Visiting Scholars' Program

The Visiting Scholars’ Program is a free monthly event providing the perfect opportunity to hear from national and international experts in the field of pain.


This is a free event open to anyone with an interest in learning about pain.


These events are held in the Kolling Building at Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards, Sydney.

More Information

If you would like more information about these events, please contact Grace Tague or phone +61 2 9463 1528.















APRIL 2014

Topic Analgesics: Hard and Fast Rules
Date Wednesday 9th April 2014
Time 5.30-6.30pm
Venue Norman Nock Lecture Theatre, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Dr Andrew Moore.


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.

Topic Dependence on opioid pain medication: a framework for diagnosis and treatment
Date Thursday 10th April 2014
Time 4.00–5.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Dr Jane Ballantyne.


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.

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Dr Jane Ballantyne and Dr Andrew Moore are International Keynote Speakers at the 2014 Australian Pain Society 34th Annual Scientific Meeting. PMRI thanks and acknowledges the contribution of the Australian Pain Society in organising the participation of these two speakers in the Visiting Scholars program.

MAY 2014

Topic Dodgy brain maps in chronic pain and the idea of the cortical body matrix
Date Thursday 8th May 2014
Time 4.00–5.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Prof Lorimer Moseley.


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, the most influential web and social media presence in the clinical pain sciences.

Topic Pain and Emotion
Date Thursday 8th May 2014
Time 5.00–6.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Prof Steven Linton.


Professor Steven J. Linton is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Örebro University in Sweden. He is Director of the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP). His current research interests revolve around pain, stress and insomnia. He is interested in the effectiveness of early psychological interventions.

He has focused much of his research on 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 2014

Topic Pharmacological interventions for sciatic pain
Date Thursday 5th June 2014
Time 4.00–5.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Dr Rafael Pinto.


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 2014

Topic Classification and physical treatment of neural tissue pain disorders
Date Thursday 31st July 2014
Time 4.00–5.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
A/Prof. Toby Hall.


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.


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
Date Thursday 21st August 2014
Time 4.00–5.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Prof Chris Maher.


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.


Topic The evidence for spinal manipulation in pain management
Date Thursday 4th September 2014
Time 4.00–5.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
A/Prof Peter Tuchin.


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.


Topic Enhancing the efficacy of cognitive behavioural treatments for chronic pain: Where to now?
Date Thursday 20th November 2014
Time 4.00–5.00pm
Venue Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Prof Louise Sharpe.


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.