About painHEALTH

Learn about painHEALTH, how it came to be and our wide range of support


Project background

painHEALTH has been developed through the Department of Health, Western Australia, in collaboration with Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and the Musculoskeletal Health Network.

The aim of the website is to help health consumers with musculoskeletal pain access reliable and usable evidence-informed information and skills to assist in the co-management of their musculoskeletal pain.

Project Core Values

Mission and Vision


To help Western Australian health consumers access reliable, practical and usable evidence-informed information and skills to assist in the co-management of their musculoskeletal pain. We acknowledge that access to pain management Is a fundamental human right and support the Declaration of Montreal (2010).


To promote timely access to reliable and practical pain management resources for all Western Australian health consumers.

How painHEALTH came to be

Funding, partners and support


This website was funded by a grant provided by The Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health WA. The in-kind support of the Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Pain Medicine Unit, Curtin University and the University of WA are also acknowledged.

Partners and support

Partners for this project are the Department of Health, Government of Western Australia; Curtin University; University of Western Australia; Fremantle Hospital and Health Service. The website is supported by the Australian Pain Society and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Supportive information

Policies and health information


This website initiative aligns with several Models of Care developed by the Musculoskeletal Health Network as well as other strategic frameworks for musculoskeletal health, the National Pain Strategy. The project also aligns with recommendations from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), including the Declaration of Montreal.

Health information

The information on this website does not replace medical advice or advice from your health care professional. If in doubt, check with your health professional. Where possible, the information provided on this website is based on the current best practice evidence including clinical guidelines and systematic reviews, meta-analyses and Cochrane consumer summaries. Recommendations may change as new research becomes available.


Partners and Affiliates



Content contributors

Pain module contributors

painHEALTH - Helen Slater

Helen Slater PhD, FACP, MAppSc(Phty), BAppSc(Phty)

Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, Perth Australia.

Dr Stephanie Davies


Pain Medicine Specialist, Painless Clinic previously WA Specialist Pain Services, Perth,Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin UniversityAustralia.

Carl Graham

Carl Ghaham, BSc(Hons), MAPs

Clinical Psychologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine

Rob Schutze

Rob Schütze BA, BJourn, BSc(Psych)Hons, MPsych(Clinical)

Clinical Psychologist, Wisdom Health
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Psychology & Speech Pathology, Curtin University

painHEALTH - Andrew Briggs

Andrew Briggs, BSc(Phty)Hons, PhD, FACP

Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, Perth Australia; Senior Research Advisor, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria.

Sonia Ranelli

Sonia Ranelli PhD, MSc, BSc (Physiotherapy)

Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, Perth Australia.

painHEALTH - Eric Vesser


Professor and Churack Chair of Chronic Pain Education and Research, Notre Dame University, Fremantle, Perth, Australia

painHEALTH - Tracy Antill

Tracy Antill, B.App.Sc (Occupational Therapy)

Fiona Stanley Hospital, Pain Medicine Unit

painHEALTH - Peter O'Sullivan

Peter O’Sullivan, DipPhysio(Otago), PGradDipMTh, PhD(Curtin), FACP

Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science; Clinical Director, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, bodylogic.physio

painHEALTH - Tim MItchell

Tim Mitchell, PhD, FACP

Director, Pain Options
Senior Lecturer, Curtin University, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science

painHEALTH - Rana Hinman

Rana Hinman, BPhysio(Hons), PhD

Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, The University of Melbourne.

painHEALTH - Chan

Madelynn Chan, MBBS (Western Australia), MD, FAMS, FRACP

Rheumatologist, Assistant Professor at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nangyang Technological University, Singapore.

painHEALTH - Errol Lim

Errol Lim, BAppSc(Physio), GAICD

Physiotherapist & Director BJC Health.

painHEALTH - Irwin Lim

Irwin Lim, MBBS (Hons), FRACP

Consultant Rheumatologist and & BJC Health Director.

painHEALTH - Michelle Sterling

Michele Sterling, PhD, MPhty, BPhty, Grad Dip Manip Physio, FACP

Professor and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries, Associate Director of the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD). Professor in the Centre of Musculoskeletal Research and the School of Allied Health Griffith University and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.

painHEALTH - Neil O

Neil O'Connell PhD, MSc

Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Health and Life Sciences, Health Economics Research Group, Institute of Environment Health and Societies, Brunel University London, UK.

painHEALTH - Pavla Walsh

Pavla Walsh, MBBS (UWA), FRACP (Rheumatology), FFPMANZCA, GCPRheum (UWA)

Paediatric Rheumatologist and Pain Medicine Specialist, Princess Margaret Hospital.

Jean Byrne, B.A.Hons, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Childbirth Education, PhD.

Senior Yoga Teacher, The Yoga Space
Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Curtin University

painHEALTH - NIck


Nick was trained at Guys Hospital, London, and completed his GP training in the UK before emigrating to Australia. He has been practising as a general practitioner for 20 years and brings a generalist approach to the management of pain.