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Coralie is a founding Director of Chronic Pain Australia. She has a PhD through Sydney University in Community and Behavoural health, for which she examined contextual and systemic influences on health professionals working with people in pain. She has undertaken a number of projects for NSW Health examining the usefulness of telehealth for people in rural Australia.  She is a member of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Consumer Council. Coralie works for NSW Health and resides in Sydney. She convenes National Pain Week on behalf of Chronic Pain Australia and provides continuing education for health professionals in the complex neurophysiology of chronic pain. She enjoys leading a great team at Chronic Pain Australia and continues to learn from the experiences of people living with chronic pain.


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Mr Daniel Kenny 
Vice President

Daniel is a PwC Director with twenty years’ project, program and operations management experience in the infrastructure, construction and Defence industries, including active service in the Royal Australian Navy. He has worked successfully with a variety of blue chip clients to deliver major infrastructure projects and provide project advice to meet client objectives. Daniel is married to Suzy and has two young sons, James and William. He is passionate about AFL and likes to keep active. Daniel joined the Chronic Pain Australia board to have a positive influence on the destigmatisation of chronic pain and to help Chronic Pain Australia to be a more effective voice for chronic pain sufferers.



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General member

Mandy lives with chronic pain and is based in Brisbane in Qld. Her PhD thesis explored the social context experienced by people living with pain. With a social work background, Mandy is currently employed as a research and project officer in Queensland Health. She has a deep interest in health literacy and chronic back pain, and has been involved in researching online information for people experiencing long term pain. Mandy has published work on the stigma of chronic pain and speaks regularly in the community and at conferences about the challenges experienced by people in pain in their daily lives as they experience common social barriers associated with chronic pain.


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General member

Peter has been living with pain since age three when he suffered neck and lower back injuries in motor vehicle accident. A second accident in 1985 caused further whiplash injuries and Peter has been out of work on a disability pension since 2002. Before he left work, Peter was in the food industry, mainly in quality assurance and control, and also worked as a meat inspector for the WA Government Health Dept and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service. Peter has spent a long time searching for answers regarding his chronic pain and in 2006 he found relief when he was put in touch with the Fremantle Hospital Pain Clinic. Since then he has been self-managing his chronic pain with moderate success, using the STEPS program as a refresher, which he attended in 2010. STEPS has helped Peter to manage some other health issues.


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Mr Jarrod McMaugh
General member

Jarrod is a pharmacist with 20 years experience working in Victoria and rural NSW. He has a particular interest in patient-centred care, ensuring that the needs of individuals are the focus of every instance of health care, and also the focus of policy in health care. This interest includes a determination to always improve the patient experience within the health care system, to improve the lives of people with a lived experience of chronic pain and chronic disease, to reduce stigma from health professionals and the media, and to educate health professionals on the importance of patient autonomy and dignity in making health decisions.


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Mr Phillip Ratcliffe

Phill is an experienced IT Executive who is passionate about implementing technology to align to business needs in order to drive business success. Phill thrives on developing and implementing strategies and plans which deliver highly effective, agile, innovative and practical business transformation. Phill has a number of family members who have to deal with Chronic Pain on a daily basis and therefore has first hand experience of the significant distress and upset that it can cause.


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General Member

Fiona is a Pain Management Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Hunter Integrated Pain Service NSW, Australia who has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery. Presently she is a member on the Executive for the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), NSW Pain Management Network and working parties and is the current President of the Australian Pain Society. Fiona’s passion is to advocate on behalf of people experiencing pain through her clinical representation on various committees and working parties. Fiona is the Chronic Pain Australia Board liaison delegate to Painaustralia.


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General Member

I was born in the UK in London. I trained as a physiotherapist in Birmingham and qualified in 1985. I spent some years in far North Queensland in Port Douglas and Mossman Area treating both Indigenous people and film stars in private practice and Queensland Health. My physiotherapy career has enabled me to assist people in pain to be empowered and I continue to marvel about the complexities of the human body and mind. 

My current physiotherapy role at Nepean Hospital enables me to combine my passion working with people with chronic pain and with the elderly population. I am privileged to partner with those struggling to live with chronic pain in my role on the board of Chronic Pain Australia.


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Dr Mark Whitty 
National Secretary

Mark studied medicine at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He relocated to Newcastle to commence his General Practice training and became a Fellow of the RACGP in 2015. He has spent the last decade as a Medical Officer in the Australian Defence Force, and subsequently has a special interest in Sports Medicine, Underwater (Diving) and Hyperbaric Medicine. Mark is a qualified Designated Aviation Medical Examiner and is also completing his Masters of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) through the University of Sydney. Mark enjoys all aspects of general practice.

In his spare time he enjoys distance running, all sports (particularly AFL) and spending time with his family.