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


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Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards

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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

Webinar Skills Training in Pain Management

In previous years, we have been privileged to hear from many leading local and international experts in the field of pain as part of our Visiting Scholars program.

Visiting Scholars - 2017

Topic: Cannabinoids and Pain Management


Tony Hall is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacotherapeutics at Queensland University of Technology. He has 30 years experience as a hospital pharmacist, 27 of these in Clinical Pharmacy practice and 20 years experience within UK’s National Health Service. Tony is a clinical educator at both basic and advanced levels of pharmacy practice and has extensive experience of educational input to healthcare professions. He is a recognised Clinical Pharmacy expert in Palliative Care, Pain Management, Haematology/Oncology and Medication Risk Management.

Tony has been living in Australia since 1999 moving into a role as Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced in Persistent Pain at the Gold Coast Interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Centre in 2009. In this role Tony provides a holistic review of the use of a patient’s medication, educating the patient on the use of medication in their pain management. He is active in working to reduce the use of opioid analgesics and has maintained an active interest in the development of medical marijuana research in Australia.

Topic: Surgery for Pain

Prof Ian Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNSW and an active clinician and researcher. His areas of clinical interest relate to trauma and fragility fractures. His academic interests include surgical outcomes, the evidence base for surgery, clinical trials, joint replacement, rehabilitation and clinical quality registries.

Ian is the author of the book Surgery - The Ultimate Placebo: A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence in which he argues that the evidence for the success for many common operations become current accepted practice without full examination of the evidence.

Topic: The Evolution of the Science of Pain: from gate control theory to central sensitization​


Professor Jane Ballantyne received her medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London, England. She trained in Anaesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, before moving to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston in 1990. She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in MGH in 1999. She moved to the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Education and Research. Her research is focused on the development of opioid management tools utilizing electronic outcomes assessment and rapid learning methodology. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks, and is a widely published author and is involved in the development of on-line educational programs. In 2014 she was appointed President of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP).