It’s nearly time for APS NZPS 2018 !

Australian and New Zealand Pain Society 2018Do you like pain research? Do you want to know more about new advances in pain science? Of course you do! You are reading this blog after all!! We wanted to give you a head’s up on a great upcoming pain science meeting – the 2018 Australian Pain Society 38th and New Zealand Pain Society Conjoint Annual Scientific Meeting (APS NZPS 2018). This meeting will be held from 8 – 11 April 2018 at the newly built International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. It is worth pointing out that this conference is Australia and New Zealand’s only multidisciplinary conference offering insights into the complex nature of pain management from a variety of medical, nursing and allied health perspectives.

In 2018, the conference invites you to Collaborate. Educate. Disseminate.

Collaborate with the many professions that are involved with pain and pain management; educate alongside clinicians and researchers across many different aspects of pain management; and leave the conference enabled to make a difference in your sphere of work.

APS NZPS keynote speakers

The Scientific Program Committee has an exciting program in store for 2018. The extensive program boasts 9 pre-conference workshops, 4 international keynote speakers, 7 national speakers, 21 topical sessions and 7 social functions. APS NZPS 2018 welcomes four remarkable International Keynote Speakers: Professor Liesbet Goubert from Ghent University, Belgium; Professor Frank Huygen from Erasmus Medical Centre, The Netherlands; Professor Stephen McMahon from King’s College London, UK; and Dr Tonya Palermo from the University of Washington, USA. All are highly engaging presenters, and true experts in their fields.

Plenary lectures will also be given by outstanding speakers from across Australia and New Zealand, covering topics such as neuromodulation, rehabilitation and psychological approaches to pain management, placebo, pain across the ages, indigenous pain management and much more.

There are also numerous opportunities and events planned to allow you to approach that researcher or clinician that you really wanted to speak to! You can network and collaborate with fellow colleagues and new acquaintances at the many social functions held throughout the conference. The conference kicks off with the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, with drinks and canapes at the Conference Centre, followed by the Basic Pain Research and Pain in Childhood SIG Dinners at the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour. On Monday evening enjoy a complimentary beverage in the Garden Bar at the Shelbourne Hotel and for Trainees, also attend a new session aimed at giving practical tips for building your career in pain research. And of course, don’t forget the Conference Gala Dinner! The Gala Dinner is the social highlight of the conference so bring your dancing shoes for Thursday evening at Darling Island, Doltone House!

Pain Revolution 2018

Last, but not least, on Wednesday 11 April 2018, the Pain Revolution Ride will depart from APS NZPS 2018 for the 8-day journey across New South Wales. The Australian Pain Society is supporting the mission of Professor Lorimer Moseley and his pedal-powered team of clinicians and researchers riding into rural NSW. They’ll be cycling from Sydney to Albury-Wodonga, stopping at Wollongong, Nowra, Canberra, and Cooma along the way. They’re taking with them a powerful evidence-based curriculum for community-based pain education, which they’ll use to establish and grow the Local Pain Educator network. In addition to the challenge of riding, they’ll be running evening seminars for the public and for health professionals, and they’ll be accompanied by the Brain Bus, a pain science lab on wheels, where the community can interact with the science that tells us how recovery from persisting pain is possible. We’re proud to support this initiative that empowers rural communities to work together on this massive health problem, and gets the science out of the lab, and into people’s lives where it can make a positive difference.

Sydney is a truly international city, one of the top ten most liveable cities in the world (2016). Come and find out why! Arguably the world’s most famous harbour city, with top rate theatre, sports, artistic pursuits, beaches, dining and even a most surprising array of bushwalks close to the city. The conference venue is the newly completed International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, tremendously located to enjoy all those offerings.  Come for the conference, and stay for longer to enjoy all Sydney has to offer.

Find out further conference details on the official conference website here.

Register for the APS NZPS 2018 here!

Discounts apply if you register before 23 February 2018 and if you become an APS or NZPS member you can secure further discounts on your conference registration fees.