2023 FPM Spring Meeting

Join us in Adelaide this October for 2023 FPM Spring Meeting. We've got a lot to celebrate, from silver lining to silver anniversary!

The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) is turning 25 and is celebrating its silver anniversary at the Spring Meeting 2023 in Adelaide, South Australia with an exciting and stimulating program. Befitting the occasion, we will celebrate this special achievement with the anniversary dinner held at the Penfolds Winery, a South Australian Icon with a more than 175 year-long tradition.
When it was founded, FPM set out with a big agenda; bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of medical specialties and allied health practitioners to provide comprehensive training in pain medicine and ensure that patients receive the treatment and care they deserve. Not without controversy, from an initial idea to a vibrant faculty of over 400 fellows FPM has been a crucial force in the advancement of the field of pain medicine in Australia, New Zealand, and overseas.

It has been, and continues to be, a training body. It has set standards and defined terminology for the specialty, while providing a public voice on social issues relating to pain and its treatment. We will take the opportunity to look back at what we've achieved; celebrate the milestones; and look forward to what we want to become over the next 25 years, exploring the ways FPM remains relevant and pivotal in bringing together the best pain physicians; developing and advancing the field of pain medicine; and continuing to be an energising force in the field.
Come and join us in Adelaide for our silver anniversary!

Dr Irina Hollington and Dr Sharon Keripin
Co-convenors, 2023 FPM Spring Meeting

Location and venue

The 2023 FPM Spring meeting will be held at Pullman Adelaide,16 Hindmarsh Square, 5000 Adelaide.


Please click here to view the meeting program.

Invited speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to the 2023 FPM Spring Meeting.

We would like to thank the speakers and workshop facilitators who donate many hours of their time to organise, prepare and present at the meeting.



The meeting will include the following workshops. Please note, all workshops will be held onsite at the Pullman Adelaide.

SOT workshop
This annual afternoon workshop is aimed at FPM Supervisors of Training and Practice Development Stage Supervisors. Topics for discussion will include an update on the assessment review and discussion around the new ePortfolio.

Acute severe behaviour disturbance
Acute severe behavioural disturbance (ASBD) is an umbrella term referring to various conditions of medical emergency where a person behaves in a manner that may put themselves or others at risk. In this workshop we will address 3 scenarios that anaesthetist and pain physicians may potentially encounter: clinic, acute medical care and emergence delirium. We will use small videos to help emersion and hoping it contributes to a vivid group discussion!

Once upon a time...how to begin when you have a research idea
This interactive introductory level workshop is to assist those who have a research idea but don’t know where to begin. Through guided group activity participants will work through the important aspects that must be considered before embarking on a research project to assist participants to move from an “idea” to “action”. This will be followed with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues to better inform their research proposal.

Harmony Within: Enhancing Physician Wellbeing through Raja Yoga Meditation
The Brahma Kumaris is a charity organization with centres across the globe in 120 countries. Their primary mission is to facilitate personal transformation and promote world peace through the practice of Raja Yoga meditation. They offer meditation sessions and courses free of charge. If you would like to contribute, you can find more information and make a donation by visiting their website.

Ms Maureen Chen has been practising Raja Yoga meditation for 50 years. She is a “yogi”, an author of the book “Mystic at the Edge” and has taught Raja yoga across the globe. She is based in Victoria, where she serves as a Coordinator of Brahma Kumaris at Yarra Valley Living Centre.

In this session, sister Maureen shares her insights and takes us through a meditation practice to improve our connection with the “Self”, enhance self-compassion and improve clinician well-being.

Shark Tank...see if your research idea has bite
This interactive workshop is aimed at early to mid-career researchers to provide a platform to pitch and communicate their research proposal or protocol. Participants will receive constructive feedback and guidance from a panel of expert researchers and grant reviewers that can help guide and determine the next steps to undertake the research project.

ReActiv8 is a new neuromuscular control treatment option. Learn about muscle dysfunction phases, how to assess the right patient for this pathway and practical aspects of an emerging therapy that may shift the paradigm.

Pearls of pelvic pain
Susan Evans was a forerider for endometriosis management in Australia. Her current focus is on uterus brain axis and how this links with a range of seemingly unrelated conditions. Tonia Mezzini is a sexual health physician with a Masters in psychiatry- find out how talking about sex is so incredibly important when treating vulvodynia. Sonia Scharfbillig will focus on what the pelvic floor physiotherapy can add to your patient’s management.

Social program

There will be plenty of social activities during the meeting if you wish to attend.  

Welcome reception, Friday evening
The welcome reception will be held at Pullman Adelaide on level 15. Drink in panoramic views of the Adelaide Hills and beyond and enjoy a welcome drink with your colleagues after the first day's sessions. This function is included in your registration, however, please indicate your attendance at the time of registering.

