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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TILLMAN BOESEL
MBBS BMedSc (hons) FANZCA FFPMANZCA

Following undergraduate medical training at the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Tillman Boesel moved to NSW in 1996, where he worked as a junior doctor at Liverpool Hospital. He subsequently qualified as a specialist anaesthetist through Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s training scheme. Following his appointment as a staff specialist at the Nepean Hospital in 2004, he undertook further advanced training in pain medicine with a special focus on interventional treatments with Professor Raj Sundaraj.

Associate Professor Boesel has held an academic appointment at Macquarie University’s Australian School of Advanced Medicine since 2007. In addition to his academic position, he currently practices at Macquarie University Hospital, Macquarie Neurosurgery, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Nepean Private Hospital; with private consulting in Penrith, North Ryde and Newtown.

His special interests include neuropathic pain, interventional pain management and medical education.

TIM AUSTIN

Tim Austin is a Physiotherapist who specialises in pain management. He graduated from the University of Sydney in Physiotherapy in 1991, working first at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital,Sydney. In 1994, Tim moved to Camperdown Physiotherapy in 1994, where he has been Principal ever since. Part of that work has always included involvement in a multi-disciplinary pain management team.

Tim completed a Masters in Pain Management with Honours in 2007 through the University of Sydney. At the completion of this degree, he was asked to commence with the teaching staff on that degree. He has continued to teach on this worldwide online degree to the present.

Tim continues to be involved in professional organisations, promoting the role of Pain Management in Physiotherapy. He was instrumental in the establishment of a special interest group for pain management physiotherapists through the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He also is involved with the peak body for Pain Management in Australia, the Australian Pain Society, in promoting Physiotherapists’ connections with that body.

Tim has a particular interest in the application of Inter-Disciplinary pain management in a Primary Care setting.

In 2018, Tim was one of the first physiotherapists to be awarded the ascription “Australian Physiotherapy Association – Titled Pain Physiotherapist”, which is the highest level of achievement for a Pain Management Physiotherapist.

Tim’s current appointments are:

  • Associate Lecturer, University of Sydney, Teaching Appointment on the Masters of Pain Management programme
  • Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association (Pain Network committee member)
  • Member of Australian Pain Society (Relationships Committee member)
  • Consultant to the Intensive Pain Management Programme, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Sc.Med. (Pain Management) (Hons) 2007 University of Sydney
  • B.App.Sc. (Physiotherapy) 1991 University of Sydney

TONY MERRITT

Tony completed his undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of New South Wales. He has undertaken advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. Tony has also completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with BehaviourTech.

Tony is registered to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in New South Wales and is registered as a provider of clinical psychology services with Medicare. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, The Australian Clinical Psychology Association, The Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, The Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, and The International Association for the Study of Pain.

Tony is a highly experienced clinician with many years experience working with people with chronic pain. Tony worked at RPA Hospital Pain Management Centre for ten years where he ran the clinical psychology and pain management programmes. Tony has worked as part of several highly regarded pain managemnet teams in private practice, including Eastern Suburbs Pain Clinic and Camperdown Pain Management. He has conducted and published research on chronic pain and has presented at local and international conferences. He has written several book chapters on chronic pain, including a soon to be published international handbook on chronic pain that has chapters by many world-wide experts on chronic pain. Tony is also a lecturer at the University of New South Wales where he teaches chronic pain in the Masters of Clinical Psychology programme.

DR SUSHAMA DESHPANDE 

Dr Sushama Deshpande is specialist Pain Physician. She undertook fellowship training in Pain medicine at Nepean Hospital and was subsequently awarded a Fellowship in pain Medicine. She is currently a Pain Physician in the Department of Pain Medicine at Nepean Hospital. Sushama has a broad interest in chronic pain, with a particular interest in interventional management of chronic pain, neuropathic pain and cancer pain. She also specialises in intrathecal pain management, regional blocks for chronic pain, and insertion of advanced pain management devices.

RICHARD BARCLAY

Richard completed his undergraduate (BSc Psychology – Hons) and postgraduate (Masters of Clinical Psychology) training at Macquarie University. He has undertaken training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Narrative Therapy. Richard holds national registration with AHPRA as a Psychologist and is authorised to provide psychological services under Medicare.

Richard’s clinical training involved him working with inpatients and outpatients at the Blacktown Mental Health Unit, including co-facilitating an outpatient dialectical behavioural therapy group. His training also involved working with children and young people at both the Blue Mountains Hospital and the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Penrith. Richard also worked with a variety of clients across the lifespan at the Macquarie University Psychology Clinic. Richard has experience assisting people with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, behavioural issues, trauma, chronic pain and other disability/health-related concerns. Richard has worked for several years in disability research, and currently also works with aboriginal children and young people in out of home care.

STEPHANIE ALDIS

Stephanie completed her undergraduate training at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, followed by her postgraduate training at Western Sydney University (formerly UWS). She has completed further training in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for chronic pain, Schema-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Mentalisation-Based Treatment.

Stephanie is registered to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in NSW and is registered as a provider of Clinical Psychology services with Medicare and also with WorkCover. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

Stephanie has experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health, Eating Disorder Day Treatment Programme – formerly Sydney West AHS – (assessing, diagnosing and treating those with an eating disorder; running eating disorder groups; providing outpatient services; conducting research; running family education sessions; and providing education sessions for Allied Health and medical staff within Westmead and Cumberland Hospitals). Stephanie has also worked extensively in private practice treating a range of disorders including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, complex PTSD, paraphilias and other chronic mental health conditions. She has experience working with clients with chronic health conditions. More recently, Stephanie has worked within a pain management service (public health) providing assessment, psychological intervention to outpatients and running components of a group pain programme.

