The Bonica lecture has been a feature of the Australian Pain Society scientific meeting since 1984. John Bonica himself presented the first lecture, and generally the honour is bestowed on an Australian scientist/pain clinician.
Dr. Bonica’s vision was to provide an egalitarian, interdisciplinary, and international forum to improve knowledge about pain, improve the education of health-care providers, and improve the care of patients. Widely regarded as the Founding Father of Pain Medicine, his passion lead to the incorporation of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) in May 1974.
Nicholas_MIchaelThis years Bonica lecture, Integrated multidisciplinary pain management: How’s the evidence looking? is being presented by Professor Michael Nicholas who directs pain education and pain management programs at the Pain Management Research Institute. He maintains an active clinical role at the hospital alongside his extensive research and educational roles. He has an international reputation in this field with over 140 publications in scientific journals and books on psychological aspects of pain and multidisciplinary pain management.