Past Events

In previous years, we have been privileged to hear from many leading local and international experts in the field of pain as part of our Visiting Scholars program.

Visiting Scholars - 2018

FEBRUARY Prof Michele Sterling.

Topic: Whiplash

Michele Sterling is Professor, Associate Director of the Recover Injury Research Centre and Director of NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Road Traffic Injury, The University of Queensland. She is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She is internationally recognised for her research on whiplash associated disorders. Michele’s research focusses on the mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain after injury; predictive algorithms for outcomes and developing effective interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, and is a widely published author. Michele is an elected member of the leadership Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

FEBRUARY Dr Phil Austin.

Topic: Pain, the brain and the microbiomestrong

Phil Austin is a UK-trained researcher who holds a PhD in pain medicine. His research interests relate to multidimensional assessment of functional Gastro-Intestinal (GI) disorders, the assessment of central pain modulation and painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathies. Phil’s clinical areas of interest include the effects of work-related stress on the severity and duration of musculoskeletal pain in computer-workers. Phil also works as an adjunct tutor for the Masters' postgraduate degree program in Pain Management at The University of Sydney and the Master of Science in Clinical Management of Pain at the University of Edinburgh while also being involved in various areas of palliative care research at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney.

AUGUST Prof Gary Walco.

Topic: Putting Things Into Perspective: The U.S. Opioid Crisis

Gary A. Walco, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Anesthesiology (adjunct in Pediatrics and Psychiatry) at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director of Pain Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He has conducted multiple studies on pain treatment and assessment in children and has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and books, including a text he co-edited, Pain in Children: A Practical Guide for Primary Care. Dr. Walco currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain, the Clinical Journal of Pain, and formerly for Pain, the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Prof Steve Weisman.

Professor Steve Weisman currently holds the Jane B. Pettit Chair in Pain Management at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where he is the Medical Director of the Jane B. Pettit Pain Management Center and the Palliative Care Program. In addition, he is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Weisman formerly established and directed pain management programs for children at both the University of Connecticut Health Center and Yale University School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests focus on the management of painful procedures and postoperative pain in children, especially those with cancer. The Jane B. Pettit Pain Management Center has recently introduced programs in acupuncture and mindfulness meditation for children. In addition, the Center has spearheaded a new institutional comprehensive pain management program known as the Comfort Zone™.

OCTOBER Prof Jim Elliott.

Topic: Towards Understanding Recovery from Head/Neck Trauma: Does Time Heal All Wounds?

Professor Jim Elliott is currently a Professor of Allied Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Local Health District. Prior to this, Jim was a tenure-track Associate Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, where he remains an adjunct Professor and Principal Investigator of the Neuromuscular Imaging Research Laboratory. His interdisciplinary teams’ contributions to the field range from the identification of novel magnetic resonance imaging markers to quantify alterations in spinal cord anatomy and skeletal muscle degeneration as potential markers of poor functional recovery following trauma exposure to leading large interdisciplinary studies investigating the neurobiological mechanisms of persistent spinal pain (generally) and head/neck trauma from a motor vehicle crash (specifically).

NOVEMBER Dr. Amanda Williams.

Topic: Why is it so hard to define pain (as we all know what it is)?

Dr. Amanda Williams is a Reader and Clinical Psychologist in Clinical Health Psychology, Research Department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology at the University College London and at the Pain Management Centre, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (University College London Hospitals). She has been active in research and clinical work in persistent pain for over 30 years, with interests in evaluation of psychologically-based treatments; in expression of pain and its interpretation by clinicians; and in pain from torture. She is involved in several systematic reviews and meta-analyses on pain treatments, and in writing UK and European guidelines on best practice in managing pain; she is also pursuing experimental work concerning expression of pain and its (mis)understanding by others. Dr Williams has written over 120 papers and chapters on aspects of pain and psychology and is on the editorial boards of several major pain journals including Pain for Psychology.

