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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, in 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.


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
Secretary and Director, WA

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.

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Dr Chris Hayes
General Member

Chris Hayes has a background in anaesthesia before undertaking training as a pain medicine specialist. He works in Newcastle NSW and has been Director of Hunter Integrated Pain Service since its foundation in 1997. He is a current board member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine and is also medical co-chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation's Pain Network in NSW. His interests include a "whole person" approach to pain and the redesign of health systems to achieve greater integration between community and primary levels and the specialist sector. Outside of medicine he is an obsessional sea kayaker and a very bad singer.


Ms Fiona Hodson
General Member

Fiona Hodson is a Pain Management Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Hunter Integrated Pain Service NSW, Australia. Fiona has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery including inpatient, outpatient, procedural, research, aged care, community, health promotion, education, strategic planning, redesign and management. Fiona has developed strong links with the University of Newcastle, General Practice and the rural sector within Hunter New England Local Health Network (HNELHN) regarding Pain Management resources and practice. In 2010 Fiona was awarded the Judith Meppim Nursing and Midwifery Travel Scholarship and recently completed an international study tour of pain services in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. Her most recent role has been as a Pain Project officer involved in the development, coordination and implementation of an Integrated Persistent Pain Model (IPPM), which incorporates a lifespan approach to persistent pain management that is culturally sensitive includes prevention, assessment and management of complexity from the Primary to Tertiary sector for HNELHN. This work is now ongoing within HNELHN, known as SKECH: “Supporting Knowledge and Empowering Communities in Pain for the Hunter Project. Fiona continues to be actively involved in a number of nursing and pain related working parties that represent consumers, patients and clinicians in the pursuit of change which is evidenced based in the pain specialty. Presently she is a member on the Executive for the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), NSW Pain Management Network and working parties and was recently appointed to a Taskforce for Pain Management in NSW. Fiona is also currently a NSW Director for the Australian Pain Society. Fiona is the special Chronic Pain Australia Board liaison delegate to Painaustralia.

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Ms Mary Wing
General Member

Coming originally from a health background, Mary taught music (her second passion) for many years while her children were growing up because it meant she could work mostly from home and work her own hours. Eventually back problems prevented her from playing, so she could no longer teach. Mary has worked in a variety of health organisations in a voluntary capacity since then. She coordinated two diabetes screening and awareness projects with the Rotary Club of Stirling in SA in 2002 and 2005 for which she won an SA Great regional health award. Mary became incapacitated with chronic neuropathic pain following spinal surgery in 2004 and that led her to university to study chronic condition management from a self-management perspective. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Chronic Condition Management in 2011 and she has been facilitating Stanford Chronic Condition Self-Management groups since 2009. Mary has completed training to facilitate Stanford workshops online in the US. These courses also include workshops for the caregivers of war veterans whose ages range from their 20’s through to their 90’s. The Vets. have significant problems and the caregivers learn strategies to assist with their role.

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Ms Tracey Croke
General Member

Tracey Croke is a writer and journalist with Ankylosing Spondylitis and a chronic addiction to adventure. She says her life's ambition is to hug the person who put full suspension on mountain bikes. She cut her writing teeth in marketing at Guinness and they grew when she wrote for trade media in a freelance consultancy role. After studying journalism and media law at the London School of Journalism, Tracey has settled in Australia to write features about travel, adventure and lifestyle. You can find out more about Tracey at or follow her on twitter @traceycroke.


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.


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Ms Jo Turner
General Member


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Ms Wendy Nimmo
General Member


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Ms Kimberley Broughton
General Member