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Pain at Otago Steering Group


Director, Pain at Otago

Professor Ted Shipton is a leading researcher and clinician in Pain Medicine.

Professor Shipton holds the Chair of Anaesthesia and he is the Clinical Director of the Pain Management Centre of the Canterbury District Health Board. This is a busy interdisciplinary service that has on average over 4000 patient contacts a year.

He sits on the Board of the Australian and New Zealand Faculty of Pain Medicine of ANZCA, and is the Chair of their Education and Training Committee. Ted is also the Dean of the Australian and New Zealand Faculty of Pain Medicine of ANZCA.

Deputy Director, Pain at Otago

Current pain research focusses on these key areas:

1. Pain mechanisms
Investigating clinical pain mechanisms (central sensitisation, neuroplasticity, and psychosocial factors) for developing targeted management of musculoskeletal pain. Other research includes investigating the measurement properties of pain assessment tools / questionnaires to develop a clinical battery for assessment of pain-related central sensitisation.

2. Pain education and curriculum
Knowledge translation of pain mechanisms research into clinical practice and capacity building of health care professionals on pain mechanisms based assessment and management.

Steering group members