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Thursday 4th April 2019

In the most comprehensive financial analysis of chronic pain in Australia to date, The cost of pain in Australia report by Deloitte Access Economics reveals the staggering cost of chronic pain on Australian lives and the economy. 

More than three million Australians live with chronic pain which significantly impacts on their ability to work, sleep and maintain relationships.  As a nation the pain price tag is already $139 billion per annum.

Painaustralia's The cost of pain in Australia report and National Strategic Action Plan for pain management table a number of pathways to address this burgeoning issue.

Lesley Brydon AM recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List

26th January 2019

Please join us in congratulating Lesley Brydon, who today was announced as a recipient of the AM Award, Member of the Order of Australia, for "significant service to community health through the implementation of the National Pain Strategy".

Painaustralia: Founding Chief Executive Officer, 2010-2017. Executive Director, National Pain Summit, 2010. Coordinator of the development and launch of the National Pain Strategy, 2009-2010. Member, Clinical Advisory Committee, Medicare Review Pain Management, 2018 Member, Leadership Group in the development of the National Osteoarthritis Strategy, 2018. Collaboration in project with the Australian Preventive Partnership Centre, 2017.   Consultant, Pain Management Research Institute, 2008-2010.  

Lesley continues to serve PMRI as a member of our Fund-Raising Committee.


23 to 29 July 2018

Hi my name is Karen Shearan and I have been a chronic pain sufferer for 40 years. In 2005 I was referred to the ADAPT program at the Royal North Shore Pain Clinic.  This program helped me and my children immensely to learn how to manage better, understand and cope with my chronic pain on a day to day basis.  With "One Song at a Time", I hope to alleviate the financial stress placed on the patient attending ADAPT by raising money for accommodation, food, petrol and any other expenses incurred.  Donations to PMRI Ltd are fully tax deductible - click on my photo (left).

Advances in Chronic Back Pain Treatment

22nd June 2018

Too many people are putting up with chronic back pain and neck pain simply because they don't know about the innovative treatments now available.


Dr Lewis Holford, interventional pain medicine specialist and Director of the Northern Pain Centre at North Shore Private Hospital, says rapid developments in pain medicine can mean many patients are not aware of recent advances in treatment options.

Advertising feature appearing in Sydney Morning Herald

Half of spinal cord injury patients may still have some connectivity, Australian study finds

31 January 2018

A joint research study between the Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney and Neuroscience Research Australia has found that half of the study's patients suffering from major spinal cord injuries still have surviving sensory nerve connections.  

The blinded study used functional MRI (fMRI) to monitor the brain activity of 23 people with complete spinal cord injury and 21 people with no injury or spinal pain as the researchers brushed their big toes.  They found the somatosensory brain regions "lit up" in 48 per cent of the spinal cord injury patients when their toes were touched.

Read the ABC news article by Sophie Scott and Rebecca Armitage here:

"MANAGE YOUR PAIN", on sale now via PMRI Ltd's booking site for $20 plus postage

1st March 2018

Practical and positive ways of adapting to chronic pain.  Now in its 3rd edition.

Professor Michael Nicholas has been working in the pain field since 1980 as a clinical psychologist, educator and researcher; inaugural director of the INPUT pain management program at St Thomas's Hospital in London between 1988 and 1990; commenced the very successful ADAPT program at Royal North Shore Hospital's Pain Management and Research Centre (PMRC) in 1994.

Dr Allan Molloy is a Neuropharmacology graduate from University of London, becoming an anaesthetist in 1992, now a senior lecturer and specialist at PMRC.

Lois Tonkin is a senior physiotherapist and clincial lecturer at PMRC.

Lee Beeston is a senior nurse working on the ADAPT program at PMRC, with a M.Sc. in Pain Medicine. 

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St Leonards  NSW  2065

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