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Dr Coralie Wales

Coralie is a founding Director of Chronic Pain Australia. She has a PhD through Sydney University  in Community and Behavoural health, for which she examined contextual and systemic influences on health professionals working with people in pain. She has undertaken a number of projects for NSW Health examining the usefulness of telehealth for people in rural Australia.  She is a member of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Consumer Council. Coralie works for NSW Health and resides in Sydney. She convenes National Pain Week on behalf of Chronic Pain Australia and provides continuing education for health professionals in the complex neurophysiology of chronic pain. She works with Ms Petrea King facilitating a retreat At Quest for Life in Bundanoon for people living with complex pain and enjoys being part of their healing journey.


Dr Mandy Nielsen
Vice President

Mandy lives with chronic pain and is based in Brisbane in Qld. Her PhD thesis explored the social context experienced by people living with pain. With a social work background, Amanda is currently employed as a researcher in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. She has a deep interest in health literacy and chronic back pain, and has been involved in researching online information for people experiencing long term pain. Mandy has published work on the stigma of chronic pain and speaks regularly in the community and at conferences about the challenges experienced by people in pain in their daily lives as they experience common social barriers associated with chronic pain.


Mr Peter Gregory

Peter has been living with pain since age 3 when he suffered neck and lower back injuries in motor vehicle accident. A second accident in 1985 caused further whiplash injuries and Peter has been out of work on a disability pension since 2002. Before he left work, Peter was in the food industry, mainly in quality assurance and control, and also worked as a meat inspector for the WA Government Health Dept and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service. Peter has spent a long time searching for answers regarding his chronic pain and in 2006 he found relief when he was put in touch with the Fremantle Hospital Pain Clinic. Since then he has been self-managing his chronic pain with moderate success, using the STEPS program as a refresher, which he attended in 2010. STEPS has helped Peter to manage some other health issues.


Ms Rene Lolesio

Rene's interest in Chronic Pain come from her association with her aunt, who suffers Fibromyalgia. Rene was born in California USA and enjoys reading books, cooking and going out for walks. Rene has always worked in the accounting fields.


Ms Stella Fava
General Member

Stella's start in the workforce was origanlly in Merchant Banking, specialising in the Treasury Division Trading. Having spent over a decade in that field decided to retire from that business to raise a family. Later fullfilling a dream of working in the creative industry, went back to study to become a Graphic Designer/Web Developer which she is currently enjoying.


Ms Fiona Hodson
General Member

Fiona is a Pain Management Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Hunter Integrated Pain Service NSW, Australia who has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery. Presently she is a member on the Executive for the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), NSW Pain Management Network and working parties and President-Elect for the Australian Pain Society. Fiona’s passion is to advocate on behalf of people experiencing pain through her clinical representation on various committees and working parties. Fiona is the Chronic Pain Australia Board liaison delegate to Painaustralia.

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Ms Jo Turner
General Member

Jo is a professional media personality working in radio. She is an advocate for children living with chronic pain, being mum to her teenage son who has lived with pain all his life. She has developed expertise in managing a family member's medical team and the effect of chronic pain in every family member.

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