Abstract: The IASP definition of pain has served us well for several decades, but it is beginning to wear thin, prompting suggestions that it should be revised. Its assertions were advanced at the time of formulation, but have become more widely accepted. However, it predates current neuroscientific understanding, and lacks any reference to the social element of the supposedly universal biopsychosocial model. The accompanying note (who reads it?) is confused and confusing, incorporating some of the compromises necessary to achieve agreement. Pain belongs to everybody, so everybody has an opinion. The essential subjectivity of the current definition is problematic for those who concede pain in animals to which they do not attribute subjectivity. Dogs? Certainly. Rats? Perhaps. Crabs? ... Philosophers often mistakenly use the capacity for pain (or pain expression that a human observer understands) as a test of consciousness, but that, like subjectivity, is probably impossible to determine. Further, the purpose of a definition is to identify what is unique about the thing defined, so that it cannot be misidentified as something else, but pain is widely used analogously (mental pain, social pain), blurring its boundaries.

Visiting Scholars - 2017

FEBRUARY Dr Tony Hall.

Topic: Cannabinoids and Pain Management

Mr Tony Hall is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacotherapeutics at Queensland University of Technology. He has 30 years experience as a hospital pharmacist, 27 of these in Clinical Pharmacy practice and 20 years experience within UK’s National Health Service. Tony is a clinical educator at both basic and advanced levels of pharmacy practice and has extensive experience of educational input to healthcare professions. He is a recognised Clinical Pharmacy expert in Palliative Care, Pain Management, Haematology/Oncology and Medication Risk Management. As a Clinical Pharmacist in Advanced in Persistent Pain at the Gold Coast Interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Centre, Tony provides a holistic review of the use of a patient’s medication, educating the patient on the use of medication in their pain management. He is active in working to reduce the use of opioid analgesics and has maintained an active interest in the development of medical marijuana research in Australia.

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FEBRUARY Prof Ian Harris.

Topic: Surgery for Pain

Professor Ian Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNSW and an active clinician and researcher. His areas of clinical interest relate to trauma and fragility fractures. His academic interests include surgical outcomes, the evidence base for surgery, clinical trials, joint replacement, rehabilitation and clinical quality registries.

Ian is the author of the book Surgery - The Ultimate Placebo: A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence in which he argues that the evidence for the success for many common operations become current accepted practice without full examination of the evidence.

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MARCH Prof Jane Ballantyne.

Topic: The Evolution of the Science of Pain: from gate control theory to central sensitisation

Professor Jane Ballantyne received her medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England. She trained in Anaesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston in 1990. She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in MGH in 1999. She moved to the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Education and Research. Her research is focused on the development of opioid management tools utilizing electronic outcomes assessment and rapid learning methodology. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, and is a widely published author and is involved in the development of on-line educational programs. In 2014 she was appointed President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP).

JUNE Prof Frank Keefe.

Topic: Helping People Cope with Cancer Pain: Challenges and Opportunities

Prof Frank Keefe is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine and Anesthesiology and the Director of the Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, the highest ranking pain journal. Frank has broad interests in behavioral and psychological aspects of pain and pain management. He is internationally recognised for his research on pain coping and his controlled treatment outcome studies evaluating the efficacy of coping skills training interventions for persons suffering from persistent disease-related pain. Managing pain in the elderly has been a major area of his research in recent years, with a number of published studies on the cognitive-behavioral management of pain in patients with OA. A particular focus of this work has been on the training of health care professionals from different disciplines in the use of coping skills training for pain patients. Current research projects include the evaluation of the efficacy of a cognitive behavior therapy and education intervention for managing pain in patients having breast cancer and prostate cancer.

SEPTEMBER Dr Kate Faasse.

