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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

Topical Sessions

Please click below for session outlines and confirmed speakers

Topical Sessions 1 - Monday 03 April 2023, 10.45 am - 12.15 pm

Topical Sessions 2 - Monday 03 April 2023, 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Topical Sessions 3 - Tuesday 04 April 2023, 10.45 am – 12.15 pm

Topical Sessions 1
Monday 03 April 2023, 10.45 am - 12.15 pm

1A: Novel approaches for the delivery of pain therapeutics
Chair: Professor Jason Ivanusic, University of Melbourne, VIC 

Recent advances in the design of novel drug delivery systems present an exciting and new opportunity in the field of pain medicine. There has been a rapidly growing interest in systems that might improve toxicity or side effect profiles by targeted delivery to specific sites in the body, increase drug upload or bioavailability, and/or provide prolonged drug release. The speakers in this session will each discuss the development and application of a novel drug delivery system designed to target a very specific aspect of pain biology. Susan Hua will discuss the potential of lipid-based nanoparticulate systems to target and treat inflammation and pain. Lipin Loo will highlight the development of a cell therapy that boosts inhibition in the spinal cord, through spinal injection of “pain killer” inhibitory neurons (derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells; iPSC). Nick Veldhuis will discuss recent approaches to utilizing "smart" nanoparticles that can release a drug payload in a pH-responsive manner, or direct drugs to specific intracellular sites using lipid-conjugates as membrane anchors. Participants will learn how these novel drug delivery systems might impart unique properties on drugs, to increase their efficacy and/or minimize safety concerns, and how they could be used to repurpose previously failed analgesics.

A/Professor Susan Hua, University of Newcastle, NSW
Dr Lipin Loo, University of Sydney, NSW
Dr Nick Veldhuis, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, VIC 

1B: Intervention Pain Medicine: Getting the most out of our procedures and exploring what is new
Chair: Dr Mazyar Danesh, Multidisciplinary Sydney Pain Centre, NSW

The session has three components exploring three key facets of interventional pain practice by three experienced interventional physicians. It begins with Rob Wright,  a sensational speaker and highly respected pain physician whose depth of knowledge, skilled presenting and ability to pose provoking questions to stimulate new thoughts in a practical manner is a genuine delight. This is an engaging and practical review looking at the big questions of where procedures fit, what they can achieve and how we can maximise outcomes.

The second part of the session is a  nitty gritty review of of key neuromodulation procedures and what procedures are coming next by Canberra's very own and highly respected Romil Jain- former director of the pain service and founder of the  ACT pain centre.

Then Alan Nazha, another engaging and respected interventional physician  reviews restorative therapies. Procedures for painful pathology have evolved over time, historically from surgical excision, fixation and restructure to ablative and stimulative therapies. However, further refinement of the pathway has occurred with the introduction of stimulative therapies that are also "restorative". This talk will look at interventional restorative therapies particularly that of the novel method of Multifidus stimulation for non radicular nociceptive chronic lower back pain.

Dr Robert Wright, Sydney Pain Management Centre, NSW
Dr  Romil Jain, ACT Pain Centre, ACT
Dr  Alan Nazha, Sydney Pain Specialists, NSW 

1C: Leveraging digital health solutions to improve equitable and timely access to pain care for young people living with persistent pain
Chair: Dr Ross Drake, Starship Children's Health, New Zealand

Dr Lord will outline gaps between demand and capacity of pain services for youth. ePPOC digital data-capture reveals characteristics of youth awaiting pain care, and enables equity-tracking and improvement. Understanding where youth seek care, what they receive, and patient-reported outcomes informs digitally enabled solutions. Susie will posit the ethical question: to what extent might digital education and therapy solutions plug gaps…equitably?

Dr. Stinson will discuss creation, evaluation, and implementation of a stepped-care virtual solution [Power Over Pain (PoP) Portal] to improve equitable timely access. The online PoP Portal includes: self-assessment tools, pain neuroscience education, CBT-based interventions, and peer navigation, that are applied adaptively based on participant preferences in stepped care approach. Dr Stinson will discuss consumer co-design, and its implementation and impact in a diverse sample of youth.

