Our Experts


Our postgraduate coursework degree programs are supported and developed in collaboration with a team of Australian and international academic clinicians and researchers including neuroscientists, anaesthetists, pharmacologists, oral surgeons, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists and research personnel. All are widely experienced in pain management.

In addition, current research developments from the Pain Management Research Institute are rapidly translated into our postgraduate degree program.

Selected Publications

Our team of local and international content experts are widely published in the pain management field. A selection of their recent publications are listed below.

A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal
  • Cheung, W., Aggarwal, G., Fugaccia, E., Thanakrishnan, G., Milliss, D., Anderson, R., Stock, D., Bird, H., Tan, J., Fryc, A.C. (2010). Palliative care teams in the intensive care unit: a randomised, controlled, feasibility study. Critical Care Resuscitation, 12(1):28-35. [More Information]
Professor Ali Asghari
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Blyth, F., Wood, B., Murray, R., McCabe, R., Brnabic, A., Beston, L., Corbett, M., Sherrington, C., Overton, S. (2013). Self-management intervention for chronic pain in older adults: A randomised controlled trial. Pain, 154(6), 824-835. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2013). Catastrophizing Mediates the Relationship Between Pain Intensity and Depressed Mood in Older Adults With Persistent Pain. The Journal of Pain, 14(2), 149-157. [More Information]
Ms Lee Beeston
  • Nicholas, M.K., Asghari, A., Corbett, M., Smeets, R.J., Wood, B.M., Overton, S., Perry, C., Tonkin, L.E., Beeston, L. (2012). Is adherence to pain self-management strategies associated with improved pain, depression and disability in those with disabling chronic pain? European Journal of Pain, 16(1), 93-104. [More Information]
  • Molloy, A.R., Nicholas, M.K., Asghari, A., Beeston, L.R., Dehghani, M., Cousins, M.J., Brooker, C., Tonkin, L. (2006). Does a combination of intensive cognitive-behavioral pain management and a spinal implantable device confer any advantage? A preliminary examination. Pain Practice, 6(2), 96-103. [More Information]
Professor Fiona Blyth
  • Hoy, D., March, L., Brooks, P., Blyth, F., Woolf, A., Bain, C., Williams, G., Smith, E., Vos, T., Barendregt, J., et al (2014). The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73(6), 968-974. [More Information]
  • Lim, S. S., Vos, T., Flaxman, A. D., Danaei, G., Shibuya, K., Adair-Rohani, H., ... Blyth, F.M. ... & Davis, A. (2013). A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet, 380(9859):2224-2260. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F. M., March, L. M., Brnabic, A. J., Jorm, L. R., Williamson, M., & Cousins, M. J. (2001). Chronic pain in Australia: a prevalence study. Pain, 89(2), 127-134. [More Information]
Dr Helen Boocock
  • Boocock, H., Vickers, E.R. (2009). Management of trigeminal neuralgia and its atypical variant. Medicine Today, 10(11), 14-22.
Professor Herta Flor
  • Klinger, R., Colloca, L., Bingel, U., Flor, H. (2014). Placebo analgesia: Clinical applications. Pain. 155(6), 1055-1058. [More Information]
  • Flor, H., Diers, M., Andoh, J.A. (2013). The neural basis of phantom limb pain. Trends in Cognitive Science. 17(7), 307-8. [More Information]
  • Flor, H., Diers, M. (2007). Limitations of pharmacotherapy: behavioral approaches to chronic pain. Handbook Experimental Pharmacology. (177), 415-27. [More Information]
Prof Julia Hush
  • Ahern, M., Skyllas, J., Wajon, A., Hush, J. (2018). The effectiveness of physical therapies for patients with base of thumb osteoarthritis: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. [More Information]
  • Marcuzzi, A., Wrigley, P.J., Dean, C.M., Graham, P.L., Hush, J.M. (2018). From acute to persistent low back pain: a longitudinal investigation of somatosensory changes using quantitative sensory testing-an exploratory study. Pain Reports. 3(2):e641. [More Information]
  • Marcuzzi, A., Dean, C., Wrigley, P.J., Hush, J.M. (2016). Prognostic value of quantitative sensory testing in low back pain: a systematic review of the literature. Pain Research. 9: 1-9. [More Information].
Prof Michael Nicholas
  • Nicholas, M.K., Costa, D.S.J., Linton, S.J., Main, C.J., Shaw, W.S., Pearce, R., Gleeson, M., Pinto, R.Z., Blyth, F.M., McCauley, J.H., Maher, C.G., Smeets, R.J.E.M., McGarity, A. (2018). Predicting Return to Work in a Heterogeneous Sample of Recently Injured Workers Using the Brief ÖMPSQ-SF. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2018 May 23. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M.K., Asghari, A., Blyth, F.M., Wood, B.M., Murray, R., McCabe, R., Brnabic, A., Beeston, L., Corbett, M., Sherrington, C., Overton, S. (2017). Long-term outcomes from training in self-management of chronic pain in an elderly population: a randomized controlled trial. Pain, 158(1):86-95. [More Information]
Dr Bradley Wood
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2013). Catastrophizing Mediates the Relationship Between Pain Intensity and Depressed Mood in Older Adults With Persistent Pain. The Journal of Pain, 14(2), 149-157. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2010). Assessing Pain in Older People With Persistent Pain: The NRS Is Valid But Only Provides Part of the Picture. The Journal of Pain, 11(12), 1259-1266. [More Information]