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One in five Australians, including adolescents and children, live with chronic pain.

This prevalence rises to one in three of the older (over 65) age group.

- Blyth et al., 2001.







Mr Robert Regan is the Partner in Charge of the Sydney Office of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Member of the Corrs Executive Leadership Team and leader of that firm's Corporate, Banking & Finance, Tax, and Energy & Resources divisions and a Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. The Australian Financial Review lists Robert as one of Australia's 'Best Lawyers' for Infrastructure and Construction.



Co-Opted Directors





Mr Geoffrey Applebee (Treasurer) is a highly experienced Chartered Accountant and adviser to professional services firms and their partners. He is a director of a diverse group of companies in the public and private sectors, and an independent member of a government audit committee.




  Professor Deborah Schofield is Professor and Chair of Health Economics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Murdoch Children's Research Centre and Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Her career has spanned the Australian Government public service, academia and clinical practice and she has a national and international reputation for her work in economic modelling of the health system, health, and its impact on families and the economy.



Clinical Representatives


cousins   Professor Michael Cousins AO, a world-leading pain medicine specialist, Michael is Director of the Pain Management Research institute (University of Sydney/Royal North Shore Hospital). He was Chair of the National Pain Summit (Canberra, 2010) and the International Pain Summit (Montreal, 2010).
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Dr Penny Briscoe
is Head of Pain Management Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is a past Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
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Associate Professor Malcolm Hogg
is Head of Pain Services, Melbourne Health. He is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Pain Society

Community Directors


leanne   Ms Leanne Wells is Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Health Forum and has wide experience as a senior executive in government and NGO health roles, including the CEO of the former Australian Medicare Local Alliance, ACT Medicare Local and Australian General Practice Networks.

Ms Elizabeth Carrigan is the nominee of the Australian Pain Management Association and has a background in education and a strong track record in health advocacy. Elizabeth is an invited member of the International Association for the Study of Pain's International Public Panel for the Special Interest Group-Education.




Executive Team




Lesley Brydon - Chief Executive Officer

Lesley is a pharmacist with extensive experience in corporate communications. She was appointed Chief Executive of Painaustralia in 2011, following her role as Executive Director of the National Pain Summit and National Pain Strategy. These projects arose from her work as a consultant to the Pain Management Research Institute, working closely with Director Professor Michael Cousins and the PMRI Board. For ten years prior to this Lesley was Executive Director, Advertising Federation of Australia responsible for policy and advocacy on issues affecting the advertising industry.



Karina Knight

Karina has worked alongside Lesley since the formation of Painaustralia and continues to work on the development and growth of the business.





Linda Baraciolli - Writer - eNews and Patient Stories

Linda is a corporate writer published in non-fiction with a university education in science. She has experience in the not-for-profit industry as well as government. Linda joined the Painaustralia team in 2011 on a part-time basis and works on communications materials and fundraising activities.

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