Topic: Psychological influence on treatment outcomes: Utilising Placebo and Nocebo Effects

Dr. Kate Faasse is a Lecturer at the UNSW School of Psychology. Kate’s research investigates the influence of social modelling of both side effects and medication benefits, perceptions of medication branding and generic drugs, how having a choice of treatments (compared to no choice) impacts health outcomes, the influence of medication price, and how changes in medications (e.g. a change to a different brand or formulation) can impact placebo and nocebo responding. This important work aims to elucidate the mind-body factors that contribute to treatment outcomes. Clinically this work can assist in enhancing treatment effectiveness and reducing side effects, as well as increasing treatment adherence, improving health outcomes, and enhancing patient quality of life. We are also pleased to have Kate share her expertise as a key speaker at our upcoming Placebo Symposium in November.

OCTOBER A/Prof Helen Slater.

Topic: The use of digital technologies to lever improved pain care

A/Prof Helen Slater holds a senior academic position at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University. Helen's research, teaching and clinical interests lie in the area of musculoskeletal pain with her main focus on reforming systems, services and clinical interactions to improve person-centred pain care. She co-leads a small team whose program of research is focused on evaluation and implementation of health policy for musculoskeletal health, and building capacity through the use of digital technologies to help close evidence-practice gaps in musculoskeletal health care. Helen also investigates the complex and multidimensional mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain using experimental and clinical human pain research methodologies such as quantitative sensory testing to develop clinical phenotypes. Helen holds current appointments on the Australian Digital Health Agency (Clinical Technical Advisory Committee), and is co-chairing the IASP Physical Therapy curricula revision for 2018 Year of Pain Education.

Visiting Scholars - 2016

FEBRUARY Niamh Moloney.

Topic: Clinical Utility of Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST)

Dr Niamh Moloney is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. With a clinical background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, she completed her PhD in 2012 investigating pain and sensory profiles in non-specific arm pain and cervical radiculopathy. Her research focuses on the assessment of pain sensitisation in various clinical populations. She was recently awarded an IASP Early Career Researcher Grant (2015) to investigate risk factors for persistent arm pain following breast cancer treatment. She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications.

APRIL Frank Keefe.

Topic: Using Psychology in Pain Management: Why being faithful to training matters

Prof Frank Keefe is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and Director of the Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, the highest ranking pain journal. Frank has broad interests in behavioral and psychological aspects of pain and pain management. He is internationally recognised for his research on pain coping and his controlled treatment outcome studies evaluating the efficacy of coping skills training interventions for persons suffering from persistent disease-related pain. Managing pain in the elderly has been a major area of his research in recent years, with a number of published studies on the cognitive-behavioral management of pain in patients with OA. A particular focus of this work has been on the training of health care professionals from different disciplines in the use of coping skills training for pain patients. This includes a recent Australian study with physiotherapists (Bennell et al., BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 129) and an American study with nurses (Broderick et al., PAIN 2014; 155: 1743-54).

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APRIL Brock Bastian.

Topic: From Pain to Pleasure: How painful experiences may benefit our lives

Dr Brock Bastian is an ARC Future Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. He received his PhD in social psychology from The University of Melbourne in 2007. Since then he has held research fellowships at the University of Queensland and a Future Fellowship at the University of New South Wales. As of 2016 he returned to the University of Melbourne. His research broadly focuses on pain, happiness, and morality, for which he has received numerous awards and media attention.

MAY Paul Glare.

Topic: Pain in Cancer Survivors - Setting a Research Agenda

Professor Paul Glare is the Chair of Pain Medicine at Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney and the Director of the Pain Management Research Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital. He has recently returned to Australia after working in New York as Chief of the Pain & Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a Fellow in the Faculty of Pain Medicine (ANZCA) and in the Chapter Palliative Medicine (RACP). His research interests include cancer/cancer survivor pain, the comparative effectiveness of chronic pain therapies, and decision architecture/social psychology/behavioural economics as they relate to healthcare decision making.

JUNE Leslie Martin.

Topic: Medical Communication and Perceived Medication Efficacy

Professor Leslie Martin has dedicated 20 years of research to understanding the role of clinician-patient communication in patient outcomes, including adherence. Prof Martin has authored seminal books on this topic, including Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare.

Kristin Riekert.

