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2024 Australian Pain Society 44th Annual Scientific Meeting

2024 Australian Pain Society 44th Annual Scientific Meetingin the IASP Global Year about Sex and Gender Disparities in Pain21 - 24 April 2024 | Darwin Convention Centre, NT

Free Paper Sessions

Free paper sessions will be held on Tuesday 23 April 2024, from 10.45 am - 12.00 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 27 February 2024 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

  • Dr Ramony Chan, Liverpool Hospital, NSW: Exploring the feasibility, acceptability, and trends of effectiveness of telehealth for delivering a pain management group program: A retrospective study COVID-19
  • Dr Caitlin Jones, Sydney Musculoskeletal Health, NSW: Opioids for acute musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review
  • Dr Noemi Meylakh, University of Sydney, NSW: Identifying the role of specific subcortical and cortical nuclei in chronic migraine
  • Dr Aimie Peek, University of Sydney, NSW: Chronic migraine and whiplash-headache: a comparison of brain structure and trigeminal nerve volumes in insidious and traumatic headache conditions
  • Dr Amelia Searle, Flinders University, SA: Is cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia effective and feasible for improving the sleep, pain, and quality of life of tertiary pain patients?  

Free Paper Session 2: Age and Gender in Pain Management

  • Ms Grace Ferencz, University Of South Australia, SA: Women’s causal beliefs about their pelvic pain: A qualitative meta-synthesis
  • Dr Samantha Mooney, Mercy Hospital For Women, VIC: The persistent pelvic pain (PPP) study: A randomised controlled trial comparing long-term pain and quality of life for patients with pelvic pain managed in two different clinics
  • Dr Samantha Mooney, Mercy Hospital For Women, VIC: The ‘negative’ laparoscopy: Longitudinal follow-up of patient outcomes in the persistent pelvic pain (PPP) study
  • Dr Courtney Munro, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, VIC: Assessing Adverse Childhood Events in young people aged 10-18 years referred to a Gynaecologist with pain
  • Dr Sabrina Salberg, Monash University, VIC: Bittersweet insights from the brain-gut axis: Neuroanatomical and microbiome outcomes following administration of a high-fat high-sugar diet in a rodent model of chronic post-surgical pain

Free Paper Session 3: Neuroinflammatory and Neuroimmune Pain Conditions

  • Professor Steven Kamper, University of Sydney, NSW: Waiting to see the specialist, an untapped opportunity. The health of people with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Dr Mathilde Israel, King's College London, UK: Hypersensitivity of Peripheral Afferents in Passive Transfer of Fibromyalgia
  • Professor Jason Ivanusic, University Of Melbourne, VIC: Using tissue clearing and light-sheet microscopy for the three-dimensional analysis of sensory and sympathetic nerve endings that innervate bone
  • Mr Jackson Karrasch, The University Of Sydney, NSW: Imaging mass cytometry reveals differences in cutaneous macrophage and langerhans cell abundance in chronic-phase complex regional pain syndrome
  • Em. Professor Maree Smith, The University of Queensland, QLD: A 40-week longitudinal study of the aclt+mmx rat model of osteoarthritis knee pain shows hindlimb static weight-bearing is a robust pain behavioural measure in contrast to mechanical allodynia or mechanical hyperalgeisa in the ipsilateral hindpaws of the same animals 

Free Paper Session 4: Pain Assessment and Service Provision

  • Dr Mustafa Atee, Hammondcare, WA: Pain experience in immigrants living with dementia: A large prevalence study from australian dementia-specific behaviour support programs
  • Dr Katherine Brain, University Of Newcastle, NSW: The lived experience of chronic pain: Results from the 2023 national pain survey
  • A/ Professor David Champion, Sydney Children`s Hospital, NSW: Complex associations between a history of iron deficiency, anxiety, depression and multiple pain conditions: A twin family study
  • Mr Brian Pulling, University Of South Australia, SA: Development and validation of the osteoarthritis conceptualisation questionnaire
  • Ms Monique Wilson, University of South Australia, SA: Barriers to the Clinical Implementation of Pain Science Education in Australian Private Physiotherapy Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey 

Free Paper Session 5: Neuropathic Pain Updates

  • Dr Andrew Claus, Tess Cramond Pain & Research Centre, QLD: Can peripheral neuropathic pain be centrally driven?: Insights from correlation of peripheral quantitative sensory tests versus psychological questionnaires
  • Ms Angela Doshen, The University of Sydney, NSW: Changes in regional brain structure during the development of chronic neuropathic pain in a preclinical model
  • A/ Professor Aleksandra Herman, Polish Academy Of Sciences, Poland: When body-brain communication goes awry: The impact of chronic pain on daily decision-making
  • Miss Yun Huang, University of Sydney, NSW: Investigation of patterns of brain activation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome using ultra-high resolution magnetic resonance imaging
  • Mrs Nayomi Ranathunga, The University of Queensland, QLD: Small fibre pathology in non-neuropathic chronic pain conditions: Preliminary results of a systematic review with meta-analysis 

Free Paper Session 6: Changing Outcomes with Novel Interventions

  • Mr Brendan Mouatt, NOI, SA: Acceptability, credibility, and participant's experience of an online vignette study on back pain treatment
  • Dr Lewis Crawford, The University of Sydney, NSW: Unicorns in a haystack: Searching for biomarkers to the placebo analgesia response
  • Ms Erin Macintyre, SAHMRI, SA: The influence of threat on visuospatial perception, affordances, and protective behaviour: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Miss Anastasia Serafimovska, NSW Health, NSW: Virtual reality and heart rate variability biofeedback as adjunct to opioid reduction in chronic pain management: A qualitative study
  • Mr Fernando Tinoco Mendoza, University Of Sydney, NSW: Somatotopic representation of placebo analgesia in the human cortex and brainstem