Australian Pain Society
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Special Interest Groups:
Pain in Childhood: www.apsoc.org.au/pain-in-childhood
Basic Pain Research: https://www.apsoc.org.au/basic-pain-research
Chapter Mailing Address:
Australian Pain Society
Secretariat: Tracy Hallen
P.O Box 637, North Sydney NSW 2059
President: Anne Burke
President-Elect: Trudy Maunsell
Treasurer: Tim Austin
Secretary: Will Howard
Immediate Past President: Fiona Hodson
IASP Liaison: Michael Nicholas
ACT Director:Andrew Watson
NSW Director: Tim Ho
NT Director: Diann Black
QLD Director: Joyce McSwan
SA Director: Michelle Harris
TAS Director: Dinah Spratt
VIC Director: Laura Prendergast
WA Director: Shadreck Tozana
Scientific Program Committee Chair: Kevin Keay
PhD Scholarship Chair: Michael Farrell
Newsletter Editor: Stephanie Davies
Newsletter Assistant Editor: Lincoln Tracy
February 9, 2021
“Ever wondered what’s happening down under? Here’s a brief report from our Executive Officer about APS history and happenings – it’s a bit like speed dating with your Aussie colleagues.” (A/Prof Anne Burke, President, Australian Pain Society)
The Australian Pain Society (APS), the Australian Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), is the only body representing multidisciplinary pain care in Australia. Our vision is that all people will have optimal access to pain prevention and management throughout their lives, and we strive for that goal through active involvement in advocacy, meetings and education, and research.
Our members consistently maintain strong pain management advocacy via government submissions, contributing to key sector working groups and collaboratives, as well as targeted networking each year. We align our Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs) with IASP’s Global Year theme, which for 2021 is back pain, and we continue to support and promote these themed initiatives throughout the year. APS also presents the Bonica Lecture at ASM, named for John Bonica in 1984 and now bestowed on an Australian scientist or clinician in recognition of their contribution to pain management research and practice.
Workshops and webinars throughout the year support our members as they work toward innovation and growth in their field. In addition, our membership in a large national consortium – contracted by the Australian government to deliver multidisciplinary pain education – ensures that APS as a whole plays a critical role in informing the development of a national pain management education strategy.
In 2020, APS successfully published “Waiting in Pain II: An Updated Review of the Provision of Persistent Pain Services in Australia”, as well as a Position Statement on "The Role of the Psychologist in the Management of Persistent Pain", building on our library of pain care resources. We next look forward to launching painSTAR; a Pain School for Translation and Research, which will support researcher development in the Australasian region.
APS was established in 1979 and, over the past two years, updated its Constitution to become a registered charity. Through our charity status, we continue to support our flagship PhD program and other pain management research activities. APS is a member of the Australian Ethical Health Alliance (AEHA), in line with our active focus on vigilant ethical practice and governance processes.
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