Dr Slater will present the youngpainhealth digital platform, co-designed with Australian young people for young people with musculoskeletal pain. As an adjunct to clinical care, youngpainhealth will function as a gateway to a health informatics infrastructure with AI-capabilities co-designed to support youth seamlessly and rapidly access tailored care in their natural environments.

Dr Susan Lord, John Hunter Children's Hospital, NSW
Professor Jennifer Stinson, The Sick Children's Hospital, Toronto
Professor Helen Slater, Curtin University, WA

1D: A biopsychosocial approach to exercise and movement – an interactive practical session
Chair: Mr Brendan Mouatt, University of South Australia, SA 

Prescribing exercise within a biopsychosocial (BPS) framework for persisting low back pain is a component of guideline care, however, qualitative evidence suggests clinicians lack confidence in applying these principles to exercise in the clinic.

In the first half of the session, four early- and mid-career researchers will discuss a theoretical basis for BPS exercise prescription. Physiotherapist Erin Macintyre will introduce affordances and what influences action-possibilities, Exercise Physiologist Mitchell Gibbs will discuss the role of exercise in BPS interventions and explore how the biomedical origins of exercise has influenced current practice, and Exercise Physiologist Matthew Jones will discuss addressing multimorbidity in chronic pain presentations through a BPS patient-centred lens. Next, Exercise Physiologist Brendan Mouatt will explore a patient experience underpinned by a contemporary sense making model.

In the second half of the session, presenters Erin, Mitchell, and Matthew, will interactively explore how their respective presentation can be applied in the case of the patient experience presented by Brendan. Collectively, with the participants of the session, we will formulate a BPS management plan. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion.

This topical session is designed for health professionals working with people with persisting pain and fear avoidance behaviours.

Dr Mitchell Gibbs, University Of New South Wales, NSW
Dr Matthew  Jones, Neuroscience Research Australia, NSW
Ms Erin Macintyre, University of South Australia, SA
Mr Brendan Mouatt, University of South Australia, SA 

1E: Opioid Analgesics – an update on best practice guidance
Chair: Professor Christine Lin, The University Of Sydney, NSW 

Opioid analgesics are one of the most commonly used analgesics. But opioid use is associated with harms, from common adverse events such as vomiting and constipation to serious adverse events such as misuse, hospitalisations and death.

This topical session will provide an update on the effectiveness of opioids and present two recent national opioid guidelines. Participants will apply one of the guidelines in an interactive session – come ready to share your thoughts on the feasibility and acceptability of applying the guideline in practice! 

Prof Christine Lin will present recent evidence that challenges conventional wisdom that opioids are effective in managing acute pain. 

Mr Steve Waller and Dr Chris Hayes will present the Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, including how the Standard can be used to improve practice.

Dr Carl Schneider will moderate an interactive session in a world café format, where small groups of participants and a facilitator will apply the Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard using clinical vignettes. 

Ms Aili Langford will present recommendations for opioid deprescribing from the NHMRC-endorsed Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline for Deprescribing Opioid Analgesics.

Mr Steve Waller, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, NSW
Dr Chris Hayes, John Hunter Hospital, NSW
Dr Carl Schneider, The University Of Sydney, NSW
Ms Aili Langford, Monash University, VIC 

1F: Long COVID and pain: Epidemiological, psychological and clinical considerations
Chair: A/Professor Anne Burke, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been vast, and the population-level health effect continues to evolve.  Although most people recover quickly after contracting COVID-19, some do not and a few struggle with what has now been termed ‘Long COVID’.  Long COVID clinics are emerging as part of the health system response to the sequelae of the pandemic and pain-related presentations are common in these settings.  As such, this session will explore up-to-date information about the epidemiology, clinical impact and treatment of Long COVID.

First, A/Professor Bette Liu will present the epidemiological perspective of Long COVID; explaining key definitions and exploring current data about prevalence and risk factors.  Professor Phil Batterham will then discuss the mental health impacts of Long COVID; exploring the complex relationships between physical, mental and social determinants of health and examining the impact of public health measures such as vaccination.  Professor Steven Faux will then explore the clinical phenotypes of pain associated with Long COVID, present current treatment guidelines for the management of this condition and discuss the evolving evidence regarding clinical outcomes. In the final part of the session, the audience will be invited to participate in a facilitated Q&A, providing a valuable opportunity to draw on the expertise of the panel to help answer your questions about pain and Long COVID.

