About Us

Our Mission & History

To provide funding support to Pain Management Research Institute which is charged with the responsibility to serve the community via research and educational programs aimed at improving the management of acute pain, cancer pain and chronic non-cancer pain.



The vision of Pain Foundation and PMRI is to develop and maintain an excellent multidisciplinary group of basic and clinical researchers who interact with one another to improve the treatment with all forms of severe pain.



Professor Paul Glare, Pain Foundation Board Member, is the Director of PMRI and Chair of Pain Medicine, University of Sydney - Northern Clinical School.  Prof Glare succeeded Professor Michael J Cousins AO in this role in 2015, the latter pioneered this field for over 30 years, serving as Founding president of the Australian Pain Society, founding Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine and President of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Prof Cousins has published two major books on pain and over 250 scientific papers. In recognition of his work Prof Cousins has received an Order of Australia as well as Rotary and many national and international awards; and was appointed Patron of Pain Foundation in 2017.


The PMRI was established in 1990 when Professor Michael Cousins was appointed to a Chair of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Sydney, and as Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH). Professor Cousins had previously developed a large clinical and research focus in the field of Pain Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.

At RNSH, beginning in 1990, it was necessary to develop new facilities for basic and clinical research and to recruit a wide range of new staff. In 2003 the PMRI formalised its involvement in the Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital by becoming a Division of the Kolling Institute.

Beginning in 1996 a residential Diploma and Masters degree course in Pain Management was offered by PMRI with degrees awarded by the University of Sydney.

In 1999 this program evolved into a web based interactive international distance educational program. In 2005 a collaborative agreement was developed with the University of Edinburgh and the University of California permitting enrolment of students at those sites, and greatly enhancing the size of the educational faculty. In 2008 the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines joined the consortium, offering the program to medical graduates in the East Asia region. Currently, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Santo Tomas remain with the collaboration.

In 2004 the PMRI Educational Program received an international award as an "Exemplary Educational Program".

PMRI Ltd was created in 1996 as a separate legal entity with DGR tax status, charged with the mission to raise funds to facilitate innovative research programs, based on the priorities established by the senior PMRI research team. In 2019, we changed the name to Pain Foundation Ltd.



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, Pain Foundation Ltd

c/- PMRC, Douglas Building

Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards NSW 2065

T: +61 (0)2 8387 3483   




Pain Clinical Service Centre

Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre

Douglas Building, Royal North Shore Hospital

St Leonards  NSW  2065

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500


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