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Pain@Otago Research Theme Meeting

Pain relief through research informed practice

Pain@Otago Research Theme meeting - 25 November 2016

Time: 11am - 5pm
Venue: Room 102, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin

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Draft Programme

11:00   Mihi
11:10   Opening remarks and Welcome: Professor Edward (Ted) Shipton, Director, Pain@Otago Research Theme

11:20   Pain Management in New Zealand – Role of the New Zealand Pain Society: John Alchin, President-Elect of the New Zealand Pain Society.

1135    Research Sub theme-1: Understanding mechanisms of pain
            Dr Rajesh Katare (sub-theme leader), and members 

Introduction of sub-theme and its members Rajesh Katare (Physiology)
Poor tactile acuity: a clinical marker of dysfunctional lateral neural inhibition in chronic pain Ramakrishnan Mani (Physiotherapy)
The chemistry of pain - how uric acid or tryptophan metabolites may contribute to the development of pain Andrew Bahn (Physiology)

12:20-12:45 Lunch

12:45  Pain Management in New Zealand – Role of the Faculty of Pain Medicine: Ms Jo Young, Administrator of the New Zealand National Committee of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

13:00  Research Sub theme-2: Predictors of chronicity
           Professor Ted Shipton (sub-theme leader) and members 

Preadmission Demographics and Psychological Risk factors of patients referred to a tertiary pain management centre – Dr Jessica Mills, Clinical Psychologist, Pain Management Centre, CDHB, Christchurch
Physiotherapy research about Complex Regional syndrome on the South Island of New Zealand– Ms Tracey Pons, Specialist Pain Physiotherapist, Christchurch
From Acute to Chronic Masticatory Muscle Pain - Prof Mauro Farella, School of Dentistry, University of Otago

13:45 Research Sub theme-3: Management of pain
          Professor Dirk de-Ridder (sub-theme leader) and members

Opening remarks: Dr Nicola Swain Subtheme objectives and outcomes

Psychological pain treatments - Dr Nicola Swain
The Brain and Joint Pain Study- preliminary findings  - Dr Ram Mani
STarTBack Screening Tool - Prof David Baxter
Management of Osteoarthritis - Dr Cathy Chapple

1430-1445 Afternoon Tea

14:45 Research Sub theme-4: Pain education and curriculum
          Dr Ram Mani (sub-theme leader), and members

Physiotherapy pain education/curriculum outcomes research - Dr Ram Mani
Translating research into practice through online communities of practice - Dr Bronwyn Thompson
Empowering GPs to explain pain to their patients - Dr Ben Darlow
Pain education for Arthritis - Dr Nicola Swain
Health psychology and pain - Dr Gareth Treharne
Pain Education for Rotator cuff syndrome: exploring patients’ responses - Dr Gisela Sole

15:35 Pain Management in New Zealand – Role of ACC: Dr Kristin Good, Senior Medical Advisor, Clinical Services Directorate, ACC

15:50 Closing remarks- Dr Ram Mani, Deputy Director- Pain@Otago Research Theme.

Networking Drinks and Nibbles