On 21/11/16 I was invited onto radio (SEN 1116 in Melbourne) for the first time (I have since returned several more times) to discuss my pain science based perspective in a lighter manner.

An edited version of this can be heard here ---> 


I have also been giving a presentation quite often which has gone through several incarnations and will likely go through many more! The first time it was presented was at the College of Sports Physicians National Conference at Coffs Harbour on 16 February 2015 and it was titled:

"Pain, paradigms and the problem with placebo"

It is more recently titled:

"Would you like pain with that?"

And since my first academic publication on the topic there is a modified presentation called:

"Helpful and unhelpful models of care in musculoskeletal pain management"

I have been pleased with how well these talks have been received and the message seems to resonate widely. Most recognise, whether we like it or not, that the injury management model of care that focusses on structural changes in an unbalanced way has a significant and unhelpful role to play in persistent pain. This talk describes how that may be happening unintentionally and what can be done about it.

If anyone is interested in attending a scheduled presentation or organising for me to come to you to present on this or a related topic, please contact me.

I plan to video a version of the talk soon and post it on this site so stay tuned.

Here is my original abstract for the talk and also  some original sample slides in the meantime so that you can get the gist:

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Other presentations include:


Annual national conference of Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians 

Date: Saturday 10 February 2018

Abstract and pdf of presentation:

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Navigating the diagnosis and treatment options for patients with rheumatic disease.

- MJA Rheumatology CPD.

- Co- presented with Associate Professor Andrew Briggs (Physiotherapy) on "Osteoarthritis/Low Back Pain:  –  management approaches, how to keep your patient active, when to image & when to refer.

Date: Saturday 12 December 2015

Pain Literacy Workshops for the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Dates: Friday 18 December 2015 & Tuesday 8th March 2016

Venues: Empathy Pilates 741-743 High Street Armadale VIC


Surry Hills Pilates Studio, Studio 2, Level 1, 35 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills NSW

These were workshops of 3 sections:

  1. Pain neuroscience, paradigms and mind/body influences presentation

  2. Case presentations and discussion

  3. 'What can we do about it?' - brainstorming workshop.

Link: https://www.australianpilates.asn.au/education

"Would you like pain with that?" .

Date: 23 - 25 September 2016

Australian Pilates Method Association National Conference 2016

Theme of conference: "Return to Life"

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre,  1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC 3006 



- MARRIOTT HOTEL GOLD COAST 7 - 14 February 2017

Theme of conference: "Keeping You Active"

Date of presentation: Sunday 12th February 2017

‘Would you like pain with that? - Helpful and unhelpful models of care in musculoskeletal pain management’

ARPA - Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association

First presentation (1.5 hours) in Melbourne - Monday February 06, 2017 at 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Second presentation (2 hour breakfast workshop) in Sydney - 23 March 2017, Quay West Suites Sydney.

‘Would you like pain with that? - Helpful and unhelpful models of care in musculoskeletal pain management’

Royal North Shore Hospital Rheumatology Department

- 1 hour presentation, 23rd March 2017

‘Would you like pain with that? - Helpful and unhelpful models of care in musculoskeletal pain management’

ARPA - Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association

Webinar - April 20 2017.

‘Would you like pain with that?'

Epworth Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Department

- 1 hour breakfast presentation, 30th August 2017

‘Would you like pain with that?'

- Craig Harper's Weekend Transformation Program by the YOU project.

- 1.5 hour presentation to the general public (approximately 150 people ), Saturday 09/09/17 at Camp Manyung, Mount Eliza.

New approaches to Pain - from prevention to rehab to management of the opiate dependent pain patient.
Speakers: Dr Kal Fried, Dr Nathan Johns and Dr Clayton Thomas

Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) Victorian/Tasmanian branch CPD dinner meeting 27/10/17


Upcoming presentations:

A Personal Pain Revolution Workshop

Monday 10 September 2018, 10am to 1pm
Griffith Neighbourhood Centre (next to Griffith shops)

Organised by PAIN SUPPORT ACT:

BOOKINGS at eventbrite.com.au (search for Pain–Workshop, Canberra)
Or phone 6290 1984
Info via - www.painsupportact.org.au/event/your-own-pain-revolution-workshop/

"This workshop explores pain science in an easy to
understand way. The group will work together to
integrate the knowledge and to gain a greater
understanding of one’s pain. You will learn
the steps to an active recovery."

The Pain Revolution - what? why? how?

Thu. 26 April 2018

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1, 59 Capella Crescent, Moorabbin, VIC 3189

More info and gain entry via Eventbrite - click here