2016 APMA Committee of Management

[Back row L to R]: Eric Wilson (Secretary), Kirsty Glen, Desley Roberts (former Committee member), Emma Andrews (former Treasurer);

[Front row] Paul Murdoch (Vice-President), Annette Rijnbout;

[Absent] Janet Caffin (President), Lyn Long (Treasurer), Michael Bates, Karen Martin.

President: Janet Caffin 

Janet has completed a Masters in Business Administration at the Queensland University of Technology, a Masters in Science at Janet Caffinthe University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Science at the University of New South Wales.  Beyond this she has extensive professional experience in different areas of the health system, including clinical research, policy innovation and service delivery in both university and non-government sectors. Janet also has experience in sales, product development, medical diagnostics marketing, health care startups, business development, IP management and licensing, and R&D project management.

She has contributed to a number of board and management committees with for profit and not for profit organisations. More recently, she participated in the Persistent Pain Project 2015 Steering Committee to review Queensland’s Persistent Pain Service. Following her involvement in this committee and others, Janet has solidified relationships with senior clinicians and members of Queensland Health multidisciplinary teams working in major public hospitals state wide.

In addition to her leadership role as APMA President, Janet also volunteers as a Court Networker where she assists in providing non-legal support, information and services to court users.

Vice-President: Paul Murdoch 

Paul is a senior executive employed in the Australian Public Service, who is responsible for managing the secretariat of an independent statutory authority with aPaul Murdoch budget of several million dollars. In that role he is responsible for inter-agency liaison and relationships, and deals with Ministers, Parliament, the Ombudsman and a wide range of stakeholders. Paul has had extensive leadership and management experience in a range of roles. He is a Director on the Board of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia Ltd., the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul was a consumer representative on the review of the Working Together Guide produced jointly by Medicines Australia and the Consumers Health Forum, and is currently a consumer representative on the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network and the Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries Policy Advisory Group.

He has teaching/training qualifications and experience, has published and presented academically and had 15 years experience as a union official. For more than 12 years he has held a statutory appointment as a community representative on Queensland's Health Practitioners Tribunal and various health professional conduct review panels.

Treasurer: Lyn Long 

Lyn is a professional Accountant with a Master of Commerce (Management), based in Sydney. Initially working in public practiceLyn Long specialising in personal and company taxation and auditing, Lyn later established and operated her own business providing consulting services to small to medium businesses across a wide range of areas. Lyn spent several years in executive positions in the Group Training sector and most recently has spent 11 years as a senior executive in the Primary Health sector. Lyn has specialised in developing and transitioning small businesses into large successful companies operating with multi-million dollar budgets in the not for profit sector. She has extensive experience in financial management, risk management, human resources and strategic management in the business sector.

Lyn’s passion throughout her career has been and continues to be to ensure that business strategy and service delivery aligns with the interest and needs of the community within which the business operates. Lyn is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Secretary: Eric Wilson

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Michael Bates 

Michael is a Melbourne-based lawyer who operates his own law practice, specialising in superannuation and insurance claims. He has worked with various Michael Batescharities and not for profit organisations throughout his legal career. As a Plaintiff lawyer over several years he has acted for many people who have been unable to work due to disability and who have required guidance through a difficult time with their insurance company - including many people who have been unable to work because of a chronic pain condition. It is a condition that is often maligned by insurers when compared with other more mainstream disabilities like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. Michael is keen to assist APMA and wants to further grow the organisation as well as educate people about chronic pain.

Michael was involved in drawing up the Constitution of COPE - the Centre of Perinatal Excellence - and was responsible for obtaining its charity status. Michael is happily married with a young family, is a member (and keen supporter) of the Hawthorn Football Club as well as a follower of a wide range of sports.

Kirsty Glen

Kirsty has been an active volunteer with APMA for 4 years, and joined the Committee of Management in 2015. She is the founder and co-facilitator of SNAP (Saturday New KIrstyGlenapproaches to Pain), APMA's pain support group for those in Brisbane under 35 years of age. Kirsty also presented on a panel at the 2014 Fifty Shades of Pain conference entitled "Meeting expectations: Looking at the disparity between what people want from pain management and what clinicians offer".