Topic: Innovative Strategies for Supporting Treatment Adherence: What We Know Works and What’s On the Horizon

A/Prof Kristin Riekert is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Adherence Program and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center. A/Prof Riekert is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIH and foundation sponsored intervention trials focused on improving self-management and health outcomes in chronic illnesses.

JULY David Hui.

Topic: Personalised Pain Management for Patients with Advanced Cancer

Dr David Hui is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine and Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Dr. Hui actively practices palliative care and medical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. As a tenured faculty, his research interests include symptom management, integration of supportive/palliative care into oncology, prognostication and research methodology. He has authored and/or co-authored over 150 scientific papers, with his work appearing in various peer review journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association, Lancet Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer and The Oncologist. In addition to multiple book chapters, he is the author/editor of 3 books including Internal Medicine Issues in Palliative Cancer Care: A Practical Guide. He is the recipient of multiple clinical, research, teaching, and leadership awards, and has been invited to present at various national and international meetings.

SEPTEMBER Michael Nicholas.

Topic: Can early intervention improve outcomes for injured workers?

Professor Michael Nicholas directs Pain Education at the Pain Management Research Institute, which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and is based at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Michael maintains an active clinical role at the hospital where he directs several pain management programs. He has an international reputation in this field with over 160 publications in scientific journals and books on psychological aspects of pain and pain management. His current research interests include ways of enhancing the self-management of persisting pain, and early psychosocial interventions to prevent disabling chronic pain in injured workers.


Psychological and environmental (especially workplace) issues have long been identified as risk factors for delayed recovery from work injuries. Despite that knowledge, most guidelines on early injury management recommend a "wait and see" approach and only assess for these risk factors if expected return to work progress is not evident within 4-6 weeks. This means that any intervention for these risk factors is likely to be delayed until 9-12 weeks at best. This risks more intractable problems and rising costs. This talk describes a new study in which injured workers approved for at least a week off work were screened for psychosocial risk factors and those scoring high on the screening tool were offered an opportunity to see a psychologist for help with any psychosocial obstacles for RTW. Staff from 17 NSW hospitals participated in the trial, with some hospitals acting as the ‘control’ (early assessment but management as usual) while the others were offered the early intervention protocol. The preliminary, short-term results indicated those at risk of delayed RTW could be identified by the screening tool within a week of their injury, and implementation of the intervention protocol demonstrated clear benefits over usual practices. But it is critical to appreciate that successful implementation of the protocol requires cooperation by the key stakeholders (claims managers, workplace, injured workers, and treatment providers). These findings have important implications for the management of recently injured workers and their associated pain.

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Chris Vaughan.

Topic: Cannabinoids in neuropathic pain (models)

Dr Chris Vaughan is head of the Cellular Research Group at the Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney. Dr Vaughan’s research has focused on the mechanisms underlying chronic pain and the actions of pain relieving drugs. A key aim of this work is to identify novel drug therapies for the treatment of chronic pain. Much of this work has been focused on developing pharmacotherapies, based upon the plant Cannabis sativa, which might be used to engage the body’s own cannabis-like neurotransmitter system.

DECEMBER Geert Crombez.

Topic: Questions about assessment in chronic pain: challenges and future directions

Prof Geert Crombez is Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Experimental-Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained his PhD in 1994 on the role of learning psychology in pain. Over the last 18 years, he has initiated and facilitated experimental research in experimental psychopathology, learning psychology, and health psychology and has published more than 250 internationally peer-reviewed papers in these areas. Currently, he is coordinating the research on the psychology of (chronic) illness, in particular the role of psychological and social variables on symptom perception, disability and suffering, and its implications for clinical practice. His approach is grounded in contextual functionalism. He focuses upon the development of integrative models of symptom perception, disability and suffering that are built primarily around the dynamic nature of goals and self-regulation. His research interests include systematic and critical reviews in clinical and health psychology; eHealth interventions in clinical and health psychology; the role of cognitive and motivational factors in the experience of symptoms, distress and disability; and learning psychology and ill-health.

