We are grateful for the support of our Painaustralia Patron and Pain Champions, who endorse the work of Painaustralia and actively help to promote it.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d), Painaustralia Patron
Sir Angus was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.
Sir Angus retired from the military as Chief of the Australian Defence Force in July 2011 after serving for 41 years.
In April 2017 Sir Angus was appointed Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast. In addition he Chairs several boards and serves as a board member for numerous companies. He is the Ambassador/Patron for a number of charitable organisations
Hayley Leake is a physiotherapist and pain researcher. After working clinically for six years, she embarked on a PhD at the University of South Australia with Professor Lorimer Moseley’s research group. Her research aims to optimise pain education for adolescents and adults living with chronic pain.
In 2021 Hayley competed in Australian Survivor: Brain vs Brawn. She outlasted 23 castaways, over 48 days in the Australian Outback to take home the title of Sole Survivor.
Hayley has penned a blog for Painaustralia describing how she drew upon her ‘experience working as a physiotherapist with people living with chronic pain, noting the resilience I observed when someone with pain learns to adapt, to make sense of pain, to try and test solutions, and to hold onto hope’.
Hayley’s goal as our newest Pain champion is ‘to help address issues of discrimination, misunderstanding and stigmatisation in the community and to reduce the sometimes-severe impact on those living with pain, their families and carers.’
Her first non-fiction book, the critically acclaimed The Fictional Woman became a number one national non-fiction bestseller in 2014, and her iconic cover design, featuring her face labeled with ‘fictions’ or stereotypes about women won Best Non-Fiction Book Design in 2015...READ MORE
Veteran and Invictus Games competitor, Peter Rudland - Pain Champion
We are honoured to introduce our newest Pain Champion, veteran and Invictus Games competitor, Peter Rudland. Peter lives with chronic pain after surviving a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that caused severe injury and broke most of the major bones in his body. Today he is helping to raise awareness of chronic pain and the challenges that come with it.
ABC Medical Reporter Sophie Scott, Pain Champion
Why I want more health experts to focus on people living with pain.
It started pretty simply really. Just a twinge in my right wrist when I was doing pilates. What it turned into was a medical merry go round of scans, interventions, treatments and eventually chronic pain in my right wrist and arm. My genetic gift of being hypermobile and years of typing/texting/writing created a perfect storm. I visited GPs, physios, rehab physicians and then a pain clinic, where I learned that taking pain killing medication wasn’t really helping. What did help me was doing a free online pain management course at Macquarie University, strength training, pacing and for flare ups using a biofeedback device. What I learned is that living with pain is nothing to be ashamed of, that managing pain goes hand in hand with managing your mental health. So be kind to yourself and seek support. Get in touch and let me know your experiences at www.sophiescott.com.au
Liesl Tesch AM MP, Pain Champion
Liesl Tesch AM MP is a seven-time paralympian and the first NSW MP to use a wheelchair Liesl has achieved enormous success in her personal and public life, despite living with a spinal cord injury and chronic neuropathic pain.