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.

2017 Calendar
















Cannabinoids and Pain Management

Presenter Mr Tony Hall
Date Thursday 9th February 2017
Time 3.30-4.30pm
Venue Norman Nock Lecture Room 1 & 2, Level 5, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Dr Tony Hall.


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.

Tony has been living in Australia since 1999 moving into a role as Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced in Persistent Pain at the Gold Coast Interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Centre in 2009. In this role 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.




Surgery for Pain

Presenter Professor Ian Harris
Date Tuesday 14th February 2017
Time 3.30-4.30pm
Venue Auditorium, Level 5, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
Prof Ian Harris.


Prof 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.



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

Presenter Professor Jane Ballantyne
Date Thursday 23rd March 2017
Time 3.00-4.00pm
Venue Meeting Room, Pain Management Research Institute, Douglas Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
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Prof Jane Ballantyne.


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).