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. See who we have been previously privileged to have speak as part of this program here.

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


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

2016 Calendar
















Clinical Utility of Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST)

Presenter Dr Niamh Moloney
Date Wednesday 10th February 2016
Time 4.00-5.00pm
Venue Norman Nock Lecture Room 1 & 2, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Niamh Moloney.


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 2016


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

Presenter Prof Frank Keefe
Date Thursday 7th April 2016
Time 4.30-5.30pm
Venue Norman Nock Rooms 1 & 2, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Frank Keefe.


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).

  We acknowledge and thank Pain Adelaide who sponsored Prof Frank Keefe's visit to Australia for the Pain Adelaide 2016 Conference. Pain Adelaide.

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

Presenter Dr Brock Bastian
Date Thursday 28th April 2016
Time 4.00-5.00pm
Venue TBC, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Brock Bastian.


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.