This year we have four Pre Conference Workshops to be held on Sunday 15th March.

Acute Pain Day – Full Day Workshop
Date: Sunday 15 March 2015
Time: 8.45 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $160 (Early Bird), $185 (Standard)

This workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in acute pain management. The focus is to emphasise the role of the acute pain service from the bedside management of difficult patients through to discharge and beyond.

Speakers at this workshop include:

Dr Geraldine Chew, graduate of University of Queensland, who has worked in Alcohol and Drug Dependence Services for the past 30 years.

Dr Mahiban Thomas, a General Surgeon in the arena of Head & Neck Surgery since 1995.

Associate Professor Marcus Watson who leads Australia’s largest healthcare educational and research simulation program distributed across Queensland.

Acute Pain Day is proudly sponsored by Hospira.

Fundamentals of Pain – Full Day Workshop
Date: Sunday 15 March 2015
Time: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $160 (Early Bird), $185 (Standard)

This workshop will equip participants with the basic knowledge of pain neurobiology, psychology and therapeutic agents, using an interactive case study and multimedia. This workshop is aimed at all allied health and general practitioners or anyone wishing to update their knowledge on the pathophysiology and treatment of pain.

Speakers at this workshop include:

Malcolm Johnson (M.A.,DipClinPsych., MNZCCP), a clinical psychologist who has worked with chronic pain as a researcher and clinician for nearly 30 years and is a past President of the New Zealand Pain Society.

Dr David Jones (FANZCA FFPMANZCA, Specialist, Southern District Health Board, Dunedin, New Zealand) is a Clinical Leader for Pain Service, Dunedin Hospital and Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Otago, New Zealand since 1984.

Dr Stephen Leow, (Clinical Director, GP Axis, South Australia) is the chair of the RACGP Pain Management Specific Interest Group of the National Faculty of Specific Interests and the Chair of the Primary Health Group of the National Pain Summit.

Dr Diarmuid McCoy is a graduate of the National University of Ireland University College Cork and is now the Clinical Director of the Pain Management Unit at The Geelong Hospital and in private practice.

Fundamentals of Pain is proudly sponsored by Mundipharma

Pharmacological Management in Pain – Half Day Workshop
Date: Sunday 15 March 2015
Time: 8.30 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: $110 (Early Bird), $135 (Standard)

The pharmacological management of pain is increasingly becoming a worldwide challenge. International experts are involved in intensive research to be able to cope with the various concerns with regard to treatment. The aim of the Pharmacological Management in Pain half-day workshop is to make a significant contribution to the optimisation of pain treatment by bringing experts together to discuss the latest scientific findings within the pain management clinical pharmacology field. Scientific, regulatory or strategy issues that are highly relevant to the optimisation of acute and chronic pain treatment will also be exchanged and discussed. This workshop will consist of invited lectures, abstract presentations and roundtable discussions. Time will be allocated to questions, answers and discussion in order to set up an intimate interactive workshop.

Topics will include:

  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of new pain medications, including Tapantadol
  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of approved opioids drugs
  • Pharmacokinetic – pharmacodynamic modeling
  • Drug-drug and drug-disease interactions
  • New chronic pain drug development tools
  • Clinical case studies in palliative care and chronic non-cancer pain

The target audience for this workshop consists of clinical pharmacologists, pharmacists, industry researchers, pain specialists, paediatricians, clinical nurse consultants, government representatives and other experts with an interest in clinical pharmacology.

Speakers include:

A/Professor Arun Aggarwal MBBS, FRACP, FAFRM (RACP), FAFPM (ANZCA), PhD, a Clinical Associate Professor through Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney.

Dr Ghauri Aggarwal, Head of the Palliative Care Department at Concord Hospital since 1996.

Dr Charles Brooker, an anaesthetist and has been practicing pain medicine for fifteen years.

Tim Ho, a Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine Physician at Sydney Pain Management Centre.

Associate Professor Mark Hutchinson, an Australian Research Council Research Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Lona Louring Christrup, currently employed at Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen as a professor in Clinical Pharmacy.

Professor Maree Smith, Executive Director of the Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development at The University of Queensland.

Pharmacological Management in Pain is proudly sponsored by Mundipharma

Physiotherapy in Pain Management – Half Day Workshop

Date: Sunday 15 March 2015

Time: 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm

Cost: $110 (Early Bird), $135 (Standard)

This half day workshop is designed for Physiotherapists who work with people in pain.  The workshop will address a range of issues of direct relevance to Physiotherapists, including:

  • Working with a Pain Specialist and GP in primary/secondary healthcare,
  • Understanding Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Quantitative Sensory Testing and its relevance to neuropathic pain presentations.

The workshop will provide the ideal opportunity to network with other physiotherapists working in the field of pain management.

Speakers include:

Dr Ken Cameron, a general practitioner with thirty years experience in full time family practice.

Niamh Maloney, a lecturer for the Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney.

Dr Graham Rice, graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1970 and trained in Anaesthesia in England, Scotland and Queensland.

Ben Wand, currently the coordinator of musculoskeletal studies for the Physiotherapy program at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Physiotherapy in Pain Management is proudly sponsored by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and supported by the University of Sydney.

To book into any of our Pre Conference Workshops please visit our registration page.

About Australian Pain Society

The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary body aiming to relieve pain and related suffering through leadership in clinical practice, education, research and public advocacy.

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  1. I attended this conference in March and learned so many eye-opening things about acute pain management. The speakers were memorable and amazing, Dr Geraldine Chew is among the very well-informed physiotherepaist about pain management in the world. I intend to never miss it and loved every minute of it! You get plenty of ‘bang for the buck’ only at that conference. many of my patients run on the beach at Cronulla with pain, the role of the physiotherapist is important to deal with pain management, thanks again


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