2023 Australian Pain Society 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting
On behalf of the Australian Pain Society, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us in Canberra, Australia’s Capital, for the 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting from 02 – 05 April 2023.
Canberra is said to be derived from the local Ngunnawal word Kambera- translating to meeting place and we are excited to offer you this invitation to meet, to participate in our stimulating scientific program, to renew old acquaintances and make new ones, take up the many opportunities our city has to offer with the aim of emerging energised, refreshed and with invigorating new insights into the management of pain.
The Scientific Program Committee is thrilled with the two fabulous and engaging international speakers:
- Dr Theodore (Ted) Price, who holds numerous positions including the Ashbel Smith professor in the Department of Neuroscience at University of Texas (UT). He is widely published, won numerous prestigious awards and cofounded many companies. His lab is interested in molecular mechanisms driving the transition to chronic pain with a focus on drug development for chronic pain
- Dr Melanie Noel, PhD, Psych, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary among her many positions and directs the PEAK (Pain Education, Advocacy, Knowledge Lab) within the Vi Riddell Pain and Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta children’s Hospital Canada. She has won numerous prestigious awards and published widely with both passion and excellence in exploring children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues with paediatric chronic pain.
They will be joined by an exciting range of national speakers illustrating where Australia is at the forefront of pain management and pain research, with a diverse range of presentations and workshops exploring some of the most complex, challenging, provoking and dynamic areas of pain management in an exciting program.
The strength of the ASM is reflected by our diverse membership. This includes a strong core of researchers in both basic sciences and clinical medicine with wide ranging interests and clinicians in all disciplines managing pain creating exceptional opportunities for networking. This offers a great opportunity to catch up on contemporary practice in one’s own field, attend leading workshops in others and to look via the researchers at what future directions our field could take.
Canberra is host to a range of Australia’s national attractions and galleries. APS 2023 runs right into the Easter Weekend so why not join us for the conference and stay on in the nation’s capital to enjoy: the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Questacon, Parliament House, the National Mint, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and one of my favourites for a coffee: the National Arboretum.
Canberra is called the bush capital and is surrounded by readily accessible trails for walking, cycling and mountain biking for those wanting to get outdoors. Come and see why lonely planet ranked Canberra the world’s third best city to visit, the year before COVID came- the highest ever ranking for an Australian city.
Please join us for an inspiring program, visit the national galleries, meet new friends, find old ones, indulge in our great restaurants and soak up all the capital has to offer.
Dr Andrew Watson
APS 2023 Local Conference Convener and ACT APS Director