Kirsty is now a Rehabilitation Counsellor in the field of injury management. Kirsty conducts case management for clients, many of whom live with persistent pain, assisting them remain in their current roles where appropriate or identify suitable occupations and secure appropriate work. Kirsty retrained after developing chronic pain, having previously worked as an Advocate with the Finance Sector Union and QADA, a not-for profit organisation representing clients receiving aged care and disability services.

Kirsty's qualifications include a Master of Human Services (Rehabilitation Counselling), a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Social Inquiry) / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Spanish), a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety. Kirsty is also a trained Leader of The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

Karen Martin 

Karen is currently CEO of a small not for profit organisation working to raise awareness and community conversations around future and end of life planning. SheKaren Martin has over 17 years of experience working in the community services sector primarily around aged and disability services. As Director of Retirement Villages, Residential Admissions and Marketing for a large faith based care provider she was also involved with strategic asset development and consumer insights.

In her early 30’s and as a single mother of three, Karen was diagnosed with Cancer. This experience and its enduring legacies compounded previous long term pain management issues. As a result she is particularly interested in the long term management of individuals post diagnosis and like many has been frustrated with the lack of information and support currently available to people living with both acute and chronic pain.

Karen, among other qualifications, has recently completed a Diploma of Dementia Care and is in her final year of both a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Graduate Certificate of Gerontology.

Annette Rijnbout 

Annette co-founded the Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (APMA) in 2009 as a national consumer health promotion Annette Rcharity for individuals with persistent pain and their families. She is a retired nurse who has worked in NSW, Victoria and Queensland across the hospital and community sectors in both general and psychiatric care. Further training undertaken and certificates gained with Queensland Health and Community Health Services included Senior First Aide Certificate, Palliative and Pastoral Care, Certificate IV in Mental Health Work (non-clinical), Infection Control 1 & 2 & 3, BPS Back Care, Manual Handling, Orientation to Mental Health - Grief and Loss, Difficult Clients, Falls Prevention, Community Dementia Care and Abuse & Neglect.

Along with a wide range of other responsibilities and roles, Annette has facilitated several APMA Pain Support Groups in Brisbane since their establishment in 2010 and been heavily involved as a Pain Link Guide.

Eric Wilson

Eric has been involved with a range of courses as a tutor and guest lecturer for ten years in the university sector. He also works as a specialist teacher with Eric WilsonEducation Queensland half-time, teaching LOTE (French) as well as Health and Physical Education.

Eric has completed a Masters in Primary Teaching, a Masters in Criminology, and a Graduate Certificate in Crime and Violence Prevention from Griffith University, as well as having a Diploma in Police Foundations from Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with an Option in Legal Studies and Criminology from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate II in Security Operations/Close Personal Protection and recently co-authored a chapter on Situational Crime Prevention in Prenzler’s (2014) Professional Practice in Crime Prevention and Security Management.

Eric has worked as a research consultant, with experience working in both the Canadian and Australian legal systems. He has been associated with the security industry in both Canada and Australia - working initially as a security officer and subsequently as a consultant for the past 15 years.

Eric has been involved with an APMA Pain Support Group on Brisbane’s southside for several years, and is also on the Board of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Group for Queensland. He hopes to help APMA extend its education and online forums for individuals living with chronic pain.

Chief Executive Officer: Elizabeth Carrigan 

Elizabeth Carrigan co-founded the Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (APMA) in 2009 as a national consumer health promotion charity for Lil Carriganindividuals with persistent pain and their families. Elizabeth is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Equal Opportunity Administration, and is a trained Leader of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. She also holds positions as a Director on the Board of Painaustralia Ltd, the national coordinating body working to prevent and manage pain and as a member of the Management Committee of Self Help Queensland.

She is the Australian representative on the International Patient Panel for the International Association for the Study of Pain's Education Special Interest Group to which she brings her extensive experience in the education field.

She played a major role in ensuring the success of the Australian pain and palliative care conference, 50 Shades of Pain held from 3-5 December 2014, using her project management skills and experience.

Elizabeth is passionate about bringing about active patient engagement in pain health care as well as embedding adult learning principles and practice into pain management programs so that patients are able to exit the programs with the skills needed to best manage their ongoing chronic pain.





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