australia and New Zealand

Free Paper Session 3 - Musculoskeletal Pain Update

  • Dr Tessa Beerstra, Queensland Health, QLD: Back pain without disease or substantial injury in children and adolescents: A twin family study investigating genetic influence and associations
  • Dr Mark Catley, University of South Australia, SA: Exploring barriers to the use of psychosocial screening questionnaires in musculoskeletal practice
  • Mr Yannick Gilanyi, University of New South Wales, NSW: Exercise increases pain self-efficacy in adults with non-specific chronic low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Ms Brishna Shah, University of New South Wales, NSW: Analgesic medicines for acute low back pain: A systematic review and component network meta-analysis
  • Dr Yanfei Xie: The University of Queensland, QLD: Association between the serum Vitamin D status and chronic pain: A cross-sectional analysis of UK biobank data

Free Paper Session 4 - Recent Advances in Human Pain Research

  • Mr Fernando Mendoza Tinoco, University of Sydney, NSW: Altered blood flow association with spinal cord injury and the neural changes driving chronic pain
  • Mr Michael Ferraro, Neuroscience Research Australia, NSW: Interventions for treating pain and disability in adults with complex regional pain syndrome- an overview of systematic reviews
  • Mr Jackson Karrasch, The University of Sydney, NSW: Investigating peripheral immune activation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome using imaging mass cytometry
  • Ms Rebecca Robertson, The University of Sydney, NSW: Increased peak alpha speed with chronic neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury
  • Dr Amelia Searle, Flinders Medical Centre Pain Management Unit, SA: A rigorous long-term multidisciplinary approach to spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in a tertiary pain clinic: Preliminary outcomes

Free Paper Session 5 - NEWS from the LAB- Preclinical Research Data Blast


  • Professor Maree Smith, The University of Queensland, QLD: Addressing morphne hyposensitivity in a rat model of longterm diabetes-induced painful diabetic neuropathy
  • Dr Damien Boorman, The University Of Sydney, NSW: Learning pain in context: New preclinical models of placebo analgesia and nocebo hyperalgesia in rats with chronic neuropathic pain
  • Ms Zoe Kodila, Monash University, VIC: A preclinical model of combined neonatal and postnatal trauma on dam health and pup behavioural and nociceptive outcomes
  • Ms Sabrina Salberg, Monash University, VIC: Investigating the brain-gut-immune axis: Sex-dependent microbiome changes following early adversity are associated with nociceptive sensitivity in adolescence
  • Ms Marissa Sgro, Monash University, VIC: The gut microbiome differentially alters pain sensitivity and systemic inflammatory cytokine levels in adolescent and adult rats following repetitive mild traumatic brain injury

 Free Paper Session 6 - A Digital Lens on Pain Management

  • Dr Nicole Andrews, The University of Queensland, QLD: Improving interdisciplinary group-based pain management program uptake and attendance: A needs analysis
  • Dr Nicole Andrews: The University of Queensland, QLD: Acceptability of a pain education chatbot across different age groups: designing and pilot testing the dolores mobile app
  • Dr Andrew Claus, Tess Cramond Pain and Research Centre, QLD: For people with persistent pain, can 6-minute walk test performance be measured via smartphone global positioning instead of a 30m track?
  • Dr Scott Farrell, The University of Queensland, QLD: Association between blood c-reactive protein, vitamin d and future chronic musculoskeletal pain: A longitudinal study using the UK biobank
  • Ms Ria Hopkins, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, NSW: Three year subsidised health service utilisation among Australians prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain