Cancer Pain Across The Spectrum

This one-day meeting will give attendees the opportunity to hear national experts present an update on the multidimensional assessment and multidisciplinary management of pain in patients with cancer across the treatment trajectory, from diagnosis to survivorship to end-of-life.


EVENT PROGRAM

8:30 AM: Welcome
Prof Paul Glare – Chair in Pain Medicine, The University of Sydney; Co-chair, Pain & Supportive Care Pillar, Sydney Vital

SESSION 1: Acute cancer pain and interventional techniques
8:35 AM: Interventional techniques in cancer pain
A/Prof Charles Brooker – Pain Medicine Specialist, RNSH

9:05 AM: Interventional radiology
Dr Richard Maher – Interventional Radiologist NSLHD

9:35 AM: Peri-operative issues
Dr Gavin Pattullo – Director of Acute Pain Service, RNSH

10:05 AM: Persistent post-operative pain: Cancer survivors
Prof Paul Glare – Chair in Pain Medicine, The University of Sydney; Co-chair, Pain & Supportive Care Pillar, Sydney Vital

10:35 AM: Coffee Break

SESSION 2: Chronic pain and cancer
10:50 AM: Principles of self-management
Prof Michael Nicholas – Director, Pain Education and Pain Management Programs, The University of Sydney

11:20 AM: Peter Mac experience
Dr Tim Hucker – Clinical Lead for Persistent and Interventional Cancer Pain at Peter MacCallum / Director of Victoria Pain Specialists

11:50 AM: Peter Mac experience – Integrating psychological services with cancer pain management
Dr Christina Prickett – Clinical Psychologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

12:20 PM: Pharmacological management of cancer pain
Dr Kat Urban – Palliative Care Staff Specialist, Concord Hospital

12:40 PM: Lunch

SESSION 3: Translational research
1:20 PM: Preclinical: endocannabinoids
Dr Christopher Vaughan – Principal Hospital Scientist, Pain Management & Research Institute

1:40 PM: Clinical chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
Dr Phil Austin – Research Assistant, Greenwich Hospital

2:00 PM: Guidelines: cancer pain education
A/Prof Melanie Lovell – Medical Director, Greenwich Palliative and Supportive Care Services, HammondCare/Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

2:20 PM: Coffee Break

SESSION 4: Cancer pain and palliative care
2:40 PM: Meanings of pain in patients with cancer 
Dr Simon Van Rysewyk – School of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, University of Tasmania

3:00 PM: Cancer pain and addiction
Prof Janet Hardy – Mater Health Services, Mater Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane

3:20 PM: Pain management at end of life
Prof Katherine Clark – Clinical Director of Palliative Care / Cancer and Palliative Care Network NSLHD

3:40 PM – 5:00 PM: Drinks and Networking


Expert panel from NSW, Victoria and Queensland

A/Prof Charles Brooker

A/Prof Charles Brooker – Pain Medicine Specialist, Royal North Shore Hospital

A/Prof Brooker has over 20 years of experience in Interventional Pain Medicine. He is head of the department of Pain Management at Royal North Shore hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney. He is a specialist in the use of spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency procedures in the treatment of a comprehensive range of pain conditions.

 

Dr Richard MaherDr Richard Maher – Interventional Radiologist NSLHD

Dr. Richard Maher’s radiology training was performed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, after completing his medical degree at University of New South Wales and Master of Science degree at Oxford University. He has worked as a Staff Specialist Radiologist at Royal Prince Alfred prior to moving to the Royal North Shore Campus in 2006. Richard’s areas of subspecialty interest include general intervention in addition to thoracic, oncology, haematology and genitourinary imaging.

 

 

Dr Gavin PattulloDr Gavin Pattullo – Director of Acute Pain Service, Royal North Shore Hospital

Dr Gavin Pattullo is an anaesthetist and a pain medicine physician. He is the Director of the Acute Pain Service, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He is also a clinical senior lecturer at The University of Sydney. He has a keen interest in the optimisation of post-operative analgesia, including with interventional techniques and multimodal analgesics.

 

 

Dr Tim HuckerDr Tim Hucker – Clinical Lead for Persistent and Interventional Cancer Pain at Peter MacCallum / Director of Victoria Pain Specialists

Tim Hucker is a pain specialist and anaesthetist at the Peter MacCallum, Director of Victoria Pain Specialists and visiting medical officer at the Epworth groups. He is a lecturer in perioperative medicine at Monash University and journal reviewer for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. Main areas of interest are in prevention of chronic pain and interventional management of pain.

 

 

Prof Paul GlareProf Paul Glare – Chair in Pain Medicine, The University of Sydney; Co-chair, Pain & Supportive Care Pillar, Sydney Vital

Professor Paul Glare is the Chair of Pain Medicine in the Northern Clinical School of the University of Sydney and Director of the University’s Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI). Established in 1990, PMRI is a joint initiative between the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital. It conducts basic and clinical research, operates an education program, and in collaboration with the Pain Management & Research Centre, treats patients with acute pain, cancer pain and chronic non-cancer pain.

 

 

Prof Michael NicholasProf Michael Nicholas – Director, Pain Education and Pain Management Programs, The University of Sydney

Michael Nicholas is a Professor at the Sydney Medical School, Director of the ADAPT program at the Royal North Shore Hospital and also Director of the Graduate Pain Education program at the Pain Management Research Institute.  He also sits on the IASP Council.

 

 

Christina Prickett

Dr Christina Prickett – Clinical Psychologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Christina Prickett is a Clinical Psychologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne. As part of this role, Christina has been involved in a range of clinical projects including overseeing the implementation of a psychological screening program for men being treated for prostate cancer, and integrating psychosocial services for patients with chronic pain within the Acute and Persistent Pain service. Christina also has clinical experience in the areas of adult mental health and chronic disease.

 

 

Dr Christopher VaughanDr Christopher Vaughan – Principal Hospital Scientist, Pain Management & Research Institute

Chris Vaughan is a neuroscientist/neuropharmacologist who examines cellular, synaptic and behavioural mechanisms of novel analgesic drugs. Since leaving the Department of Pharmacology in 2001, Dr Vaughan has set up the Cellular Physiology of Pain group within the Pain Management Research Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital. Since then his work has shifted focus to pain and analgesics – particularly, the mechanisms of neuropathic pain and of novel analgesics, such as endogenous cannabinoids.

 

 

Dr Phil AustinDr Phil Austin – Research Assistant, Greenwich Hospital

Phil is a UK-trained osteopath and researcher who holds a PhD in pain medicine. Phil’s clinical areas of interest include the treatment of computer-related musculoskeletal pain conditions and the effects of work-related stress on the severity and duration of persistent pain.

 

 

 

A/Prof Melanie LovellA/Prof Melanie Lovell – Medical Director, Greenwich Palliative and Supportive Care Services, HammondCare / Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Associate Professor Lovell is a Palliative Medicine physician with HammondCare at Greenwich Hospital and Director of the Palliative Care Service at the Mater in Sydney. In 2010 she was Chair of the Cancer Pain and Palliative Care working group for the National Pain Summit. She is the Clinical Lead for a team to implement evidence-based strategies in cancer pain management. She chairs the Working Party which developed and updates the Australian Cancer Pain Guideline on the Cancer Council Australia wiki platform.

 

 

Dr Simon Van RysewykDr Simon Van Rysewyk – School of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, University of Tasmania

Simon van Rysewyk received his PhD (Philosophy) at the University of Tasmania in 2013. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Taipei Medical University in 2014 and then, from 2015 to 2016, a medical writer in Taiwan and Singapore. Currently a medical writer at Insight in Sydney, Simon is also an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania.​ He is the editor of the Meanings of Pain​ book series (Springer).

 

 

Dr Kat Urban – Palliative Care Staff Specialist, Concord Hospital

 

 

 

 

Prof Janet Hardy

Prof Janet Hardy – Mater Health Services, Mater Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Professor Hardy is the Director of Palliative and Supportive Care across Mater Group. With a background in medical oncology, she has a particular interest in the management of advanced cancer. She pursues research interests such as optimisation of cancer pain management, the use and abuse of steroids in cancer care and the development and testing of new analgesic agents.

 

 

Dr Katherine ClarkProf Katherine Clark – Clinical Director of Palliative Care / Cancer and Palliative Care Network NSLHD

Professor Clark is a palliative care physician who has worked as a clinician, manager, teacher and researcher in palliative care. Katherine’s two main interests in palliative care research include investigating ways to ensure that care of the dying in acute hospitals is based in a quality paradigm and approaches to improving the evidence the evidence from which symptoms are palliated.