A/Professor Bette Liu, University of New South Wales, NSW
Professor Philip Batterham, The Australian National University, ACT
Professor Steven Faux, St Vincent’s Hospital, NSW

Topical Sessions 2
Monday 03 April 2023, 01.30 pm - 03.00 pm 

2A: How sleep affects pain: evidence from experiments in animals and humans
Chair: Dr Natalia Egorova-Brumley, University Of Melbourne, VIC 

Poor sleep exacerbates pain and coexists with chronic pain up to 90% of the time. Increasingly more evidence suggests that sleep might have a stronger causal impact on pain than pain on sleep. One of the ways in which poor sleep influences pain is through increasing systemic inflammation, which in turn facilitates peripheral and central sensitisation. Reduced sleep duration/quality is known to alter pain sensation in both pain and pain-free populations. Understanding which aspects of sleep shape the experience of pain and what mechanisms underlie this relationship has high potential to open new clinical avenues for preventing and reducing chronic pain.

A series of short talks from early and mid-career researchers at the forefront of sleep-pain research will cover recent human and animal studies revealing the mechanism by which sleep influences pain, possibly driving the transition from acute to chronic pain. Topics covered will range from the neuroimmune pathways and circadian rhythms in animal models to the influence of sleep disturbance paradigms on static and dynamic pain sensitivity in humans.

We will conclude with a general panel discussion of how better sleep can enhance pain outcomes, overviewing some non-invasive interventions to improve sleep such as light therapy and physical exercise.  

Dr David Klyne, University of Queensland, QLD
Dr Glenn Yamakawa, Monash University, VIC
Ms Shima Rouhi, University of Melbourne, VIC 

2B: "PICH Down Under": Pain In Child Health Australian Trainee Workshop
Chair: Professor Jennifer Stinson, The Sick Children's Hospital, Toronto 

The Pain in Child Health (PICH) international research training initiative brings together a community of scientists and trainees from across the world dedicated to learning and informing changes in practice to minimise pain and suffering of children and families. This interactive thought-provoking “PICH down-under” workshop, chaired by Prof. Jennifer Stinson from the Pain Management, Research and Education Centre (SickKids Pain Centre), Toronto, will showcase the talent and discoveries of four PICH trainees from around Australia whose work is having international impact on children’s pain. The workshop will provide attendees with diverse and engaging research presentations on exciting innovations, including digital interventions for pain, chronic pain communication and modelling in the school environment, the role of social media in pain education, and addressing the early years of life to target developing beliefs about pain and injury. The workshop will also foster networking opportunities to further paediatric pain clinical practice and research.

Ms Nicole Pope, University of Melbourne, VIC
Dr Rebcecca Fechner, University of Technology, NSW
Dr Sarah Wallwork, University of South Australia, SA

2C: Social interventions for chronic pain: The time is now
Chair: A/Professor Claire Ashton-James, The University of Sydney, NSW 

Members of the Australian Pain Society are familiar with biomedical and psychological approaches to pain management. However, pain is bio-psycho-social. What are we doing to address social aspects of pain in our current approaches to pain management? Systematic reviews of multidisciplinary pain management programs reveal little evidence for social interventions in multidisciplinary pain management. However, we are aware of a growing field of research and community of clinical practice which leverages social connection and relationships between patients and their partners, friends, peers, and community to improve quality of life, functioning, pain, and wellbeing.

This topical workshop presents a clear, evidence-based and patient-centred argument for offering socially-focused interventions to people living with chronic pain. A/Prof Claire Ashton-James (Chair), a social psychologist, introduces the session and describes the findings of her recent scoping review of social interventions for chronic pain. Professor Toby Newton-John, a clinical psychologist, will remind us of the impact of spouses on outcomes in chronic pain, and discuss the feasibility of couples-based interventions in chronic pain management. Dr Fereshteh Pourzekami, a physiotherapist, will present her research into group art classes for people living with chronic pain. Finally, Amy McNeilage, PhD candidate, will present research into digitally-delivered social support for people living with chronic pain.

Our presentations will be brief and informative, followed by a panel discussion involving all speakers, where the Chair will moderate a discussion about barriers to the implementation of social interventions for pain, and how these barriers can be addressed.

