2018 Spring Meeting

Join us in Cairns this October for our three-day annual Faculty of Pain Medicine Spring Meeting. 

This year’s theme is “Looking north: looking up at pain”. International and Australian experts will explore topics including:
  • The NICE guidelines.
  • The evidence for efficacy of spinal procedures, including radiofrequency nuerotomy.
  • Medicinal cannabis.
  • Indigenous health and pain medicine. 

Keynote speaker

Dr Stephen Ward is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has a private practice based at the Nuffield Hospital. He specialises in a wide range of pain conditions including back pain, sciatica and other spinal pain problems, nerve pain, cancer related pain and headache. Dr Ward is an expert in evidence based back pain treatment and is chair of the NICE guideline on low back pain and sciatica.


The meeting will be held at Pullman Cairns International, located in the heart of Cairns in tropical north Queensland, close to the departure point for daily trips to the Great Barrier Reef and other natural attractions.

Event artwork

This year’s design concept is inspired by Rosella Namok. 

Born: 1979, Lockhart River, Queensland
Region: Eastern Cape York Peninsula
Area: Lockhart River, Queensland
Language: Aangkum (Ungkun)

Rosella first appeared on the contemporary art scene in the late 1990s to become the most successful artist to come out of Far North Queensland’s renowned "Lockhart River Art Gang". Her paintings revolve around several narratives relating to social, physical, and natural environments. It is through her finger patterned linear arrangements that Rosella creates her signature designs. Rosella’s works are currently held in dozens of private, public and university collections, both nationally and internationally, including all state and national galleries in Australia; The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, US and Columbus State University, Georgia, US. 

Her painting process is instinctive, as she builds layers of multi coloured, high gloss paints, until she arrives at her place in mind! Rarely using a brush Rosella prefers direct contact with her hands and scribing tools. Many of her works are etched with her fingers, sticks or small scraper boards; a technique inspired by watching the older women draw in the sand as they shared their stories from before time. Growing up in Lockhart River, Rosella recalls all the stories and yarns she had with the "old girls”, her aunties, grannies and other family who helped explain to her how the world around her was formed.


Associate Professor Brendan Moore


For further information please contact the meeting secretariat:
Eleni Koronakos
Senior Events Officer
P: +61 3 8517 5308

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