JANE BRADSHAW

Jane trained as a physiotherapist in Birmingham and qualified in 1985. After moving to Australia she worked in far North Queensland for Queensland Health and in private practice treating a wide range of people from local Indigenous people to film stars. Later she moved to Sydney and since doing so has worked in major teaching hospitals and private practice.

Jane’s currently holds a position at Nepean Hospital Chronic Pain Service where she is the senior physiotherapist on the team, as well holding a position at Western Sydney Pain Centre. Jane is a highly experienced chronic pain physiotherapy who brings warmth and compassion to her work.

FIONA McQUILLAN

Fiona holds both a Bachelor of the Applied Science from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of New South Wales. Fiona underwent her clinical training at the New Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she gained a broad range of experiences. She then began a career working in private practice in both the sports and rehabilitation fields. Fiona has also been the appointed physiotherapist for a number of sports teams.

As well as working with Western Sydney Pain Centre, Fiona currently holds positions with Macquarie University Hospital, MQ Health, and a local physiotherapy practice.

IVANA BORRETT

Ivana holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology). She has undertaken training in a wide range of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Ericksonian Hypnosis, Schema Therapy and Systemic Family Constellations therapy.

She holds national registration with AHPRA as a Psychologist and is registered provider of psychological services with Medicare. She is a member of Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy and EMDR Association of Australia. She is an associate member the Australian Clinical Psychology Association and Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

Ivana has over two decades’ experience in applying mindfulness as the pathway to well-being. Her clinical training involved therapy for drug and alcohol addictions, mood disorders, anxiety, stress, and personality issues. She has specialty interest in trauma, relationship issues, adjustment to change, and pain management. She has conducted research on mindfulness in difficulties with eating and body image.

DR ANDREW PATERSON

Dr Andrew Paterson graduated from medicine at the University of Sydney in 2000, and thereafter did his internship and Residency at Wollongong Hospital. He undertook his anaesthetic training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and completed his Anaesthetic and Pain Fellowships at Concord Repatriation General Hospitals. He completed his Anaesthetic Fellowship in 2011, and gained his Fellowship in Pain Medicine in 2013. Dr Paterson is a Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) in Pain Medicine in Macquarie University Hospital, Norwest Private Hospital and Chris O’Brian Lifehouse in Camperdown.

Dr Paterson’s area of interest are Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS), spinal pain and complex acute pain management, with an emphasis on interventional and multidisciplinary pain management.

DR HASHER KADAVIL

Hasher completed his undergraduate training in India before moving to the UK for further training in anaesthesia. He later moved to Australia and completed his anaesthesia training, attaining his FANZCA in 2009.

After extensive training in pain medicine in Auckland, Sydney and Newcastle, Hasher gained his FFPMANZCA pain management fellowship in 2015.

Hasher works in a variety of public and private hospitals in anaesthesia and pain medicine in Sydney and on the Central Coast. He treats a wide range of pain conditions, including neuropathic pain and complex regional pain syndrome. He is committed to delivering a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to pain management, and also has expertise in interventional procedures, including spinal cord stimulators.

KYM HANDO

Kym Hando (not Dr) completed a Master of Psychology (Forensic) at the University of NSW. Most recently and a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Western Sydney University. Kym is a registered member of the Australian Psychological Society.

In her work as a practitioner, Kym has run depression and anxiety groups and worked one-on-one with clients with a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, pain management, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, trauma and substance abuse.

Kym enjoys working with people who want to change and help them figure out how to get where they want to be in their lives. Kym has a particular interest in PTSD and EMDR therapy as well as helping people who are struggling with anxiety and chronic pain.

DR LAURENT WALLACE

Dr Laurent Wallace is an Interventional Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist.

He was born and lives in Camden, studied medicine at UNSW and completed his Fellowship in Anaesthesia at Liverpool Hospital. He then went on to complete a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital. He received the meritorious achievement award for his performance in the fellowship examinations. He has published 2 meta-analyses, one in the Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and one in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He is also a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong.

DR TIM HO

Dr. Tim Ho is a Rehabilitation and Pain Specialist. He has a special interest in neuropathic pain.

Dr. Ho offers a range of services including multidisciplinary pain management, interventional pain management, medico-legal assessment and vocational assessment. He runs specialised pain clinics for Chinese speakers, residential aged care residents, amputees (for the Osseointegration Group Australia) and for clients with comorbid pain and substance use disorder.

Dr. Ho graduated from medicine from the University of New South Wales in 2005. He subsequently qualified as a Rehabilitation Medicine physician, before he undertook further training in pain medicine; and he is currently completing further training in addiction medicine. He is the NSW director of Australian Pain Society.

DANA PEPCAK

Dana joined our team as Practice Manager in 2016. Dana has an Advanced Diploma of Business Management and Administration as well as Bachelor Degree of Business. She came to us with over 15 years of experience in performance and workflow management.

Dana strongly believes in continued professional development in her role as the Practice Manager to ensure constant success of the practice. She is an active member of Australian Association of Practice Management and is involved with organising networking events in Inner West and Western Sydney areas.

Dana utterly enjoys the multiplicity of her role and daily interactions with all staff and patients. Dana is proud to be surrounded with passionate people who genuinely want to make other’s lives better.

Dana lives in inner-city and enjoys seeing live comedy and music, reading, gardening and playing pinball.

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Left to Right: Elisabeth, Anna, Josie and Sally.