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OPIATE HOTSPOTS: WHY NSW REGIONAL DOCTORS DISH OUT THE PAINKILLERS
Published Saturday 28 November 2015 | Sydney Morning Herald, by Harriet Alexander
This is a tale of two Peters: Peter Panagiotopoulos smashed a disc and vertebra in his back shifting concrete pilings in his job at the metal yard. He had surgery, started a course of heavy painkillers and took to his bed. Family life swirled around him. Birthdays, weddings and christenings came and went. Click here to read more.
WHAT I LIVE WITH: CHRONIC PAIN
Published 19 November 2015 | The Huffington Post, by Cayla Dengate
This feature highlights the challenges faced by one in five Australian who live with chronic pain. Offering perspectives from four different individuals, it shows the diversity of the pain experience as well as the common threads, which are in fact shared by most people with chronic pain.
No matter age or circumstances, pain is something that must be accepted in the first instance, in order to find a new normal for living. Multidisciplinary pain management is the most effective way to regain quality of life and improve return-to-work rates. It is vital that people with chronic pain take charge of their own pain management, to achieve better outcomes, despite the pain. Read more
AUSSIE INNOVATION GIVES HOPE TO BACK PAIN SUFFERERS
Published Wednesday 14th October 2015 | Sydney Morning Herald and 9News
PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM ON PAIN RESEARCH | TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER 6PM-7PM
You are invited to attend this free public health forum organised by the Pain Management Research Institute and Rotary District 9685. One in 5 Australians live with chronic pain, often caught in a cycle of pills, depression and inactivity. Please share this invitation with friends and family. It will really help us if you could reserve your seat(s) in advance.
This seminar will appeal to a very broad audience, including people living with chronic pain or caring for someone with this condition. Keynote speaker is Dr Charles Brooker, staff anaesthetist, pain specialist and Director of the Pain Management Research Centre at Royal North Shore.
Dr Brooker will be assisted by at least one patient living with chronic pain, and one of PMRI's research team leaders, Dr Paul Wrigley, staff pain specialist and head of the clinical pain neurophysiology research unit. Following a panel Q&A, attendees are invited to share in refreshments in the auditorium foyer and chat with the speakers and other attendees. We sincerely appreciate the support of Rotary District 9685 in the planning and publicising for this significant event. Register here now
For further details please visit our events page.
WALK AGAINST PAIN - SCG | 3RD FEBRUARY 2016 - REGISTER NOW
The next Walk Against Pain at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 from 4pm onwards. Watch this space for more information including the Maasai Cricket Warriors from Kenya and other exciting entertainment on the day. We need Walkers, Sponsors, Marshals and other Volunteers, to send out about helping chronic pain sufferers.
VISITING SCHOLAR PROF. LUKE HENDERSON
Prof. Luke Henderson from The University of Sydney will be presenting a seminar entitled Pain and the Neuropathic Brain on Wed 16 September 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm. Find out more
GLOBAL YEAR AGAINST NEUROPATHIC PAIN
The International Association for the Study of Pain, the Australian Pain Society, the New Zealand Pain Society, the Faculty of Pain Medicine, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Painaustralia announce the Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain commencing 20 October 2014 to 31 December 2015. Download
HIGH PRICE OF PAIN
This report was commissioned by the MBF Foundation in collaboration with the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute to estimate the economic impact of chronic (or persistent) pain in Australia in 2007. Around 3.2 million Australians (1.4 million males and 1.7 million females) are estimated to experience chronic pain. Read more
"AMBROSIA" PREVIEW SCREENING ON TUESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2015 AT 6:30PM
You are invited to attend a special preview of a new feature ﬁlm 'Ambrosia' by director Rhiannon Bannenberg presented during National Pain Week at Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne (Sydney).
The ﬁlm which deals with the psychological impact of chronic pain on a young woman's life has been selected by hosts PMRI. For more information, click here.
VISITING SCHOLAR PROF. SEAN MACKEY
Prof. Sean Mackey from Stanford University will be presenting a seminar entitled 'Assessing Outcomes in Pain Management', on Thursday 13th August from 4-5pm. Find out more
VISITING SCHOLAR PROF. DEBORAH SCHOFIELD
Prof. Deborah Schofield from The University of Sydney will be presenting a seminar entitled 'The Cost of Pain: More than the health system', on Thursday 13th August from 5-6pm. Find out more
VISITING SCHOLAR DR. CLAIRE ASHTON-JAMES
Dr. Claire Ashton-James will be presenting a free seminar entitield 'Pain as a barrier for social relationships', on Thursday 18th June from 5-6pm. Find out more
CAN YOUR BRAIN REDUCE YOUR PAIN?
PMRI's Professor Michael Nicholas and Lesley Brydon, Chief Executive of Pain Australia, were interviewed on ABC Radio National's Life Matters program about "Can your brain reduce pain?". Listen to the interview
TRAINING THE BRAIN TO FEEL LESS PAIN
This Sydney Morning Herald article discusses how learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques from a trained professional can make a positive difference in managing pain. Read article
PUTTING CBT INTO PRACTICE - ONLINE WEBINARS 2015
Our 'Putting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills Practice' online training webinar series are now open for registrations. Health professionals can learn how to help patients better manage chronic or persisting pain problems. Read more
LISTEN TO PMRI'S RADIO AD
PMRI's radio commercial played throughout National Pain Week on 2CH.
EMERGING TRENDS IN NEUROPATHIC PAIN: ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM
Registrations are open for a one-day symposium in Sydney where expert speakers will provide updates on current evidence and clinical practice in neuropathic pain. Read more
HONORARY DOCTORATE AWARDED TO PROFESSOR MICHAEL NICHOLAS
Sweden’s Örebro University and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences warmly welcomed Professor Michael Nicholas as an honorary doctor to celebrate his dedicated work on the influence of psychological factors on pain perception.
Professor Nicholas has established strong ties with the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP) at Örebro University where he has generously shared his expertise and time as a Visiting Research Fellow, a distinguished lecturer, and as a research colleague. This collaboration has resulted in numerous scientific publications as well as joint research grants and projects.
Prof. Michael Nicholas (left) and fellow honoraries
Professor Nicholas is based at the Pain Management Research Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, Australia. He received his doctorate in 1988 and has become internationally recognised for his work in pain, its treatment, and the need for early intervention to prevent the development of long-term disability in people with musculoskeletal disorders. With over 150 published scientific papers, Professor Nicholas's work continues to have a wide impact on the psychology of pain, both theoretically and in clinical practice.
PAIN MANAGEMENT MULTIDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP
Registrations are open for our highly regarded Pain Management Multidiscplinary Workshop running in Sydney in February 2016. Read more
VISITING SCHOLAR: EMERGING RESEARCH
11 February 2015
Prof Phil Siddall will be chairing three postgraduate student presentations entitled Emerging Research on Wed 11 February 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm. Read more
VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM 2015
The Pain Management Research Institute is pleased to announce the Visiting Scholars Program. Join us in March to November to hear from international experts on pain related topics. Read more