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Early screening to prevent progression of acute pain to chronic conditions

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This lecture is aimed to assist physiotherapists in implementing appropriate screening tools to identify factors contributing to persistent and chronic pain states.


It will also cover some of the management strategies clinicians can utilise in assisting recovery and prevention of chronic conditions.



Tim Austin, FACP, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy.  He then worked at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney until 1994, when he became Principal Physiotherapist at Camperdown Physiotherapy; a position he continues to hold. Tim’s work in the Private Practice involves acute injury treatment through to complex inter-disciplinary pain management. For many years he worked with Dr John Ditton, and more recently with Associate Professor Tillman Boesel and colleagues at the Inner West Pain Centre. Between 2005 and 2007, Tim completed a Masters of Pain Management with Honours through the University of Sydney. Upon completion of this degree, Tim was asked to teach on this degree program, which he continues to do.  


Tim has been a member of the Board of the Australian Pain Society for the past 5 years, currently serving as Treasurer.  He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Pain Special Interest Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and is currently Chair of its National Committee. In May 2018, Tim was one of the first to achieve the APA Titling credential in the field of Pain. In 2021, Tim became a Specialist Pain Physiotherapist (as Awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists) - the first Australian physiotherapist to be awarded this credential, and is now proud to be a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (FACP). Tim has 2 keen professional interests. Firstly, the provision of evidence based inter-disciplinary pain management in primary and secondary care.  Secondly, that all professions working in pain management have the capacity to learn from each other in all forms of continuing education.



Musculoskeletal, Pain and Advanced Practice National Groups


Date of Live Event



CPD Hours

1.5 hours


Please note: The content of this Lecture on Demand (LOD) was captured via a recording of a live lecture at the APA premises. Due to the nature of the event and the recording method, this LOD may not have captured some of the questions/comments from live audience. Your purchase of this module indicates your acceptance of this.