Mechanisms and management of chronic primary headaches, central pain modulation physiology and visceral pain

  22 mei 2019 - 23 mei 2019
  09:00 - 17:30
  Aeroparc Gilze-Rijen
Docent:  Phil Austin BSc


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  Accreditatie wordt aangevraagd NRO

  Accreditatie wordt aangevraagd NOF

  Accreditatie wordt aangevraagd GNRPO

  Koffie/thee, lunch & syllabus

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Central pain mechanisms of chronic primary headaches and visceral pain conditions: applications of osteopathic treatment

In order to prepare for presentations on the mechanisms and treatment of chronic pain conditions, I will first present, review and discuss central nervous system mechanisms of chronic pain.

For second part of this two day course I will review and demonstrate the mechanisms and manual treatment of chronic primary headaches. This will include commonly presenting chronic tension headaches and migraines followed by the less common cluster and exertional headaches.

For the third part of this course I will present and review mechanisms of chronic visceral pain after which I will demonstrate osteopathic treatment shown to be beneficial for chr

onic visceral pain conditions.

DR Phil Austin

Academic Qualifications

  • 2015: Doctor of Philosophy (Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia): University of Edinburgh
  • 2009:         Masters of Science (Pain Management) University of Edinburgh.
  • 1997: Batchelor of Science (Osteopathy). European School of Osteopathy, University of Wales


Scholarships and Awards

  • 2018 The Russell Cole Award – Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (best grant application for work on effects of virtual reality on pain and brain function in spinal cord injury)
  • 2018 Best research poster prize: Australian & New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting for work developing a questionnaire measuring individual levels of central pain modulation
  • 2015     The Russell Cole Award – Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (best grant      application for work on assessment of endogenous pain modulation)


Summary of Appointments

  • 2017+ Honorary Tutor, University of Sydney
  • 2015+ Honorary Fellow, Victoria University
  • 2014+ Research fellow, HammondCare, Greenwich Hospital



  1. Austin PD. Chronic Pain: A Resource for Effective Manual Therapy. 1st ed. Edinburgh: Handspring Publishing; 2017. 244 p.


Refereed Journal articles

  1. Vaughan B, Mulcahy J, Fitzgerald K, Austin P. Evaluating Patient’s Understanding of Pain Neurophysiology: Rasch Analysis of the Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire. Clin J Pain. 2018 Sep
  2. ​Austin P.D, McLeod R, Siddall PJ, McSherry W, Egan R. 2017. Spiritual care training is needed for clinical and non-clinical staff to manage patients’ spiritual needs. Vol 7 Iss 1, P50-63
  3. Austin P.D, McLeod R. 2016. Finding peace in clinical settings: A narrative review of concept and practice. Palliative and Supportive Care.
  4. McCabe R, Murray RM, Austin P, Siddall P. 2017 Spiritual and existential factors predict pain relief in a pain management program with a meaning-based component. J Pain Manage.10(2) (in press)
  5. McLeod R, Crandell J, Wilson D, Austin P 2016. Death anxiety among New Zealanders: the predictive role of gender and marital status. Mental Health, Religion and Culture,
  6. Siddall PJ, McIndoe L, Austin PD, Wrigley PJ, 2016. The impact of pain on spiritual well-being in people with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord,
  7. Austin P.D, McLeod R, Siddall PJ, McSherry W, Egan R. 2016. The ability of hospital staff to recognise and meet patients’ spiritual needs: a pilot study.
  8. Austin, P.D, Henderson, S., Power, I., Jirwe, M. & Arlander, T. 2013. An international Delphi study to assess the need for multiaxial criteria in diagnosis and management of functional gastrointestinal disorders. J Psychosom Res, 75, 128-34.
  9. Austin, P. D. & Henderson, S. E. 2011. Biopsychosocial Assessment Criteria for Functional Chronic Visceral Pain: A Pilot Review of Concept and Practice. Pain Medicine, 12, 552-564
  10. Austin P.D, Henderson, S., Power, I., Jirwe M & Ålander T 2012. The Need for Multiaxial Assessment and the Importance of Psychosocial Factors in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: An Analysis of Worldwide Expert Opinion. American College of Gastroenterology ASM. Las Vegas: American College of Gastroenterology. Suppl S1-880


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