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:
Philip Siddall, Director
Philip 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 at the University of Sydney.
Amanda Johns, Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Medicine
Amanda 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.
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.
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.
Ros Wyllie, Volunteer
Ros Wyllie worked at the Pain Management Research Institute at the Royal North Shore hospital for quite a few years, doing the administrative work involved in the online University of Sydney's Master of Medicine (Pain Management) and the Master of Science (Pain Management) conducted via the Institute. She continues her interest in this area as a volunteer in the pain management program at Greenwich Hospital.
These people form the core team at the Pain Clinic but they are assisted by other nursing, medical and allied health staff who are involved in the organisation of clinic visits, assessment and treatment.