New Zealand Pain Society 37th Annual Scientific Meeting 2012 (NZPS 2012)
InterContinental Hotel
2 Grey Street Wellington, 6011, New Zealand (04) 472 2722
Wellington, New Zealand
On behalf of the organising committee I would like to invite you to the New Zealand Pain Society's Annual Scientific Meeting. The Society's last meeting was two long years ago with the 2011 meeting falling victim to events in Christchurch. In setting the programme for the Wellington meeting we have endeavoured to keep some of the content and spirit of this cancelled meeting alive, and indeed will have a morning dedicated to the trauma and pain in Christchurch. We have also expanded the programme to extend a full day longer than usual for those who are worried they missed out in 2011 - so we hope there will be something to hold the interest for everyone attending. 
The theme of our meeting is “A Head of Pain”, a not very subtle pun! Most of those working in pain management probably feel it is a hard enough job trying to keep up with the rapidly expanding knowledge base in the field, let alone getting "ahead of pain", but we believe that we have managed to attract a stellar panel of international and local speakers, presenting on the cutting edge, with topics such as how to make placebo work for you, achieving acceptance of pain, and the latest in functional MRI. As the title theme implies the focus will be on central aspects of pain particularly around the brain, and we will even have a session on headache pain! There will be sessions on a huge range of topics, as the longer meeting format allows leeway to cover the field of pain management more broadly. We will have refresher lectures from experts in their field, plenary sessions, workshops galore (including a novel and exciting interactive workshop on how to create your own fMRI research paradigm) plus free papers and posters. We hope we have covered as many aspects of pain as possible, acute and chronic, clinical and research. Even if we haven't managed to whet your intellectual taste buds, we would encourage you to come along, to let your hair down with the social programme, catch up with old friends, make new ones, and enjoy a few days in a great city amongst like minded souls, to get your head around "a head of pain".

InterContinental Wellington is the only internationally branded 5 star hotel in New Zealand’s Capital. It is conveniently located in the heart of the CBD and within easy walking distance to Lambton Quarter shopping, museums, art galleries and the vibrant Wellington café culture. We offer a range of premium conference facilities from 4 to 400 delegates coupled with international 5 star service delivery.

Schedule of Presentations:

Thursday, April 12, 2012
07:30:00 Registrati on Desk Open
07:35:00 Welcome Refreshments and Exhibition Open
08:40:00 Opening Address Ross Drake
09:00:00 Placebo Mechanisms Serge Marchand
09:30:00 Acceptance of Pain Lance McCracken
10:00:00 Spinal/Neck Pain
10:30:00 Morning Tea and Industry Exhibition
11:00:00 Pharmacology of Acute Pain Paul Hardy
11:30:00 Physiology of Chronic Pain – how a diff erent way of thinking makes all the diff erence Mike Butler
12:00:00 Functi onal Fundamentals, What are they doing? Dagmar Hempel
12:30:00 Lunch and Industry Exhibition
13:30:00 Psychologists’ Meeting
13:30:00 Nursing Interest Group Meeti ng
13:30:00 Occupational Therapists’ Meeting
13:35:00 Physiotherapists’ Meeting
15:30:00 Afternoon Tea | PSYCHOLOGISTS’ MEETING
16:00:00 Nursing Interest Group Meeti ng continued
16:00:00 Occupational Therapists’ Meeting continued
16:00:00 Interactive Functional MRI Workshop continued
16:30:00 Nursing Special Interest Group AGM
18:00:00 Welcome Reception
Friday, April 13, 2012
07:30:00 Registration Desk Open
07:35:00 Welcome Refreshments and Exhibition Open
08:30:00 Placebo and Nocibo - How to Enhance Therapies and Avoid Sabotage Serge Marchand
09:30:00 How We Can Image Pain Irene Tracey
10:30:00 Morning Tea and Industry Exhibition
11:00:00 Practical Approaches to Headache and Orofacial Pain James Bartley
12:00:00 Influences Upon People’s Attitudes and Beliefs about Low Back Pain Ben Darlow
12:30:00 Lunch, Industry Exhibition and Poster Presentations
13:30:00 Addiction and Pain, the Growing Problem of Opioid Misuse Jeremy McMinn
14:15:00 Psychiatric Pathology, Personality and Pain Charles Hornabrook
15:00:00 Afternoon Tea and Industry Exhibition
15:30:00 Workshop One | ACT/Mindfullness Lance McCracken
15:30:00 Workshop Two | PBL Opioids and Chronic Pain
15:30:00 Workshop  three | Acute Paediatric Pain Ross Drake
17:00:00 NZPS AGM
Saturday, April 14, 2012
07:00:00 NZPS Executive Breakfast Meeting
07:30:00 Registration Desk Open
07:35:00 Welcome Refreshments and Exhibition Open
08:30:00 Gender and Pain Irene Tracey, Serge Marchand
09:30:00 Developing Management Plans for Frequent Attenders to Emergency Care
10:00:00 Morning Tea and Industry Exhibition
10:30:00 Christchurch Earthquake - the Impact Michael Ardagh
11:30:00 Pain Responses to the Christchurch Earthquake
12:30:00 Lunch, Industry Exhibition and Poster Presentations
13:30:00 Workshop One | Update on Spinal Cord Stimulation Rick Acland
13:30:00 Workshop Two | Functi onal Workshop
13:30:00 Workshop  three | Research ....ya ever thought about it?
15:00:00 Afternoon Tea and Industry Exhibiti on
15:30:00 Free Papers One
15:30:00 Free Papers Two | Reducing the pain of bicillin injections in the rheumatic fever population of CMDHB
15:35:00 Free Papers One | Fear avoidance beliefs and their relationship with treatment recommendations | a pilot online survey for occupational therapists
15:55:00 Free Papers One | Prognostic factors associated with Low Back Pain outcomes
15:55:00 Free Papers Two | Urine drug testing in chronic pain
16:15:00 Free Papers One | The reliability of assessing brainstem pathways that modulate pain Gwyn Lewis
16:15:00 Free Papers Two | Pain assessment and management practices in children following surgery of the lower limb
16:35:00 Free Papers One | Reliability and comfort of the nociceptive flexion reflex Gwyn Lewis
16:35:00 Free Papers Two | The relationship between beliefs about pain and functional ability with rheumatological conditions
16:55:00 Free Papers One | Maori Experiences of Chronic Pain | Think About Culture
19:00:00 Conference Dinner
Sunday, April 15, 2012
07:30:00 Registration Desk Open
07:35:00 Welcome Refreshments and Exhibition Open
09:00:00 Patterns of Chronic Pain in New Zealand Clare Dominick
09:30:00 An Interactive Session with ACC - looking to the future
10:00:00 Graded Motor Imagery
10:30:00 Morning Tea and Industry Exhibition
11:00:00 Panel Discussion Looking to the Future Serge Marchand, Lance McCracken, Irene Tracey
12:00:00 Fun Session
12:30:00 Conference Close / Prize Giving
3D Tissue Models
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