Explainer – what is pain?

This is an expanded and re-targeted version of the original piece, 'Explainer-What is Pain', published in The Conversation. ‘..if someone has a pain in his hand, then the hand does not say so ….. one does not comfort the hand, but the sufferer: one looks into his face.’ Wittgenstein 1953[1] ‘So what is pain?’ It might seem like an easy question – … [Read more...]

The BiM 2015 Christmas Edition

As is customary, it is time to look back on another stellar year in the Body in Mind Research group. Just in case you had forgotten, here is our brief ‘who are we’ blurb: The Body in Mind research group is based at the Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and Neuroscience Research Australia in … [Read more...]

Chronic pain is a brain thang – right?

One last offering from the Neuropathic Pain Meeting in Nice - first sent as an email to the NeuPSIG special interest group. To join NeuPSIG, click here. PCP - CNS or PNS? GLM covers 2SS - the SBS & the SSS present ATS @ NSM in SNS Too many acronyms are hardly enough, but this session at NeuPSIG 2015 had much much more than a whole lot of … [Read more...]

EP3 AND PainAdelaide April 2016

EP3 By the sea... Adelaide, Australia, 1-3 April 2016 AND PainAdelaide 2016, 4 April 2016 Five speakers to ignite your senses. Four days to learn, connect and be inspired. One unique Festival of Pain. What could be better than four days of pain-dedicated cutting edge education and learning? Prof Frank Keefe 
Prof Giandomenico … [Read more...]

Morphine and mindfulness – same room different windows?

The second lecture evening of our Art of Pain Exhibition, undertaken as part of the Australian National Pain Week, saw Professor Mark Hutchinson from Adelaide Uni, Dr Tim Semple from the RAH Pain Service, Georgie Davidson from Mindful Movement Physiotherapy and artist George Khut take on this rather cryptic and perhaps not altogether helpful topic. … [Read more...]

Art of Pain Exhibition is a hit; ‘Whiplash – to treat or reassure?’

As part of National Pain Week, University of South Australia’s Hawke Centre, PainAdelaide Stakeholders’ Consortium and The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), joined forces to put on the inaugural Art of Pain Exhibition and seminar series. A thousand members of the general public attended and the feedback was top shelf indeed. Our … [Read more...]

EP 15 years in: historical and theoretical underpinnings

This is my second post based on a perspectives piece David Butler and I wrote for the Journal of Pain. You can get the gist of it by just reading the bolded sentences. It is some time now since John Loeser adapted Engel’s biopsychosocial model to fit it to the lived experience of chronic pain. From my perspective as someone who had experience on … [Read more...]

15 years of Explaining Pain – where have we been and where are we going?

Neuroscience was clearly my favourite course at uni – I loved it so much I was learning for fun, not for exams. I don’t recall ever studying for a neuroscience exam – it all seemed to magically stick in there – as if there were tailored docking stations in my brain just waiting for their particular neuroscience nugget to lock in. I found it … [Read more...]

No brain, no pain: it is in the mind, so test results can make it worse

This post was first published on TheConversation. Here it is in a slightly longer format. NPS Medicinewise has just launched its Choosing Wisely Australia, tagged with the line ‘An important conversation about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures’. They have gathered an impressive collection of collaborators … [Read more...]

Does charity start at homeopathy?

Well it was a bit predictable I guess, but the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council, a highly respected and independent body from almost anyone’s viewpoint, has released the findings of its mammoth investigation into the evidence supporting homeopathy. And the evidence is not good - there was no reliable evidence (i.e. from … [Read more...]