Amanda Galvin

Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre

Royal North Shore Hospital, Douglas Building

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500   |   F: +61 (0)2 9463 1050


Shaan & Geoffrey Verco, PMRI Ltd

c/- PMRI, Douglas Building

Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards

T: +61 (0)2 9929 5566  |



Pain Clinical Service Centre

Pain Management & Research Centre

Douglas Building, Royal North Shore Hospital

Reserve Road, St Leonards

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500

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Education & Training

Our Experts

Our postgraduate coursework degree programs are supported and developed in collaboration with a team of Australian and international academic clinicians and researchers including neuroscientists, anaesthetists, pharmacologists, oral surgeons, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists and research personnel. All are widely experienced in pain management. 


In addition, current research developments from the Pain Management Research Institute are rapidly translated into our postgraduate degree program. 




Our team of local and international content experts are widely published in the pain management field. A selection of their recent publications are listed below.


Dr Ghauri Aggarwal

  • Cheung, W., Aggarwal, G., Fugaccia, E., Thanakrishnan, G., Milliss, D., Anderson, R., Stock, D., Bird, H., Tan, J., Fryc, A.C. (2010). Palliative care teams in the intensive care unit: a randomised, controlled, feasibility study. Critical Care Resuscitation, 12(1):28-35. Read more


Professor Ali Asghari

  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Blyth, F., Wood, B., Murray, R., McCabe, R., Brnabic, A., Beston, L., Corbett, M., Sherrington, C., Overton, S. (2013). Self-management intervention for chronic pain in older adults: A randomised controlled trial. Pain, 154(6), 824-835. Read more

  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2013). Catastrophizing Mediates the Relationship Between Pain Intensity and Depressed Mood in Older Adults With Persistent Pain. The Journal of Pain, 14(2), 149-157. Read more


Ms Lee Beeston

  • Nicholas, M.K., Asghari, A., Corbett, M., Smeets, R.J., Wood, B.M., Overton, S., Perry, C., Tonkin, L.E., Beeston, L. (2012). Is adherence to pain self-management strategies associated with improved pain, depression and disability in those with disabling chronic pain? European Journal of Pain, 16(1), 93-104. Read more

  • Molloy, A.R., Nicholas, M.K., Asghari, A., Beeston, L.R., Dehghani, M., Cousins, M.J., Brooker, C., Tonkin, L. (2006). Does a combination of intensive cognitive-behavioral pain management and a spinal implantable device confer any advantage? A preliminary examination. Pain Practice, 6(2), 96-103. Read more


Professor Fiona Blyth

  • Hoy, D., March, L., Brooks, P., Blyth, F., Woolf, A., Bain, C., Williams, G., Smith, E., Vos, T., Barendregt, J., et al (2014). The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73(6), 968-974. Read more

  • Lim, S. S., Vos, T., Flaxman, A. D., Danaei, G., Shibuya, K., Adair-Rohani, H., ... Blyth, F.M. ... & Davis, A. (2013). A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet, 380(9859):2224-2260. Read more

  • Blyth, F. M., March, L. M., Brnabic, A. J., Jorm, L. R., Williamson, M., & Cousins, M. J. (2001). Chronic pain in Australia: a prevalence study. Pain, 89(2), 127-134. Read more


Dr Helen Boocock

  • Boocock, H., Vickers, E.R. (2009). Management of trigeminal neuralgia and its atypical variant. Medicine Today, 10(11), 14-22.


Professor Herta Flor

  • Klinger, R., Colloca, L., Bingel, U., Flor, H. (2014). Placebo analgesia: Clinical applications. Pain. 155(6), 1055-1058. Read more

  • Flor, H., Diers, M., Andoh, J.A. (2013). The neural basis of phantom limb pain. Trends in Cognitive Science. 17(7), 307-8. Read more

  • Flor, H., Diers, M. (2007). Limitations of pharmacotherapy: behavioral approaches to chronic pain. Handbook Experimental Pharmacology. (177), 415-27. Read more


Dr Bradley Wood

  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2013). Catastrophizing Mediates the Relationship Between Pain Intensity and Depressed Mood in Older Adults With Persistent Pain. The Journal of Pain, 14(2), 149-157. Read more

  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2010). Assessing Pain in Older People With Persistent Pain: The NRS Is Valid But Only Provides Part of the Picture. The Journal of Pain, 11(12), 1259-1266. Read more