A/Professor Claire Ashton-James, The University of Sydney, NSW
Professor Toby Newton-John, University of Technology Sydney, NSW
Dr Fereshteh Pourzakemi, The University of Sydney, NSW
Ms Amy McNeilage, The University of Sydney, NSW 

2D: Strategies to improve health service performance, innovation, and impact to deliver person-centred, efficient, and sustainable pain services in Australia
Chair: A/Prof Anne Burke, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA 

As clinicians and researchers we often focus on clinical outcomes to help people live better lives. How many times, though, have clinical outcome data not been enough to secure ongoing funding? Or to know how to (re)design a service?

This session will explore strategies to improve health service performance, innovation, and impact including staffing models; health service/system data; financial levers; and coproduction with consumers, practitioners, health services, and funders. Ms MacIntyre will share data from the APS ‘Waiting in Pain’ projects to inform service planning. A/Prof Burke will discuss findings from the South Australian state-wide clinical network, exploring how systems data can create financial levers for change. Dr De Morgan will discuss strategies to build collaboration and partnerships with Primary Health Networks and other stakeholders. Dr Devan will discuss how to optimise the lived experience voice in service design/delivery, particularly around co-designing culturally responsive pain services for Indigenous communities.

The second part of this session will involve collaborative discussion. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences related to service planning, re-design, and coproduction to enhance person-centred care, efficiency, and sustainability within their service. Collectively we aim to brainstorm ways to support a better future for pain care in Australia.

A/Prof Anne Burke, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA 
Ms Erin MacIntyre, University Of South Australia, SA
Dr Simone De Morgan, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, NSW
Dr Hemakumar Devan, University of Otago, New Zealand 

2E: Preventing the development of chronic pain
Chair: A/Professor Tasha Stanton, University Of South Australia, SA 

Bringing together cross-disciplinary researchers and clinicians spanning basic science to paediatric and adult human pain conditions, this symposium will explore contributors to the development of chronic pain from adolescence and into adulthood, and how targeting these contributors may hold preventative value and minimize this growing global public health emergency.

Prof Richelle Mychasiuk will discuss her work evaluating the impact of a high-fat high-sugar diet and early life stress on development of pain in an adolescent rodent model. She will provide evidence showing that early life factors induce behavioural changes in anxiety and thermal/mechanical nociception, which are associated with disruption in microglial populations in the brain, as well as reductions in the structural integrity of major white matter tracts. Data on biomarkers that identify and predict dysfunction within the pain system will be presented, highlighting potential translation to clinical populations. Dr Melanie Noel will then discuss the association between chronic pain and trauma, showing that trauma experienced by both youth and their parents matter for the development and maintenance of chronic pain and risk (and resilience) can be intergenerationally transmitted from or even before birth. Evidence for intergenerational transmission of risk for chronic pain development will be presented in traumatic brain injury populations, paediatric surgical cohorts, and in birth cohorts.  Data demonstrating epigenetic and behavioural (parenting responses, sleep disturbances) mechanisms underlying the intergenerational transmission of risk for pediatric chronic pain across generations will be discussed in context of possible chronic pain prevention. Last, Professor Mark Hancock will share his work investigating chronic pain prevention in adult populations, including data exploring patient and clinician perspectives of chronic pain development, as well as relevant findings from RESTORE, a cognitive functional therapy randomised controlled trial for low back pain, that speak to prevention.

Professor Richelle Mychasiuk, Monash University, VIC
Dr Melanie Noel, University of Calgary, Canada
Professor Mark Hancock, Macquarie University, NSW 

2F: The Battle Continues – Caring for our Defence Force
Chair: Dr Andrew Watson, Calvary Hospital, ACT 

The ongoing conflict in the Ukraine highlights the pain and suffering caused by the violence of war -not only the physical and mental suffering of civilians but also for active members of the defence forces or for those who have served in areas of conflict or unrest in the past.

As submitted to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, chronic pain is common in the veteran population and greatly impacts on mental health, increasing the risk of depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide.  Strategies to address chronic pain are a crucial and often overlooked pillar for protecting mental health, minimising suffering, and optimising outcomes.