Meeting dinner, Saturday evening
The Saturday evening dinner will take place at Penfolds Magill Estate. Pre-dinner drinks will take place at the cellar doors with picturesque views of the historic Penfolds vineyard and Adelaide city. Then a short walk down into the tunnels for an ultimate food and wine dining experience. Spaces are limited so book in early. The cost to attend the dinner is $220 per person. Please make sure you indicate your attendance at the time of registering.

Cost and registration

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations for this meeting have now closed. Please contact events@anzca.edu.au for any late registrations.

Registration will include welcome reception; all lunches, morning and afternoon teas. Tickets to the dinner and additional guest tickets for social functions can be purchased for your guests. 

All registration fees are quoted in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST. 

  • Full registration - $990
  • Trainees/Allied Health registration - $770
  • Retired registration - $286
  • All workshops - $55 each
  • Welcome reception (additional tickets) - $100
  • Meeting dinner - $220


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Pullman Adelaide. If you wish to book accommodation, please follow the below instructions:

  • To access your special rates please visit https://businesstravel.accor.com
  • In the 'Place' field select Pullman Adelaide
  • Enter your dates check in/out dates between 04/10/23 and 08/10/2023
  • Leave the 'loyalty or subscription number' field blank
  • In the 'Business client with contract' field, if blank, enter: SCP4244591
  • In the 'Access code' field, if blank, enter: FA478AU268
  • Click ‘Search’
  • Your special rates will appear on the rates screen

Alternatively, to make your booking over the phone, please call Reservations on +61 8 8206 8888 and simply provide the following codes:

  • Client code: SCP4244591
  • Access code: FA478AU268

Please note: No rooms are being held, all bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.

Code of conduct

ANZCA is committed to a respectful and safe environment for all interactions inclusive of its conferences and meetings.

The FPM Spring Meeting is governed by all relevant ANZCA policies in relation to professional behaviour and conduct, including in relation to bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

The FPM Spring Meeting is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. Sexual language and imagery or the use of personal photos without permission is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.

Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Respectful behaviour is expected at all times from all participants. Appropriate behaviour respects difference and diversity, respects privacy, and handles disagreement politely. Honesty and fair dealing is expected.

Obtaining consent to quote others, use presentations or take photographs is appropriate and shows the respect expected of participants of the FPM Spring Meeting.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to an events person or the meeting convenor.

Alternatively you can make a report via email here. All personal details will remain confidential, issues raised will be investigated and necessary action taken to prevent a recurrence.


We’re committed to reducing the environmental impact of the conference. We are incorporating a holistic approach that includes but is not restricted to, areas such as reducing written materials and reducing the use of plastics and nonbiodegradable materials.  

At the meeting, we will utilise digital signage where possible. If printed signage is required, we ensure it is printed on material that is or can be recycled.  

The conference name tags, bamboo lanyards including the metal fasteners, will be recycled.

We will work with the healthcare industry exhibitors and sponsors to reduce their environmental impact – including eliminating single use flyers, brochures and signage and recycling all packaging where possible and consider what they as a company are bringing into the venue. We also request they take all items and material back to their office.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Transitioning to the new 2023 CPD program
We recognise your continuing professional development (CPD) has needed to pivot in the past few years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Your resilience, innovation and dedication to professional development was clearly demonstrated with your ability to upskill to support your patients and yourselves. This innovation extends to the FPM Spring Meeting.
Updated 2023 CPD program
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) have changed their registration and recertification requirements. So that you continue to meet the updated requirements, the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will adapt from the start of 2023. Full details are available on our dedicated CPD page

Fellows and CPD participants that have transitioned to the new annual CPD program will note CPD values as ‘2023 CPD’ in the below program. This identifies the CPD category/sub-category, activity and hours, in line with the updated program.

For example, 2023 CPD: Knowledge and skills – short format learning – 1.5 hours.

Transitioning from the 2014 CPD program 
Given our unique triennial structure, the transition to the new annual CPD program has been staggered, with 2021-2023 and 2022-2024 trienniums in 2023 still under the 2014 CPD program in 2023.

Fellows and CPD participants are still in a triennium (2021-2023 and 2022-2024) will note CPD values as ‘2014 CPD’. This identifies the CPD category, activity and credits.

For example, 2014 CPD: Knowledge and skills – short format learning at two credits per hour.

Attendance in CPD portfolio by October 2023
Participants of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will automatically have their attendance auto populated to their CPD portfolio in October 2023.

ANZCA and FPM CPD participants with full registration will receive 12 hours/credits under the Knowledge and skills – learning sessions for the FPM Spring Meeting program. 

Not a participant of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program?
If you’re not participating in our CPD program, please check with your respective college/provider regarding your CPD classifications. Post-event, you may request an electronic certificate of attendance for CPD evidence from the ANZCA events team.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #painSM23.


If you would like to be involved in the FPM Spring Meeting, the HCI prospectus is available here.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    6 October - 8 October

  • Time


  • Location

    Pullman Adelaide, Adelaide

Last updated 11:42 2.10.2023