One-Day Seminar – Managing Pain

Date:                        Wednesday, 18th May, 2016

Time:                        9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Venue:                      Northcott Conference and Function Centre, Ground Floor, 1 Fennell Street, Parramatta

A special arrangement has been made to enable members and friends attending the Seminar to park in the Parramatta Leagues Club car park, thanks to the generosity of the Club management. Simply tell the security person at the car park entrance in Grose Street that you are attending the Polio NSW Seminar in the Northcott Building, and please park in the right-hand back corner of the car park. You can then enter the Northcott Building via the gate into its adjacent playground.

Refreshments:        Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided (cost subsidised by Polio NSW)

Cost:                        $10 per person – please RSVP by Friday 13th May 2016

Complete and return this Registration Form with your payment to the Polio NSW Office by Friday, 13th May.  Alternatively, you can pay on the day when you arrive at the Seminar, however, if you elect to do this, you MUST still contact the Office [email [email protected] or Phone 02 9890 0946] by Friday 13th May to confirm your attendance so sufficient catering can be arranged.


  9:30 am     Registration

10:00 am     Morning Tea

10:20 am     Welcome by Polio NSW President, Gillian Thomas

10:30 am     Amal Helou, Nurse Practitioner, Pain Management Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
“Pain Management”

11:30 am     Break

11:45 am     Dr Toby Newton-John – Senior Clinical Psychologist, North Shore Private Hospital Pain Centre
“Self-management of Persistent Pain: 5 Useful Strategies”

12:45 pm     Lunch

  1:45 pm     Melissa McConaghy, Neurological Physiotherapist, Managing Director of Advance Rehab Centre, Artarmon
“Care of the Shoulder”

  3:00 pm     Close


Amal HelouAmal Helou: Amal has over 30 years’ experience in pain management, and is employed as a nurse practitioner in the Pain Management Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Amal has particular interest in patient and family education and has actively worked and advocated for pain management in the older person in hospital and community settings. She is also interested in exploring patient narrative as a therapeutic intervention and the impact persistent pain has on the whole individual. Amal is on the ACI (Agency of Clinical Innovation) pain network steering committee which helps to support new pain services and develop pain research in NSW.

Toby Newton-JohnDr Toby Newton-John: Dr Newton-John is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Health, UTS (University of Technology Sydney). He completed undergraduate psychology and postgraduate clinical psychology training at the University of Sydney before moving to the UK to undertake a PhD in pain psychology at the University of London. Toby has worked in a range of clinical health settings in Australia and the UK. He established a large multidisciplinary pain management program in Newcastle NSW and moved into an academic position in 2013. He continues to practice as a clinical psychologist on a part-time basis at Northern Private Pain Centre, North Shore Private Hospital. Toby’s clinical as well as research interest has been in the social aspects of chronic illness, particularly the reciprocal influences of the primary relationship on illness adjustment. He has ongoing research collaborations with Relationships Australia and overseas universities.

Dr Newton-John has expressed an interest in collecting information from our members for his research.

Melissa McConaghyMelissa McConaghy: Melissa McConaghy is a specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the College of Physiotherapists. She has a Master of Neurological Physiotherapy and a Postgraduate Certificate of Public Health. Melissa established Mobile Rehab Innovations in 2006 and Advance Rehab Centre in 2009 after recognising the need for a rehabilitation service providing expert rehabilitation for people with complex therapy needs in Sydney. Melissa is one of three clinical specialist neurological physiotherapists in NSW and has extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation. As the lead educator for Polio Australia’s pilot LEoP Clinical Practice Workshops series, Melissa is currently delivering training on management of the late effects of polio to a wide range of health professionals.

All are welcome – we look forward to seeing you there!