This topical workshop will bring together three clinicians and researchers actively involved in the care of our military personal and who can also provide an “insiders” view of military life. Major David Wright will provide an overview of the history of battlefield analgesia and will include recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. After setting the scene with David, Professor Karen Walker – Bone will highlight the gaps in chronic pain research in military personnel and the disturbing evidence related to their increased risk of suicidal behaviour. Dr Alex Lim will round off this session by discussing the use of ketamine for veterans and defence personnel experiencing PTSD.

Major David Wright, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps & Canberra Hospital, ACT
Professor Karen Walker-Bone, Monash University, VIC
Adjunct Professor Alex Lim, University of Queensland, QLD 

Topical Sessions 3
Tuesday 04 April 2023, 10.45 am - 12.15 pm

3A: Using light (optogenetics) to study and treat pain
Chair: Professor Gila Moalem-Taylor, University of New South Wales, NSW 

There have been major new exciting advances in our ability to control the nervous system using light via optogenetics. The speakers in this topical session will explore the advantages and disadvantages of using optogenetics to study and treat pain in a number of different contexts. Jackie Iredale will discuss a novel optogenetics based approach for investigating the actions of analgesic compounds in the spinal cord dorsal horn. Nick Spencer will discuss new tools and methods available to control sensory nerve pathways in the abdomen, using light delivered via wireless optogenetic devices. Rachael Richardson will describe the use of a novel hybrid electrical/optical technology to combine optogenetics and electrical stimulation for precise control of neural modulation. Participants will learn about exciting new approaches that utilize the power of light to study mechanisms that generate and maintain pain, and how these approaches could lead to new ways to treat pain in the future. 

Ms Jackie Iredale, University of Newcastle, NSW
Professor Nick Spencer, Flinders University, SA
A/Professor Rachael Richardson, Bionics Institute, VIC 

3B: Pain in Vulnerable Populations: Communication, Autonomy, and Advocacy
Chair: A/Professor Adrienne Harvey, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, VIC

Although pain is a universal experience, not everyone has equal and fair access to the necessary services for adequate pain management. Such groups are vulnerable to having their pain under-identified and under-treated. This is particularly the case for individuals with intellectual disability, complex communication needs (CCN), and sick and preterm infants, who express pain in other ways than speech.

This session will start with a grounding in the scientific and theoretical literature on the multi-formed and multi-sourced nature of vulnerability in healthcare, and its connection to risk of harm and exploitation, and restricted capacity for autonomy. Then, our discussion will turn to sick and preterm babies and how their vulnerabilities relate not only to the repeated painful procedures required during their illness and hospitalisation, but also to their respective immature developmental stages, parental separation, and lack of consistent use of evidence-based pain management strategies. We will then provide insight into healthcare experiences, the needs of patients living with intellectual disability; CCN and pain from the perspective of a carer. This will also reference work being undertaken to better promote and listen to the voice of this patient cohort so as to safeguard their rights and reduce harm. Lastly, we will discuss ways in which therapists may seek and offer a children with cerebral palsy with CCN more opportunities to self-report their pain.

Dr  Simon van Rysewyk, University of Tasmania
Professor Denise Harrison, University of Melbourne
Ms Emily  Moore, University of South Australia, SA
Mrs Elizabeth  Robinson, Health Consumer, SA 

3C: Bridging the valley of death: new ways to translate evidence to pain practice
Chair: Professor James McAuley, University Of New South Wales, NSW 

Better patient care is linked with the conscientious and judicious use of clinical trial evidence. However, translating evidence from clinical trials into clinical practice is challenging when we don’t know how the intervention works or for whom it does or does not work. This is because clinical trials take a ‘black-box’ approach without considering targeted treatment mechanisms and are commonly conducted in non- representative samples. This ultimately leaves clinicians without knowing how interventions should be delivered and for which person it is most appropriate. This workshop aims to explore and break down these barriers and provide new solutions to support the translation of evidence to clinical practice.

This workshop will introduce new ways to extend clinical trial evidence for translation to clinical practice. These approaches are centred around 1) investigating the mechanism of interventions, 2) better understanding the patient population, including the social determinants of health, and 3) implementing interventions to targeted populations.

These novel approaches reflect current initiatives from patients, clinicians, and funders to provide the right care for the right person in pain. This workshop will be relevant to clinicians and researchers interested in extending clinical trials evidence to provide evidence-based pain care.

