Dr. Nick Christelis
Dr Nick Christelis is medical director and co-founder of Pain Specialists Australia, a multidisciplinary pain clinic, that is a tier 1 college accredited pain training unit.
He holds two pain fellowship qualifications: one from Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA), the other, from the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London, UK (FFPMRCA).
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he completed his medical training at the University of Witwatersrand before moving to London where he completed his specialist training in pain medicine and anaesthesia at London’s Imperial School of Anaesthesia. He worked as a pain consultant at The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital before moving to Melbourne, Australia, in 2009 to take up appointments as Consultant in Pain Medicine, Head of Pain Service, and Anaesthetist at The Alfred Hospital.
Nick now practices 100% within the field of pain medicine at Pain Specialists Australia. He is an interventional pain specialist combining a multidisciplinary team approach with advanced pain interventional techniques such as neuromodulation.
He has served on the executive board of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ) since 2015. He is part of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Interventional Procedures Clinical Care Standard Working Group.
Pain Specialists Australia was founded on the single belief that no one should suffer from pain.
When Nick is not treating pain he is a husband to Georgina, father to Sophia and Alexander and exerciser.
Dr. James Yu
Dr. James Yu is the Medical Director of Sydney Spine and Pain with several multi-disciplinary pain centres across Sydney. He is also the director of SSP Rehab and REGAIN multidisciplinary pain management program.
In 2016, he established Australian Medical Research (AMR), a private clinical research facility in Sydney. AMR is working closely with several pharmaceutical and medical device companies to coordinate and conduct high quality clinical studies.
He is an examiner and training unit assessor for the Faculty of Pain Medicine. He has been certified and awarded the Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) in 2015.
Dr Yu is an executive board member of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ). He has been the organizer and moderator for the NSANZ cadaver workshops for the last 4 years.
He is trained in all areas of pain medicine with clinical expertise in interventional pain procedures including spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pump implant.
Dr. Murray Taverner
Murray Taverner is a specialist anaesthetist and pain medicine physician at Frankston Hospital. He is the director/founder of Frankston Pain Management, a private collaborative multidisciplinary pain clinic.
He is an adjunct senior lecturer Monash University. He is a foundation member of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia & New Zealand and has served on the Board of Directors as treasurer and is the current secretary. He has been a member of the Spine Intervention Society since 1995 and is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice of the World Institute of Pain. He is a member of the Faculty Pain Medicine Board, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia.
He is a tireless patient advocate for a comprehensive holistic pain management and the application of evidence-based therapy in public and private sectors to maximise function whilst minimising pain and suffering.
Murray’s areas of clinical interest include musculoskeletal pain, post-surgical pain, minimising unhelpful medications and interventional pain treatments.
Dr. Nathan Taylor
Dr Taylor is a Pain Medicine Specialist at Northern Pain Centre and Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. He developed his skills and interest in Neuromodulation through training under the guidance of Professor Michael Cousins and now invests time in teaching and research in this exciting area of Pain Medicine.
Dr Taylor is committed to providing comprehensive, individually tailored treatments for a range of pain conditions. He is highly experienced in interventional procedures and is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at Northern Pain Centre which offers a three week, intensive pain management program as part of their evidence-based approach to patient care.
He is currently the Scientific Convenor for the 2021 NSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting.
Dr. Marc Russo
MBBS, DA (UK), FANZCA. FFPMANZCA
Director at Large
Dr Marc Russo is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. He is the Director of the Hunter Pain Specialists, Hamilton Day Surgery, Genesis Research Services and Co-Director of the Innervate Pain Management Program. Hunter Pain Specialists in Newcastle is a Tier 2 training facility for Faculty of Pain Medicine, and we are also a Certified ISO 9001 business.
Dr Russo provides a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. He believes that clinical diligence, early intervention, education and research in the field of pain management are integral to successfully treating patients suffering from chronic persistent non cancer and cancer pain.
Dr. Philip Finch
Philip Finch is currently the Medical Director of the Perth Pain Management Centre in Western Australia. He completed his medical education at the University of Western Australia. Philip has worked in the field of pain medicine since 1978 and solely in this field since 1987.
His particular interests are those of intervention using nerve blocks and radiofrequency lesioning in a number of spinal and other structures. In particular, he is interested in the intervertebral disc as a possible origin for spinal pain and methods for treating this condition. He has been instrumental in developing equipment for radiofrequency lesioning including curved radiofrequency electrodes and the discTRODE.
He has studied the association between implanted intrathecal opioid pumps and the development of hypogonadism in male patients, with related loss of bone density and onset of osteoporosis. He has also been interested in the field of neuropathic pain, specifically Complex Regional Pain (CRPS). With Professor Peter Drummond, he has studied the importance of alpha-1 adrenoceptors both in humans and animal models of neuropathic pain, producing a number of publications over the years. Recent studies at Murdoch University have included changes in the functioning of the Special Senses, hearing, vision and smell, associated with CRPS.
Ongoing clinical studies include the use of high frequency peripheral nerve stimulation for craniofacial pain and outcome studies of the efficacy of Medicinal Cannabis in treating chronic pain. He holds Adjunct chairs at Murdoch University and Notre Dame University, Western Australia.
Dr. Mohammed Awad
Dr Mohammed Awad is a UK and Australian-trained Neurosurgeon. He is a full member of the Royal college of Surgeons of England and The Royal Australasian college of surgeons, and is a leader and global educator in surgeries on brain tumours, complex spinal (robotic) surgery, computer and ultrasound guided surgery and complex pain surgeries amongst many others.
Dr Awad conducted his medical school and Neurosurgery training in the United Kingdom. He trained and gained expertise in some of the leading neurosurgical centres in London and Australia, and deriving experience in a diverse range of areas in brain and spinal surgery. He has been granted Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Dr Awad has completed subspecialty fellowship training in spinal surgery and neuro-oncology. Dr Awad applies the latest state-of-the-art techniques, including minimally invasive surgery and artificial disc replacement, as well as robotic spinal surgery, to the treatment of a range of spinal conditions, including disc prolapse, degenerative spinal disease, tumours, and spinal trauma. He is also a world leader in the removal of brain tumours using high-tech intra-operative techniques to make for safer surgery.
Dr Awad prides himself on providing every patient timely, compassionate and personalised care of the highest standard.
Rachel is the Nursing Manager at Hunter Pain Specialists in Newcastle, NSW, where her role involves caring for patients with chronic pain, while also managing the daily routines of the nursing team. Prior to working in chronic pain, Rachel has worked across various acute care specialities such as medical, surgical and intensive care units, and also has experience working in General Practice where she ran a successful Women’s Health Clinic. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, Sexual and Reproductive Health and is currently completing her Masters in Nursing Management.
She is the incoming President for 2021 of the Australasian Neuromodulation Special Interest Group (ANSIG), after having served previously as Scientific Chair. Rachel was directly involved in the development of ANSIG and is passionate about its mission to support and educate nurses and allied health professionals working within the neuromodulation field.
Rachel has had the privilege of presenting at various conferences and enjoys the opportunity to facilitate education and networking among her peers. She sees her professional affiliations and continuing education as an asset in providing quality nursing care for patients with chronic pain.
Dr. Matthew Keys
Matthew is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician and a Specialist Intensive Care Physician. He joined the board of NSANZ in 2019. Matthew was scientific convenor for NSANZ2020 and now shares that role with Nathan Taylor and he graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours. He holds adjunct teaching positions at The University of Queensland (Senior Lecturer), and Bond University (Asst. Professor). Matthew has a special interest in what the future could bring in the field of pain medicine, in particular in the area of neuromodulation. However, he incorporates all aspects of pain medicine in his multidisciplinary practice: Pharmacological, Physical Therapy, Patient Education, Psychology and the judicious use of Procedures (diagnostic and therapeutic).
Matthew is based in private practice Brisbane where he is the medical director of Metro Pain Qld.
Megan Hannah completed her general nursing training in 1984 and obtained post graduate qualifications in orthopaedic nursing where she worked for many years before commencing work in a private neuromodulation practice in 1997. She has worked in a number of neuromodulation practices since that time.
She completed her Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing in 2000 and her Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Pain) in 2007. She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing.
Megan was involved in the formation of the Australian Chapter of the International Neuromodulation Society (now NSANZ) and is a founding member of the Australasian Neuromodulation Nurses Special Interest Group.
Megan’s passion is patient and medical education. She aims to raise the profile of nurses working in neuromodulation and facilitate ongoing education for nurses.