Pain Management Team
The Greenwich Hospital Pain Clinic is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals including medical specialists, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, nursing and administrative staff and researchers.
These staff include:
Prof Philip Siddall, Director, Specialist in Pain Medicine
Prof Siddall is a specialist pain medicine physician, and Director of the Pain Clinic and Professor in Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney. He has been working in the field of pain medicine for over 25 years and previously worked at the Pain Management Centres at Royal North Shore and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals. He is recognised internationally for his work in the field of pain management with many publications in scientific and medical journals, regular invitations to speak at national and international meetings and for six years was the Australasian representative on the international council of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
As well as his clinical work, he is an active researcher and teacher at the University of Sydney. Further information regarding his background, research interests and publications can be found through his profile page [PS1] at the University of Sydney.
Dr Amanda Johns, Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Medicine
Dr Johns is a consultant physician in both Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Medicine. She completed her medical degree at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2003. Amanda completed her rehabilitation medicine training in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales and was highly successful in her fellowship clinical examination, receiving the Basmajian Prize as top candidate in 2009. After qualifying as a Rehabilitation Specialist, she completed a second fellowship in Pain Medicine at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Amanda is interested in the individual’s experience of chronic pain and how that experience impacts on function and social roles. With a rehabilitation training background, she works closely with the allied health team to find practical solutions and explore individual goals. Amanda is happy to provide advice about opioids and other analgesic management options. She works closely alongside GP’s and specialists to provide care for people with acute, chronic and cancer pain issues.
Dr Raj Vinod Anand, Specialist in Rheumatology and Pain Medicine
Dr Anand is a consultant physician in both Rheumatology and Pain Medicine. Following his undergraduate medical training in India, he moved to New Zealand and completed a dual Fellowship in general medicine and rheumatology under the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He then moved to Australia to pursue further training and obtained another Fellowship in Pain Medicine. He has a very strong clinical and research interest in pain in the elderly (particularly those with dementia) and holds a position within the Dementia Centre at HammondCare providing support through their national dementia advisory service. He is happy to offer telemedicine consults to patients including those living in aged care facilities.
In addition, Dr Anand has interests in chronic widespread pain (fibromyalgia), musculoskeletal pain and mindfulness based lifestyle interventions. He is an enthusiastic physician, who strongly believes that understanding the person is a vital part of improving healthcare experiences and delivering outcomes which matter to the individual and is keen to work and support all healthcare providers to improve outcomes for patients with chronic pain.
David Monck, Clinical Nurse Consultant
David is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Pain Management. He has been working in the field of pain management since 1998 and completed the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at The University of Sydney in 2012. As well as working at Greenwich Hospital Pain Clinic, David works as Acute Pain Service Clinical Nurse Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
David’s primary role at Greenwich Hospital Pain Clinic involves working with Dr Amanda Johns to provide Outreach Pain Management Services to NSW Far West Local Health District. This outreach service includes telehealth consultations, video-link group patient education sessions, outreach site visits and training and education for Local Health District and Primary Care Clinicians to build local capacity.
Rebecca McCabe, Physiotherapist
Rebecca is a physiotherapist who has worked at Royal North Shore Hospital Pain Management and Research Centre as well as working in private practice. The focus of her physiotherapy practice is on treating people with chronic pain both individually and in groups. She has also been involved in research at the Royal North Shore Hospital Pain Management and Research Centre investigating the effectiveness of a self–management program in helping elderly people manage their pain.
Robin Murray, Clinical Psychologist
Robin is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. She has a PhD in clinical psychology and has also been part of the pain management teams at the Royal North Shore Hospital as well as Canberra Hospital. Robin has a strong interest in positive psychology and has taught on this subject at the University of Sydney. Robin was also involved with Rebecca in research on the effectiveness of a self-management program in helping elderly people to manage chronic pain.
Skye Dong, Clinical Psychologist
Skye is a clinical psychologist with a strong interest in working with individuals adjusting to medical conditions, loss and grief, complex trauma, and significant life events impacting one’s quality of life. She has a PhD and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Sydney University. She has conducted research in the areas of psycho-oncology and symptom management. She currently works as a clinical psychologist on a spinal cord injury unit, rehabilitation unit, and palliative care unit across public and private health settings. Skye is interested in researching the subjective experience of suffering and the role of purpose and meaning in fostering post-traumatic growth in individuals with chronic pain.
Kathryn Nicholson Perry, Clinical Psychologist
Kathryn is a clinical psychologist specialising in working with people with medical conditions. She has a PhD (about pain in people with spinal cord injury), and has worked in pain services at St Thomas’ Hospital (London, UK) and Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney, Australia). Kathryn is Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences, Australian College of Applied Psychology where she contributes to teaching on post-graduate psychology programs including the Master of Psychology (Clinical).
Kathryn conducts research concerning pain, disability and rehabilitation and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Research, University of Western Sydney.
Janene Meacham, Administrative Officer
Janene is the person who handles enquiries, arranges appointments, books people in on arrival at the clinic and the many other tasks that are required to help us function smoothly.
Phil Austin, Postdoctoral Researcher
Phil is an osteopath and completed a PhD in the area of visceral pain and gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. He is presently employed on grant funding within the Pain Clinic to conduct research investigating how the body’s pain inhibitory system in the brain and spinal cord may not be functioning well in people with chronic pain. Phil also works in clinical private practice, treating people with musculoskeletal chronic pain disorders.
Bruce Carr, Volunteer
Bruce began volunteering at Greenwich Hospital in July 2013. He spent the first part of his working life in the marketing and business field. In 1999, he moved to Gothenburg (Sweden) with his family and worked for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. This was his initiation into the Healthcare industry. After two very cold winters and one brilliant summer in the Scandinavian climate, Bruce moved home to Australia to continue work in healthcare. In particular, this entailed the project management of clinical trials across various therapeutic areas in Asia and Australia. Recently, he started his own business conducting residential and commercial energy assessments. This role (working from home) has allowed him the flexibility and ability to volunteer at Greenwich.