Phil Austin B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D.
Phil is an ex-serviceman who retrained as an osteopath and researcher who holds a PhD in pain medicine. Phils clinical interests include the treatment of computer and age-related musculoskeletal pain conditions and the effects of mood on the severity and duration of persistent pain.
Phil combines his clinical work with research where he is presently investigating the therapeutic effects of virtual reality on pain severity and clinical methods of predicting the extent and severity of pain in people with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and in people with spinal cord injuries. Phil is also a member of the Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council.
Phil graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1997. Following the completion of his degree Phil worked in New Zealand, UK and Sweden and is now permanently located in Sydney.
Phil began his postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, first gaining an M.Sc. in pain management and then a Ph.D. investigating the potential for multi-dimensional assessment of functional gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia. Phil works as a clinical tutor for the M.Sc in Clinical Management of Pain at the University of Sydney while also being involved in the research of treatment of pain in palliative care settings at Greenwich Hospital.
The University of Edinburgh: College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
- Doctor of Philosophy (Pain Medicine). Attended 2010 – 2015
- Masters of Science (Pain Management) Attended 2007- 2009
The University of Wales: European School of Osteopathy
- Bachelors of Science (Osteopathy) Attended 1993 - 1997
- Post Grad Diploma (Osteopathy) Attended 1999
- 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 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)
- Austin, P, Lovell, M, and Siddall, P. 2019. The Efficacy of Virtual Reality for Persistent Cancer Pain: A Call for Research. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
- Austin PD, Siddall PJ. Virtual reality for the treatment of neuropathic pain in people with spinal cord injuries: A scoping review. J Spinal Cord Med. 2019 Feb 1:1-11
- 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
- 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
- Austin P.D, McLeod R. 2016. Finding peace in clinical settings: A narrative review of concept and practice. Palliative and Supportive Care.
- 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)
- 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,
- 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,
- 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.
- 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.
- 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