We look forward to sharing the knowledge and expertise of this wonderful National Keynote Speaker line up at the 2018 APS 38th and NZPS Conjoint ASM, to be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney this April.

Dr Leinani Aiono-le Tagaloa

Tagaloa_webDr Leinani Aiono-le Tagaloa began her career in Pain Medicine in 2014 with a fellowship at The Auckland Regional Pain Service. She graduated FFPMANZCA in April 2016 and splits her work week between chronic pain at The Auckland Regional Pain Service and acute pain/anaesthesia at Auckland Hospital. She is also a council member for the New Zealand Pain Society and the current Editor-in-Chief of Ngau Mamae, quarterly publication of the New Zealand Pain Society.

Dr Aioni-le Tagaloa will present The road less travelled.

Professor Simon Brookes

Brookes, SimonProfessor Simon Brookes is a Professor of Human Physiology at Flinders University. He was awarded his PhD in 1984 for studies on the nervous system of insects. From this he developed a continuing interest in simple neural circuits. He did post-doctoral research in the Royal London Hospital, then moved to Flinders University in 1988.  He has been funded by senior research fellowships from the Gastroenterological Society and NHMRC of Australia.  In 2005, he was appointed Professor and Head of Human Physiology at Flinders University. Simon’s research focusses on how nerve cells work together to give coordinated control of the organs of the body and how they go wrong in disease.

Professor Brookes will present Peripheral axonal structure: Studies of the business end of nociceptors.

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder

buchbinder_webProfessor Rachelle Buchbinder is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist and an Australian NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. She is the Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute; Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; Joint Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Musculoskeletal; and current President of the Australian Rheumatology Association. She is a founding member and current Steering Group Chair of the recently established Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trial Network.

Professor Buchbinder will be presenting the Bonica Lecture, discussing Setting the research agenda for improving health care in musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Tony Fernando

fernando_webDr Tony Fernando is a psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his psychiatry and sleep training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by medical students and the faculty of medicine in Auckland.

Dr Fernando will present Sleep and pain.

A/Prof Damien Finniss

finniss_webAssociate Professor Damien Finniss (MB BS, PhD, MSc Med, BPhty, BExSc) is a clinician and researcher at the Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He is an Associate Professor at Sydney University (Pain Medicine, Northern Clinical School) and Griffith University.

Associate Professor Finniss is the Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) group on Placebo and regularly presents his work at National and International meetings.

Associate Professor will be presenting the Tess Cramond Lecture, discussing Placebo analgesia: Challenges and opportunities for clinical practice.

Professor Peter O’Sullivan

OSullivan_PeterProfessor Peter O’Sullivan is internationally recognised as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in Physiotherapy, he has published more than 190 research papers, been keynote speaker at 90 national and international conferences and taught in 22 countries on the diagnosis and management of persistent pain disorders. He and his team conduct clinical research investigating the life course, underlying mechanisms and targeted behavioural management of persistent and disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Professor O’Sullivan will present Making sense of disabling back pain.

A/Prof Greta Palmer

palmer_gretaAssociate Professor Greta Palmer is a paediatric anaesthetist and pain specialist who works at the Royal Children’s Hospital and part-time at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne. She is an Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne and a Research Associate with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her interests are acute and chronic pain management at both centres, including evidence based practice and holistic patient care. She has a research interest in paediatric pharmacokinetics and chronic pain.

Associate Professor Palmer will present Realistic outcome expectations in paediatric chronic pain clinics.

We are delighted to have this knowledgeable line up of National Keynote Speakers present at the 2018 APS 38th and NZPS Conjoint ASM. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this ASM has to offer.

Registrations are now open!

Click here to register for the 2018 APS 38th and NZPS Conjoint ASM.


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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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