News & Events
WISE STUDY WINS icare TMF AWARD
9th November 2016
The Work Injury Screening and Early Intervention ("WISE") study consortium - NSW Health, EML, icare and The University of Sydney's Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) - has been named joint winner of the Framework and Systems section of the 2016 icare TMF awards. This is the second major award for the WISE study, cementing PMRI’s position as a global leader in innovative pain management.
The Awards for Excellence in Risk Management have become a major occasion for government agencies to share their experience and learnings in both preventive and post-incident risk management.
icare CEO Vivek Bhatia said, “Each of our winners are role models in the public and private sector for implementing leading edge ideas in workplace injury prevention and safety strategies by pioneering new systems, processes, and design.”
“ We congratulate Professor Michael Nicholas for his leadership and dedication to the WISE study and affirm our commitment to support all efforts to translate this into improved workplace practices and culture.” said Painaustralia CEO Lesley Brydon.
For more information about the icare TMF Awards, click here.
FESTSCHRIFT: SEMINAR IN CELEBRATION OF MICHAEL COUSINS' CAREER
19 May 2016
This Seminar on Anaesthesia and Pain Management held at Kolling Auditorium from 2pm to 6pm is to commemorate the life's work of Professor Michael J. Cousins AO, who is retiring from his full-time role at Royal North Shore Hospital and The University of Sydney as Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management. The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health, has kindly agreed to open the seminar at 2pm. There will be several speakers of national and international repute who will be speaking at the seminar, details of which are on the enclosed flyer. Bookings are essential. For enquiries, please contact Shaan on firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW PAIN TECHNOLOGY FEATURED ON ABC'S CATALYST PROGRAM
22 March 2016
If you missed the program on ABC TV, you may watch it here at this link below.Featured in the story are Professor Michael Cousins, Dr John Parker and the new Saluda 'closed loop' neuromodulation technology. Back pain - almost all of us has either had it or will experience it in our life time. In fact, four million Australians may be suffering from low back pain right now, and for around 40% of people that pain will persist and become chronic with devastating effects. But what if you could end the agony? Watch here
TWO 60-YEAR OLDS ATTEMPT MARATHON OCEAN SWIM FOR PAIN RESEARCH
19 April 2016
Experienced ocean swimmers, Kieran Kelly and Barry Feyder, with support from Coach and Swim Manager Charm Frend, will be attempting to swim 28km from Palm Beach to Manly on Sunday 10th April in a two-man relay.One in three Australians over 60 years of age lives with chronic pain. Kieran has experienced life with acute pain, and Charm is a patient who copes with back, leg and headache pain constantly. They want to raise awareness of chronic pain and its costs to the community. The event will receive coverage on ‘Sunday with Macca’ on ABC Radio nationally, and elsewhere. Read more
WALK AGAINST PAIN, SCG - A GREAT AFTERNOON OUT!
3 February 2016
Over 150 "Friends of PMRI" joined our 5th Walk Against Pain at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Wednesday 3rd February. We were joined by the Maasai Cricket Warriors from Kenya, Sunny the Sun from Sydney Children's Hospital and "The Richies". For more photos from the day, check out our Facebook site. Special thanks to our corporate supporters who provided walkers, volunteers and cricketers - Mundipharma, Pfizer, St Jude Medical, ANZ and NAB. And to our hosts at the SCG, the Primary Club of Australia. Facebook
PAIN MANAGEMENT: WHEN PAIN PERSISTS
12 February 2016
Article by Sean Parnell, Health Editor, The Australian. Lesley Brydon knows more about Australia's health system than anyone should.Twice widowed, Brydon lost on ehusband to cancer and another to heart disease, both at a young age. She has had osteoarthritis since her 20s, culminating in two hip replacements, two shoulder replacements and two knee replacements, and is rehabilitating after her most recent upgrade. Pain has been her constant companion, so much so that she now heads the not-for-profit body Painaustralia, established in 2011 to promote the need for best practice in pain management. Read more
NEW PMRI T-SHIRT "CONQUERING PAIN"
3 February 2016
You may purchase the PMRI T-shirt with the new logo 'Conquering Pain' on the "Friends" booking site, click here. $20 each includes postage and handling. Buy Here
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
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