We are honoured to introduce the International Keynote Speakers for the

2021 Australian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting.

All 3 speakers will be joining us live for interactive sessions that will include time for Q&A with delegates.

A/Prof Amanda C de C Williams

We are delighted to have A/ Professor Amanda

C de C Williams presenting on the following topics at APS 2021:

  • Where does the evidence on pain management lead us?
  • Why does an evolutionary perspective matter in pain?

Amanda C de C Williams is a Reader (Associate Professor) in clinical health psychology at University College London, and a consultant clinical psychologist at the Pain Management Centre, University College London Hospital, UK. She also works for the International Centre for Health and Human Rights, and is Section Editor for Psychology on PAIN.

After qualifying in 1985, she was a full-time clinician in an inpatient and outpatient pain management programme for many years, with research interests concerning the programme. After obtaining her PhD in 1996, she moved increasingly into academic posts, joining University College London in 2004. She still works half a day a week as a clinician in chronic pain management and developing multidisciplinary pain services in an acute hospital. For several years she worked for a torture survivor charity in the UK.

Amanda’s particular interests are application of evidence-based medicine to pain, including evaluation of psychologically-based treatments by systematic review and meta-analyses; developing evolutionary perspectives to pain and behaviour associated with pain, in humans and in other animals; behavioural expression of pain and its interpretation by clinicians; pain from torture and its better recognition and treatment; and the use of responsive wearable technology to extend healthcare into patients’ own environments. She has written over 250 papers and chapters on pain and psychology, and presents at national and international pain meetings; publications can be found on UCL website.  

Registrations are now open. Visit the APS 2021 website for more updates.

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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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