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RACGP Category 1 Conference: The Sports and Spinal Evolution of Pain Conference 2022

The Sports and Spinal Evolution of Pain Conference is bringing together industry leading experts in musculo-skeletal pain management for a day of education, hands on workshops and unique networking opportunities.

The Evolution of Pain conference will be held at Mooloolaba centerpiece Pier 33 on Saturday August 20 2022 from 8am to 3.30pm.

Application submitted for recognition of 40 RACGP accreditation point activity.

This is an RACGP Category 1 event and will cover three key areas on the evolution of pain and pain management:

  1. Pain Storming part 1: Acute pain
  2. Pain Storming part 2: Subacute pain/surgical pain management
  3. Pain Storming part 3: Chronic pain

Panel members include Dr Paul Frank, Pain Physician, Dr Stephen Byrne, Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr Daevyd Rodda, Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr Mat Bateman, Radiologist, General Practitioner and Pain Physician Trainee Dr Rob Park, Legal Specialist Travis Schultz, Dr Mark Young, Sports Physician, Dr Ingrid Hutton Rheumatologist and Sports and Spinal Physiotherapist Montana Morrison.

Places are limited and filling up fast. If you are medical practitioner in a related field and are interested in attending, please email [email protected]

The Evolution of Pain Conference 2022 is generously sponsored by Travis Schultz and Partners, Sunshine Coast Orthopeadic Group, Sunshine Coast Neurosurgery, The Radiology Clinic and Pain Medicine Specialist Dr. Paul Frank.

Time Event name
8:00 – 8:15am Check in and registration
8:15 – 8:50am House keeping, speakers and sponsors introduction, Ice breakers & Quiz 1
8:50 – 9:00am Case summary and explanation of the next steps
9:00 – 9:40am Pain storming part 1 – Acute Pain
9:40 – 10:00am Discussion and answers from Panel & Quiz 2
10:00 – 10:30am MORNING TEA
10:30 – 10:55am Pain storming part 2 – Subacute pain
10:55 – 11:10am Answers and panel discussion on subacute pain
11:10 – 11:50am Meet the experts & optional manual examination skills station
11:50 – 12:30pm Red flags & unhappy snaps & Quiz 3
12:30 – 1:30pm LUNCH
1:30 – 2:15pm The great legal pain debates
2:15 – 2:40pm Pain storming part 3 – Chronic pain
2:40 – 3:10pm Answers from the panel & Quiz 4
3:10 – 3:30pm Questions box, final panel questions and comments on the day + prizes
3:30 – 5:00pm Drinks and psychosocial debrief…


Time & Date

  • Saturday 20th August 2022
  • 8.00am Start
  • 3.30pm Finish (optional psychosocial debrief until 5.30ish)
  • Pier 33 Mooloolaba
  • Morning Tea, Lunch & Canapes Provided



Please click the title to download the: Evolution of Pain Evaluation Form.

Dr Paul Frank completed his internship at Nambour General Hospital in 1995 following graduation from the University of Queensland. He then spent some time in rural hospital / GP work in North Queensland where he developed an interest in both critical care and the holistic care of patients in a primary care setting. This led to him pursuing dual fellowships in anesthesia and pain medicine that were awarded in early 2005. Dr Frank has a particular interest in ultrasound guided procedures for both pain management procedures and anaesthetics. His anaesthetic practice is primarily orthopaedic where ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks can contribute to optimal perioperative pain management in addition to enhancing the anaesthetic for the procedure.


Dr Stephen Byrne is a neurosurgeon and complex spine surgeon who commenced practice on the Sunshine Coast in 2017 and opened Sunshine Coast Neurosurgery in 2019. Dr Byrne underwent his neurosurgical training in Melbourne, Adelaide and New Zealand before gaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Following completion of his training as a neurosurgeon, Dr Byrne undertook a combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic complex spinal surgery Fellowship at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. In addition to spinal surgery, Dr Byrne spent the majority of his training focusing on cranial neurosurgery and he has a broad range of experience in managing patients with brain tumours, pituitary tumours, hydrocephalus, Chiari Malformations and peripheral nerve compression.


Dr Daevyd Rodda graduated from medicine at Monash University in 2004, Dr. Rodda worked and trained in the field of Orthopaedics at some of the most prestigious hospitals in Melbourne. During this time, he was awarded an honorary fellowship at the University of Melbourne Department of Anatomy. He received Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association in 2015. Dr. Rodda is widely regarded for his Anterior Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement surgery. He teaches this complex operation to other surgeons throughout Australia. Dr. Rodda performs both primary and complex hip replacement surgery via the anterior approach.


Dr Mat Bateman has established his trusted position in the Sunshine Coast medical community over the last 5 yrs. Born, raised and educated in Auckland, New Zealand, Mat completed his specialty training in 2015. Following this, he embarked on further subspecialty training through a fellowship in Neuroradiology and MRI at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne. Complementing his advanced training are his interests in musculoskeletal imaging and interventional pain management including radio frequency ablation. Mat lives with his wife and 3 children on the Sunshine Coast.


Dr Rob Park is an experienced GP who has recently undertaken further training as a pain physician and is due to complete all requirements in 2023. He is currently working with experienced pain physician Dr Paul Frank. Rob’s previous medical experience includes a Masters of Clinical Education, former National Chief writer and examiner for the RACGP MCQ exam paper, co-authoring a medical textbook, and freelance writing for Australian Doctor and Medical Observer. He is an avid but terrible gardener and used to enjoy chess until recently being beaten regularly by his 5 year old.


Travis Schultz founded Travis Schultz & Partners (TSP) in 2018 with a vision to create a professional services firm driven by the values of fairness, respect and compassion. Today, a major pillar of his law practice is to offer industry leading legal representation with a No Win / No Fee, lower fee promise. Travis has been a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law since 1999 and is recognised as one of Queensland’s leading compensation lawyers.


A stand up morning tea and sit down lunch will be provided on the day. There will also be a tea and coffee station and we invite all in attendance to enjoy some light refreshments at the bar following the conference.


Pier 33 has parking available on site and some parking availability on Parkyn Parade.


The conference will take place in the upstairs function room at Pier 33.