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News: 2018

Help us celebrate Kate's 40th Birthday

7th October 2018

As many of Kate's friends and family know, Kate has struggled for well over 10 years with chronic pain, following her ankle injury playing netball (2001), and yet she still manages to present a bright and cheerful face, and busies herself with her teaching full time.  Dr Paul Wrigley said: "As part of her 40th Birthday celebration, Kate is requesting that in lieu of gifts, she would like friends and family to acknowledge her journey with a donation to CRPS* Research.  She has done extremely well personally and contributed very generously with her time and energy the entire time we have been involved with her care."    * Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Understanding Chronic Pain: Ch 9 Today Interview

Monday 23rd July 2018

Chronic pain sufferer Karen Shearan and Professor Michael Nicholas from the Royal North Shore Hospital's Pain Management Research Institute discuss the reality of living with chronic pain in "TODAY's Agenda" with moderator Georgie Gardner.  One in 5 Australians live with chronic pain, yet the disease is not well understood in the community and by many members of the medical profession.


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

"MANAGE YOUR PAIN", on sale now via PMRI Ltd's booking site for $24.95

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. 

"Sailing Through Pain" Luncheon at NSW Parliament House, Friday 20th April 2018

20th April 2018

NSW Minister for Health, The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, has agreed to host a fund-raising luncheon at Parliament House, Macquarie St Sydney, themed "Sailing Through Pain" with special guest speaker, multi-Paralympian Liesl Tesch AM MP (left).  

Our MC at the event is Sally Loane, CEO, Financial Services Council and former journalist and broadcaster.  Fellow host is Professor Paul Glare, Chair of Pain Medicine at University of Sydney and Director, PMRI. 

Proceeds from this event assist PMRI in our research and education work, specifically studies in the areas of 'opioid-tapering' and 'chemo-induced pain'.

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:

Professor Fiona Blyth AM has been recognised in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List

26th January 2018

Professor Fiona Blyth AM (left) has been recognised in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List for her significant service to medical research and education in the field of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform.  

Fiona holds the following University of Sydney positions: Associate Dean and Head, Concord Clinical School; Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine; Senior Investigator, Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project; Content Expert, Pain Management Research Institute.  Fiona has published over 130 medical and scientific articles and book chapters, and holds a number of visiting professorships and advisory and editorial positions recognised globally.

Dr Paul Wrigley promoted to professorial position by Sydney University

10th January 2018

Conjoint Associate Professor Paul Wrigley Sydney Medical School – Northern, heads the PMRI's Clinical Pain Neurophysiology Research Team. Paul is a Senior Staff Specialist in Pain Medicine at the RNSH providing care for people with pain & supervises Pain Specialist Training. Paul's research answers questions arising from patient care using novel nerve assessment tools. He is running separate clinical trials examining the effect of spinal cord stimulation and chemotherapy on nerve function. He is also undertaking a statewide project aiming to improve chronic pain care in NSW Emergency Departments and is involved in an early recovery program for workers following injury.

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Amanda Galvin

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Pain Clinical Service Centre

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St Leonards  NSW  2065

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