Emma Godfrey.

Topic: Back to the Future: Can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) assist Physiotherapists in treating chronic low back pain?

Dr Emma Godfrey is a Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. Her first degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford, after which she qualified as a dramatherapist and began a research career, completing a PhD in Psychology in 2004. Emma is an experienced researcher and practitioner who specialises in the development and evaluation of novel interventions to manage long-term conditions, such as chronic low back pain and food allergy and intolerance. Emma is currently chief investigator on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based treatment (PACT) trial in collaboration with physiotherapy services across King’s Health Partners in London, UK. She is particularly interested in building the research base for psychologically informed interventions delivered by the multidisciplinary team as part of routine clinical practice.

Visiting Scholars - 2015

FEBRUARY   Elisabeth Karsten.

Topic: Stem Cells in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis and Chronic Pain

Elisabeth Karsten is a PhD candidate in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at Macquarie University. She completed first class Honours at UNSW in 2012 and was awarded a Macquarie University Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) to begin her PhD in 2013. Her current project investigates the application of adipose-derived stem cells in the treatment of osteoarthritis and chronic pain and in the identification of disease specific biomarkers.

  Rosemary Chakiath.

Topic: Conditioned Pain Modulation and Chronic Pain

Rosemary Chakiath is a final year PhD candidate with a background in neuroscience and psychology. She completed a Master of Science in 2011 at the University of Auckland before moving to Sydney in 2012. She initially worked at the Pain Management Research Institute as an RA in the sensory pain neurophysiology team before being awarded an APA scholarship to commence her PhD in 2013. The focus of her work looks at investigating central nervous system mechanisms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and chronic low back pain.

  Flavia Di Pietro.

Topic: Conditioned Pain Modulation and Chronic Pain

Dr Flavia Di Pietro completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in 2008. She quickly developed an interest in pain, and moved to Sydney to commence her PhD in mid-2010 at Neuroscience Research Australia and UNSW. Her PhD investigated cortical representation of the chronically painful limb in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), using functional MRI. Flavia now works at the University of Sydney, investigating the mechanisms underlying altered brain rhythms in chronic neuropathic pain. She was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in October 2014.

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JUNE   Claire Ashton-James.

Topic: Pain as a barrier for social relationships: Understanding the impact of pain on interpersonal functioning

Dr Claire Ashton-James is a social psychologist with expertise in interpersonal processes and a particular interest in the social modulation of pain, and the impact of pain on the formation and maintenance of social relationships. She was an Assistant Professor at the Free University of Amsterdam in both the Medical Center and the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology. She has published experimental work on the impact of nonverbal pain expressions on first impressions, contributed to clinical studies of pain assessment and patient satisfaction with treatment, and developed protocols for coding and analysing the nonverbal interactions of clinicians and patients during pain consultations.



AUGUST   Sean Mackey.

Topic: Assessing outcomes in pain management

Professor Sean Mackey is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and by courtesy, Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. He is also the Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford Systems (Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL). Professor Mackey and his team designed the CHOIR system, with the overall goal being to develop, implement and expand an open source, open standard and free health and treatment registry platform, a platform that will be used to collect outcomes data on a large number of patients suffering from chronic pain. The platform should support many things including - clinical decision support at the point of care.

  Deborah Schofield.

Topic: The cost of pain: more than the health system

Professor Deborah Schofield is Chair of Health Economics Faculty of Pharmacy and Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. She established the health micro simulation modelling program at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling and was a key developer of STINMOD, a model of income, government benefits and taxation used by the Federal government in every election and budget in the last decade. She went on to hold senior positions in several Australian Government Departments. These included the Department of Health and Ageing where she managed $42 billion in funding for the Australian Health Care Agreements which fund public hospitals. At the Australian Treasury she was Director of Health Policy where she managed all analysis and advice to the Treasurer on the Health Portfolio and its funding and undertook the health projections in the landmark Intergenerational Reports that identified health expenditure as the major pressure on the Australian Government’s budget balance and subsequently led to a strong focus on fiscal sustainability in Australian Federal and State budgets and those of OECD nations. Professor Schofield and her team and their collaborators have undertaken extensive modelling on the economic impacts of illness and health interventions which have impacts not only on the health system, but also family economic circumstances, other government portfolios, and GDP.



