My medical training began right here, in Western Australia, over thirty years ago. I completed my medical degree and – having a keen interest in pain management – I quickly found my way to anaesthetics. While anaesthetics offers powerful solutions for acute pain management, it's wasn't long before I found myself struggling to help my chronic pain patients. Medication-only protocols simply didn't work. People with chronic pain needed more – more support, more tools, more time. These realisations, as well as my own personal experiences with chronic pain, led me to specialise in pain medicine and I've not looked back since.
I've been fortunate enough to travel the world learning from and practicing with some exceptional pain medicine practitioners. I've been privileged to share in the lives of thousands of people with pain – to learn from their experiences and support them to find long-term solutions.
After many years leading hospital pain departments, it was finally time to step out on my own. My vision was a fully integrative pain team, working together to deliver personalised pain care – and so, Painless was born. I now have the amazing opportunity to lead and mentor a highly-specialised team of pain practitioners. Whilst I rarely have the time to see patients personally now, my role remains very hands on, both in the clinic and in theatre.
It's no secret that opioids are still widely misused in pain medicine despite a clear scientific consensus that they have no efficacy for chronic pain. In fact, in the long term, "classical" opioids make pain worse.
My focus – and that of my team – is opioid-free pain care, wherever possible. We focus on low-risk, high-efficacy strategies that manage pain without compromising your health. Whether it be prudent medications, minimally-invasive procedures, or nutrition, sleep support and physiotherapy – there's always more options to try.
In my experience, it's the combination of many small personalised strategies working in synergy that achieve lasting relief.