2018 Spring Meeting


Join us in Cairns to explore the theme – “Looking north, looking up at pain”.
This year’s Spring Meeting is a collaboration with our Hong Kong colleagues with representation from the Board of Pain Medicine of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthetists on the Organising Committee. The result is a scientific program with a distinctly Asia-Pacific perspective.

Our international speaker, Dr Stephen Ward, is a consultant in pain medicine at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Ward will discuss his experience with the development of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines; the evidence for efficacy of spinal procedures, including radiofrequency neurotomy and the different perspectives of the NICE guidelines; and the recent minimal Intervention treatments for low back pain(MINT) paper from the Netherlands.
Complementing the international visitor will be a range of Australasian and Hong Kong speakers from medical specialties, including neuromodulation, Indigenous health, opioids, surgery, pain medicine, and psychiatry.
The meeting will be held at the Pullman International Cairns from October 19-21. 


Not long until the meeting, register now!


If you have a college ID, register online.
If you don’t have a college ID, please download a registration form.


Meeting app

We are being sustainable and moving away from satchels and abstract books to a meeting app!  All registered delegates will receive an email from Showgizmo to download the app and create an account.  On how to help you set up please download the instructions.


Social functions

All delegates and guest ticket holders are invited to join us at a welcome reception on the evening of Friday October 19, at the Pullman Cairns International.

The conference dinner will be held on the Saturday evening at the Salt House Restaurant. Situated at Marina Point, Salt House is a unique dining, bar, and entertainment venue, designed by renowned Sydney designer Michael McCann of Dreamtime Australia Design, offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, marina, and city of Cairns.


Optional activities:

We have negotiated special offers for you to experience the beauty of Cairns and the reef with GBR Helicopters above and beyond.
We have discounted rates of the following experiences:

  • Ultimate Reef and Rainforest Explorer, 60 minute scenic flight our special rate $599pp.  Visit their website for more information.
  • Sandy Cay Escape, 2 hour scenic flight with our special rate $799. Visit their website for more information.
  • Reef discovery, 30 minute scenic flight with our special rate $299.  Visit their website for more information.

To make your booking, please contact GBR Helicopters above and beyond reservation department via telephone 074081 8888 or email: reservations@gbr.com.au  and quote “FPM Spring Meeting”.



A number of rooms have been reserved at the Pullman Cairns International for a special group rate. We strongly recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. Please contact Pullman Cairns International directly on 07 4050 2152 and state that you’re attending “2018 FPM Spring Meeting”. 

Continuing professional development (CPD)

This event can be claimed by ANZCA CPD participants within the knowledge and skills category.  Please visit the website for more information.

Organising committee

Associate Professor Brendan Moore, Convenor
Dr Matthew Bryant, Committee member
Dr Tony Ng, Committee member
Dr Clara Wong, Committee member
Dr Steven Wong, Committee member
Dr Timmy Chan, Committee member

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. 


Healthcare industry sponsorship and exhibition opportunities 

We acknowledge the generous support of our major sponsors:



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