SEPTEMBER   Luke Henderson.

Topic: Pain and the Neuropathic Brain

A/Prof Luke Henderson is an Associate Professor in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, Australia. For the past 15 years, A/Prof Henderson has led the Neural Imaging Laboratory which uses human brain imaging techniques to explore central changes associated with acute and chronic pain. His current research interests include exploration of the brainstem mechanisms responsible for endogenous analgesia, as well as altered thalamocortical rhythm in chronic neuropathic pain.

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OCTOBER   Justin Kenardy.

Topic: Psychological trauma and injury

Professor Justin Kenardy is a clinical health psychologist and Acting Director of the Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Psychology at the University of Queensland. He has focused on the interface between psychological and physical health, preventative and novel intervention technologies, and regulation of affect leading to research in diverse problem areas including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, pain and musculoskeletal injury, burns, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, posttraumatic stress across a broad age range from child to older adults. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts, has over 7000 citations to his work and has obtained research funding totalling over $50 million. He has published one book Whiplash: Evidence Base for Clinical Practice, 16 book chapters, and seven research-based health websites including He helped develop both the current NHMRC approved National Stroke Guidelines and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Guidelines. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and received the Ian Campbell Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Psychology in Australia.



NOVEMBER   Catherine Ketsimur.

Topic: Extended Scope Practitioner and Back Pain Triage

Catherine Ketsimur graduated from the University of QLD and has extensive musculoskeletal experience in public and private healthcare (UK and Australia). She trained as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) in Spinal and Lower Limb at Guys' and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, London. She then worked as a Lower Limb ESP and Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist for Central London Community Healthcare Trust and with the multidisciplinary Foot and Ankle team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She completed her MSc (Pain: Science and Society) at Kings College London and is one of the founding members of the Association of Foot and Ankle Physiotherapists (AFAP, UK).

  Tim Noblet.

Tim Noblet is a Clinical Specialist Neuro-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Extended Scope Practitioner from the UK; completing a Master's Degree in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Postgraduate certificates in Manual Therapy and Musculoskeletal Injection Therapy. Tim has worked in the UK, NZ and Australia within elite sport, tertiary pain management and worked as an extended scope practitioner in Orthopaedic, Pain and Spinal clinics. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham (UK) and a fellow at Macquarie University (Sydney). Tim has a keen interest in Spinal pain and those chronic niggling pains that people struggle to manage. He is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the use of independent medicine prescribing by Physiotherapists.

  Ian Cameron.

Topic: The Association of Post Motor Vehicle Crash Pain and Longer Term Health Outcomes

Professor Ian Cameron is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, Head of the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Kolling Institute, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and has the Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Sydney. He has particular interests in musculoskeletal injury, and research and education in the area of injury related disability. Ian is conducting a number of studies investigating recovery after motor vehicle crashes. His other major area of research is rehabilitation and disability in older people. He provides expert advice to Australian and State Governments, other semi-government organisations including the NSW Motor Accidents Authority, the NSW Lifetime Care and Support Authority, NSW WorkCover and Area Health Services.

Visiting Scholars - 2014

APRIL Dr Andrew Moore.

Topic: Analgesics: Hard and Fast Rules

Dr Andrew Moore graduated with a Doctor of Science from the University of Oxford and has over 30 years experience in biomedical research. He is currently Director of Pain Research, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, and Chairman of the International Association for the Study of Pain Systematic Review and Evidence special interest group. Dr Moore is founding editor of the evidence-based journal Bandolier, and has contributed 500+ scientific and clinical publications and 200 systematic reviews including over 80 Cochrane reviews.

