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NZ Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Christchurch, 7-10 March 2019

Mar. 7 — 10, 2019

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New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting
7 - 10 March 2019
Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand 

 Keynote Speaker: Professor Jane C. Ballantyne

Pain presents as a common issue across all health settings and disciplines, and leads to significant patient disability and distress. This makes the opportunity to gather and discuss how we understand and treat pain so important. On the eve of a new decade, both those who experience pain and those who treat it are confronted with an ever growing body of information about how best to approach pain management. 

We hope this conference will be an opportunity for us to share our knowledge that has shaped pain management in 2019 and beyond. 

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Jane C. Ballantyne M.D., F.R.C.A.
Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Dr Ballantyne received her medical degree from the University of London UK. She trained in Anaesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford UK, before moving to Boston US in 1990. She became Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1999. She moved to the University of Washington in 2011 as UW Medicine Professor of Education and Research. She has editorial roles in several leading journals and textbooks and is a widely published author. She was an early advocate for restraint in opioid prescribing for chronic pain, and has continued to focus her research, clinical practice and advocacy on rationalizing the role of opioids, and encouraging the development of alternatives when treating chronic pain. 

Professor Keith J. Petrie
Professor of Health Psychology, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland.

Keith Petrie is Professor of Health Psychology at Auckland University Medical School in New Zealand. His research group does work on patients’ perceptions of illness, treatment adherence, as well as the placebo and nocebo response.  Keith Petrie and his colleague John Weinman developed the Illness Perception Questionnaire, which is widely used internationally. He also developed the concept of modern health worries to explain public concerns about modern technology affecting health. His recent work on adherence has been involved in developing active visual images of illness and treatment as ways of improving treatment adherence.   Professor Petrie’s research in the placebo and nocebo area has recently focused on improving patient expectations about treatment and reducing the nocebo response.  Professor Petrie has been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships for his research, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Harvard University, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Applied Psychology, the Gluckman Medal and a Distinguished International Scholar Award from the American Psychological Association. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and the Academy of Behavioural Medicine Research. In 2015 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society and was the recipient of the Durie Medal, which is awarded to New Zealand’s pre-eminent social scientist.

We would like to warmly invite you to attend the 2019 meeting. Online registration will be open in September, in the meantime keep an eye on the conference website for speaker and programme updates. 

to see Professor Fiona Blyth at NZPS 2019!

Professor Fiona Blyth
Public Health and Pain Medicine, Head Concord Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health University of Sydney, Concord, NSW 2139, Australia

Fiona is Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney. She is a public health physician and pain epidemiologist. She is currently Head of the Concord Hospital Clinical School, within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She has been involved in studies of chronic pain epidemiology for over fifteen years, including large prospective cohort studies, RCTs, pharmacoepidemiological studies, and health services research using linked routinely collected datasets and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. She is internationally recognised for her work conceptualising pain as a public health problem. 

Fiona was on the expert reference group for low back pain for the 2010 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Project. She has close collaborative links with local and international groups researching healthy ageing, arthritis/musculoskeletal conditions, and comorbidity/multimorbidity. In January 2018 Prof Blyth was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to medical research and education in the field of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform”.


Call for Abstracts Opens: Monday 2 July 2018
Registration Opens: Monday 3 September 2018
Call for Abstracts Closes: Monday 21 January 2019
Close of Early Registration: Monday 28 January 2019
NZPS Conference ​7-10 March 2019