Issue 3: Be Empowered Beyond Pain

WA Community Event

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Kevin Wernli - Guest AuthorPublished on 08 November 2021

In late August I had the privilege to present to a community of people interested in understanding more about pain in Busselton, a rural city in Australia’s beautiful South West. This event rounded off a ‘Giving Back’ tour that saw me present in Kununurra and Broome (via zoom after an accidental flooded car – a story for another day). In Busselton I was joined by a local GP, a psychologist and a physiotherapist for a panel discussion following the presentation. The audience consisted of people with a lived experience of pain and a variety of local health professionals passionate about contemporary pain care.


Nestled in a cosy setting with great local food and wine, we discussed the 10 scientific facts about back pain based on a paper we published in the prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine ( Snippets from the ‘Empowered Beyond Pain’ podcast that I produce and co-host with Professor Peter O’Sullivan and Dr JP Caneiro provided great discussion points. We have a real emphasis on having patient stories and voices on the podcast, as well as world-renowned researchers, so it was heartening to hear that the audience connected well with these stories. The audiences also saw a 35% improvement in low back pain understanding based on a pre-post Back Pain Attitudes Questionnaire – how fantastic! A special thanks to Abbie Norrish and Mieke Boerema for organising!

For more resources and information, visit or find the Empowered Beyond Pain podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!

Kevin Wernli Physiotherapist, PHD Candidate

Kevin is a physiotherapist and pain researcher. He recently submitted his PhD researching low back pain, movement, and posture. He is passionate about equitable access to evidence-informed care for all with musculoskeletal pain, and aims to translate research findings into the real-world through his podcast, infographics, and videos. You can reach him @KWernliPhysio on social media.

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Kevin WernliNovember 08 2021

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