Dr Jane Ballantyne.

Topic: Dependence on opioid pain medication: a framework for diagnosis and treatment

Dr Jane Ballantyne received her medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England. She trained in Anaesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston in 1990. She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in MGH in 1999. She moved to the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Education and Research. Her research is focused on the development of opioid management tools utilizing electronic outcomes assessment and rapid learning methodology. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, and is a widely published author.

MAY Prof Lorimer Moseley.

Topic: Dodgy brain maps in chronic pain and the idea of the cortical body matrix

Professor Lorimer Moseley is a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, and Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia. He leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. Lorimer has authored 140 papers and three books, now in 6 languages. He has won the Ulf Lindblom Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Marshal & Warren Award from the National Health & Medical Research Council and, in 2012, he was runner-up for the Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences. He is Chief Editor of

Prof Steven Linton.

Topic: Pain and Emotion

Professor Steven J. Linton is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Örebro University in Sweden and Director of the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP). His current research interests revolve around pain, stress and insomnia, the effectiveness of early psychological interventions and the role of psychological factors in the development and treatment of health problems such as pain or insomnia. He pioneered an early identification system based on psychosocial factors for patients with back pain. His work has also addressed treating the patients identified to prevent the pain problem from becoming chronic. Most recently his work has focused on matching early treatments to subgroups of patients based on each patient's needs. He has also undertaken significant work on rehabilitation of patients suffering persistent pain.



JUNE Dr Rafael Pinto.

Topic: Pharmacological interventions for sciatic pain

Dr Rafael Pinto completed his Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy (2005) and his Master degree in Rehabilitation Science (2008), both at The Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Rafael completed his PhD in 2013 at the George Institute for Global Health, an institute affiliated with Sydney Medical School - University of Sydney. Rafael's PhD was sponsored by CAPES Foundation, an agency under The Ministry of Education of Brazil. His thesis was related to the management and mechanism of Back Pain. His other research priorities include interest in neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation and evidence-based practice.



JULY A/Prof. Toby Hall.

Topic: Classification and physical treatment of neural tissue pain disorders

A/Prof Toby Hall is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, and Senior Teaching Fellow at The University of Western Australia and is an accredited member of the International Mulligan Concept Teachers Association. He has lectured extensively in manual therapy within Australia and more than 25 countries. Toby has presented at many conferences, published many book chapters and published more than 60 peer reviewed articles relating to neural tissue dysfunction, cervicogenic headache and the Mulligan Concept. He is the co-author of a new textbook Mobilisation with movement: The art and the science.



AUGUST Prof Chris Maher.

Topic: A review of red flags to screen for fracture and cancer in patients with back pain; and a trial of treatment of whiplash both reveal that more is not necessarily better

Professor Chris Maher is Professor of Physiotherapy in Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney and Director of the Musculoskeletal Division at The George Institute for Global Health. He leads a research division focusing on the management of musculoskeletal conditions in primary care and community settings. Chris holds an honorary NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship and an ARC Future Fellowship (step 3) and he is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy.

SEPTEMBER A/Prof Peter Tuchin.

Topic: The evidence for spinal manipulation in pain management

A/Prof Peter Tuchin is a clinical academic who completed a randomised controlled trial on chiropractic treatment for migraine as part of his PhD degree. Peter is currently the President of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia and has worked at Macquarie University for over 20 years. Peter has previously held roles as a National OHS manager, and a Team Leader at the Work Cover Authority of NSW.

NOVEMBER Prof Louise Sharpe.

Topic: Enhancing the efficacy of cognitive behavioural treatments for chronic pain: Where to now?

Professor Louise Sharpe is a Clinical Psychologist by training and a Senior NHMRC Research Fellow. She is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney and has specialized in working with patients with co-morbid health and psychological problems, since gaining her PhD from The University of London in 1999. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has more than $4.5 million worth of funding. She has published 13 randomised controlled trials of psychological therapy for patients with a range of health problems, particularly chronic pain and arthritis.