Professor James McAuley, University Of New South Wales, NSW
Dr Aidan Cashin, Neuroscience Research Australia, NSW
Dr Emma Karran, University of South Australia, SA 

3D: All Aboard the Mentor-Ship! Why we all need mentors
Chair: Ms Amelia Mardon, University of South Australia, SA 

Have you ever been told that you should get a mentor? And thought, why? And what does that even mean? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, this session is for you! First, A/Prof Tasha Stanton (University of South Australia) will explore the power of mentorship by taking you on a journey of the mentoring relationships that have shaped science, and without whose existence world-altering scientific discoveries would have been missed. She will also discuss the different types of mentors who might plausibly play an important role in your career.  Ms Trudy Maunsell (Queensland Health and President of the Australian Pain Society (APS) 2019-2021) will then provide details about the new APS Mentorship Program, what it involves and how it may help you. A/Prof Anne Burke (Central Adelaide Local Health Network and past President of the APS 2019-2021) will then provide information on painSTAR - the APS’s Pain School for Translation And Research - including what training this program provides and how it can play an important role in mentorship, as well as discussing the experiences of the inaugural 2022 painSTAR cohort. The session will be rounded up by Dr Malini Devadas (MD Writing Editing) who works as a professional coach, helping academics become confident and productive writers. She will explore some of the writing challenges that people commonly experience and discuss how a coach can take on a formal mentorship role to help navigate these challenges, including providing some strategies that you can use to make progress on your writing as soon as you get home. This will conclude with a facilitated discussion and time to answer any questions you might have.

A/Professor Tasha Stanton, University of South Australia, SA
Ms Trudy Maunsell, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD
A/ Professor Anne Burke, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA
Dr Malini Devadas, MD Writing Editing, ACT

3E: Partnering for Pain: Engagement in Pediatric Pain Management and Research: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Chair: A/Professor David Sommerfield, Perth Children's Hospital, WA 

Professor Stinson will set the stage and outline best practices in patient engagement in pediatric pain research. She will outline partnering exemplars from her lab including identifying research priorities in Canada, using a youth advisory board to develop an online virtual stepped care portal and other digital health interventions (smartphone apps, virtual reality etc.). She will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of meaningfully engaging people with lived experience and provide a list of resources for patient engagement in pediatric pain research.

Dr Jaaniste will report on findings from her partnering work through systematic review, qualitative and retrospective studies exploring parental/caregiver psychosocial burdens of caring for a child with chronic pain. She will explore the impacts on caregiver psychosocial and work functioning, as well as considering factors associated with greater burden.

Ms Fechner will discuss her work engaging with schoolteachers in how pain is communicated, modelled, and experienced in schools. She will present a recent study exploring teachers’ experiences and beliefs about pain and how these concepts influence the teacher/student relationship. She plans to partner with educational institutions and explore the impact of introducing pain science education to the curriculum. 

Professor Jennifer Stinson, The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
Dr Tiina Jaaniste, Sydney Children’s Hospital, NSW
Ms Rebecca Fechner, Queensland Children's Hospital, NSW

3F: Online Pain Education Network (OPEN) - Interdisciplinary health professional pain management education
Chair: Professor Michael Nicholas, Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney, NSW 

This session will share progress on consortium activities re: interdisciplinary health professional pain management education and engage audience in discussions on dissemination and adoption strategies.

Professor Michael Nicholas from the University of Sydney will describe the consortium activities from the National Consortium Pain Education Project funded by the Department of Health.

Professor Helen Slater from Curtin University will describe the partnership approach adopted with consumers and health care professionals to derive a framework of priorities that has helped shape and strengthen our interdisciplinary health professional pain management efforts with the aim of supporting high quality pain care.

Dr Duncan Sanders and Dr Elizabeth Devonshire from the University of Sydney will describe the architecture of the  pain management education and how patient stories are threaded through the e-learning modules as a vehicle to drive engagement and resonate with real world clinical experience. They will also give the audience a glimpse of what the training will look like.

Lastly, join us for a collaborative discussion between attendees and panel members from the wider consortium. Attendees will be invited to interact with the panel to strengthen dissemination and adoption strategies.

Professor Michael Nicholas, Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney, NSW
Professor  Helen Slater, Curtin University, WA
Dr  Duncan Sanders, Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney, NSW
Dr  Elizabeth Devonshire, Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney, NSW