Ms Fiona Hodson

Fiona Hodson is a Pain Management Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Hunter Integrated Pain Service NSW, Australia. Fiona has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery including inpatient, outpatient, procedural, research, aged care, community, health promotion, education, strategic planning, redesign and management. Fiona has developed strong links with the University of Newcastle, General Practice and the rural sector within Hunter New England Local Health Network (HNELHN) regarding Pain Management resources and practice.…

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Mr Anthony Ackroyd

Anthony Ackroyd is one of Australia’s most successful stand up comics and comedy writers. He is currently one of the stars of ABC’s Thank God It’s Friday!, the top rating radio comedy show in Australia. In his stellar career as a stand up comic he has produced laughter live in front of audiences ranging in number from a private party of 10 to 110,000 at Stadium Australia. Anthony rose to prominence as a star of ABC TV’s legendary comedy series The Big Gig and has performed and written for hundreds of Australian and international TV shows, radio programmes, and feature films (he’s even been a question on Wheel Of Fortune!). He now teaches people how to use humour and laughter to create more happiness, energy and success in all areas of life. Anthony's work is recognised worldwide and he has received the ultimate validation of his expertise, an endorsement on Oprah Winfrey’s website.…

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Dr Chris Hayes -  Pain Specialist

Chris Hayes has a background in anaesthesia before undertaking training as a pain medicine specialist. He works in Newcastle NSW and has been Director of Hunter Integrated Pain Service since its foundation in 1997. He is a current board member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine and has just completed a stint as medical co-chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation's Pain Network in NSW. His interests include a "whole person" approach to pain and the redesign of health systems to achieve greater integration between community and primary levels and the specialist sector. Outside of medicine he is an obsessional trail runner and part-time sea kayaker.…

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Professor Michael Nicholas

Professor Michael Nicholas is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Pain Education and Pain Management Programs at the Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney, at Royal North Shore Hospital. He has a national and international reputation in the field of pain, as a clinician, researcher and educator, with over 170 publications and most recently as Co-Chair of the ACI Pain Network in NSW.

This presentation will provide an overview of the open-access resources the ACI-Pain Network has created for those living with pain, and their health care providers. It will include recent developments in the provision of services for people of CALD and Aboriginal backgrounds, as well as the pain management outcomes that have been achieved across NSW over the last 4 years.…

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Dr Caroline West

Dr Caroline West is a GP, Managing Director of East Sydney Doctors and is one of Australia’s best-known media doctors. Caroline has a special interest in lifestyle medicine and wellness and is the past president of The Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Her areas of expertise include nutrition, stress management, work life balance, chronic pain, healthy lifestyle behavioural changes, mental health, sleep, exercise and preventative medicine. She is a leader in this field and communicates the latest in medical advances not only to her patients but also to a broader audience through her work as a media doctor, health broadcaster, corporate speaker and consultant. As a TV media doctor she is currently a regular on The Project and ABC The Drum . She has been a presenter and producer on programs including Beyond 2000, Good Medicine, George Negus Tonight, 60 Minutes and Beyond Tomorrow. She lives in Sydney with her husband and children. In her spare time, Caroline loves playing the ukulele and singing disco covers.…

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Dr Coralie Wales

Coralie Wales is the founder and current President of Chronic Pain Australia, the first ever organisation standing up for Australians in pain. In this role since 2006 Dr Wales has worked to build a societal understanding of the consumer experience of illness and disability. She has conceived and executed many national and online consumer-driven campaigns to strengthen the partnership between provider and consumer of healthcare services. …

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