• Local Pain Educator Mentors

    Tim Cocks


    Tim graduated from the University of South in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). He commenced work in private practice immediately after graduating and spent the next 8 years “really learning about life and people” in the outer, industrial suburbs of Adelaide. Tim has gained further experience as a clinician working in a variety of settings and roles including private practice, rehabilitation and return to work, and as an advisor to insurers and health organisations. He has developed an award winning pain education program and is regularly sought after to provide educational sessions to medical and allied health practitioners for organisations seeking to update the way they approach pain. He is an integral part of the production of NOI’s resources and is the chief contributor to noijam.com. An educator with a warm, philosophical style, Tim is the Lead Instructor for the NOI Australasian faculty.

    Matt Forster


    Matt completed his physiotherapy degree in 1996 at the University of Queensland and worked in both private and public settings following graduation. His interest in persistent pain was sparked by an Explain Pain course on the Tweed coast in the early 2000’s, and Matt embarked on a Masters of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at the University of Sydney, which he completed in 2007. During this time, Matt worked with neuro and orthopaedic surgeons providing post-operative rehabilitation in a private hospital in Brisbane. Matt went on to join a Musculoskeletal and Occupational Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Clinic in Brisbane where he developed an outpatient multi-disciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program. Matt continues to be involved in teaching a number of subjects in the Pain Masters degree at the University of Sydney , and is also involved in teaching at the Physiotherapy Department at Griffith University Gold Coast. Matt’s aim is to provide high-quality education and rehabilitation for people with persistent pain conditions. He strives to improve his patient’s ability to understand the causes of their persistent pain and to empower people to be able to improve their own management of their condition.

    Kal Fried

    Program Development and Mentor

    Dr Kal Fried qualified as a sports and exercise medicine physician in 1995. He has had several elite sporting medical appointments including 17 years with 3 AFL teams as well as managing injuries and pain conditions in the general public. Kal has been a medical advisor for Worksafe and TAC for over 15 years and performed over 3000 detailed case reviews in this role. This position included involvement in several projects including examining high risk pharmacy and spinal surgery pathways in persistent pain conditions. A recurrent theme in Kal’s career was the powerful influence of the context and expectations in outcomes seemingly independent of damage severity. As a result Kal developed an interest in pain neurobiology and his self-education has included a NOI Explain Pain 3 day seminar in 2014.Kal now presents regularly on the topic. He has authored the website www.painliteracy.com.au which includes a number of blogs on the topic from an everyday, coalface perspective. An academic component has commenced with a large co-authored paper in 2016* and two others are in the pipeline. Kal cycled from Melbourne to Adelaide in the first Pain Revolution ride in 2017 and presented to the public as part of this event. Kal is keen to translate the best science and best evidence-based guidelines into something that is user-friendly for much needed meaningful change.

    Emma Karran


    Emma has had extensive experience as a clinical Physiotherapist and a Clinical Educator, and has held a particular interest in pain science and the biopsychosocial management of LBP throughout. She has worked in varied private practice, hospital and university settings, obtained a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, and has just submitted her PhD thesis titled: ‘Can we do better? Optimising the clinical management of low back pain’. Her principal supervisor was the man himself (Lorimer) – who also managed to convince her that cycling from Melbourne to Adelaide as part of the 2017 Pain Revolution was a good idea! He was absolutely right of course: it was an unforgettable experience and Emma is excited to be continuing her involvement in the Revolution.

    Steve Kamper

    Program Evaluation

    When he was working clinically, Steve spent more time thinking about treating patients than actually treating them, so now just does the research while other people do the treating part. He is designing the evaluation of the Pain Revolution to make sure we know if we are making a difference, and how we can do a better job.

    Daniel Harvie


    Dr Daniel Harvie is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, based at Griffith University where he is investigating brain-based mechanisms and treatments relating to chronic pain. He has a PhD from the ‘Body in Mind’ research group at the University of South Australia and a clinical background including a Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. Daniel has been a teacher of Pain Sciences in various physiotherapy programs.

    Dr Meredith Craigie


    Meredith is a specialist pain medicine physician working in the CALHN Pain Management Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She is the Dean-elect of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Flinders University. Meredith did postgraduate training in anaesthesia and intensive care in Adelaide, sub-specialising in paediatric anaesthesia in the United Kingdom. Meredith’s interest in pain medicine developed from looking after children with challenging pain problems when she was a paediatric anaesthetist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. She completed a Masters of Pain Medicine from Sydney University after a move to Flinders Medical Centre in 2004, ultimately taking up her current position in 2011.
    Meredith also has a strong interest in medical education. She has fulfilled numerous teaching roles as a clinician and for the Faculty of Pain Medicine and ANZCA. She led the FPM curriculum redesign project which resulted in the 2015 Curriculum and training program for specialist pain medicine physicians. She remains passionate about pain in childhood, the transition from acute to chronic pain and persistent pelvic pain. She is the FPM representative on the Pain in Childhood special interest group of the Australian Pain Society. She was a foundation board member of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia and Flinders Overseas Health Group executive committee teaching neonatal resuscitation in West Timor and Flores, Indonesia.

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