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Collectives Project

Local Pain Collectives (LPCs) are community-based interdisciplinary networks of rural and regional health professionals who meet regularly to build their skills in contemporary pain education and care.

Some of the Pain Revolution LPEs have gone on to facilitate collective meetings, to foster peer learning exchange and facilitated behaviour change. The collectives encourage interdisciplinary, cross sectorial clinician collaboration to improve access to quality pain care and consistent messaging in local communities and utilising the collective wisdom of highly skilled pain clinicians and educators to improve care and cohesion across the community. Each month the group will review new information and discuss the clinical implications of this information. This includes pain education target concepts, latest research papers and case studies.

LPC facilitators are supported by an interdisciplinary reference group and come together as a national community of practice.

Why LPCs?

Research clearly shows that a barrier to improving pain care is the lack of a cohesive community of practice. Those health professionals who lead the drive to improve care often feel isolated and are sometimes bullied by others less willing to pursue best practice. LPCs provide a network of support and a mechanism by which health professionals can stay engaged, motivated, resourced and inspired.

Collectives are currently being run in:

New South Wales

  • Wollongong
  • Nowra
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Albury-Wodonga

Western Australia

  • Margaret River

If you are interested in connecting with an established Local Pain Collective, please email

Program Coordinator Abbie Norrish,

Funded by:

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Abbie Norrish

Collective Project Coordinator

Abbie is a physiotherapist who joined Pain Revolution in 2018 as the first Local Pain Educator from WA. Abbie has a passion for bringing together like-minded health professionals in rural communities to drive the conversation around best practice pain care.

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Kal Fried

Reference Group - Collectives project

Kal is a Sports & Exercise Physician with an ardent interest in pain biology and models of care used in pain management. He has enjoyed various ‘Pain Revolutionary’ roles since its first year including LPE mentorship and this current role.

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Dianne Wilson

Reference group - Collectives project

Dianne is a physiotherapist, having worked in private practice as well as lecturing at the University of South Australia. She completed a PhD earlier this year and is driven to take the science to the clinic and the community.

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Heather Bonnefond

Reference group - Collectives project

Heather is a pain coach with a lived experience of chronic pain. Her heart is to work with others in their healing journey by assisting them in making neuroplastic changes by understanding the mind body connection to pain.

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John Baranoff

Reference group - Collectives project

Dr John Baranoff is a psychologist who works at the intersection of performance psychology, the psychology of sport injury rehabilitation and pain psychology.

Current opportunities

Join a Local Pain Collective near you

Are you interested in coming together with other clinicians in your area to learn about persistent pain? Your Local Pain Collectives is an interdisciplinary group who meet regularly to build skills in applying the latest in pain science to the clinic. Current meetings are a combination of online and in person. New South Wales Local Pain Collectives are currently meeting in the Illarrawa, Murrumbidgee and Murray region. Western Australian Local Pain Collectives are currently meeting in Margaret River and surrounds.

Register here

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