Guest: Professor Peter O’Sullivan
Presenter: Tabetha Moreto
Guest Bio: Peter is a Professor at Curtin University, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Western Australia and works part time as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Bodylogic physiotherapy. He and his team conduct clinical research investigating the life course, the underlying mechanisms and targeted management of persistent and disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders. With his team he has developed an integrated person centred management approach for disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders called ‘cognitive functional therapy’. He has published over 200 papers and numerous book chapters with his team in international peer review journals, has been an invited speaker at more than 90 National and International conferences and has run clinical workshops in over 24 countries. Peter’s passion is translating research into clinical practice.
Segment overview: About 20-30% of the Australian adult population suffer chronic low back pain to a degree of disability. In this segment, we are joined by Professor Peter O’Sullivan to discuss chronic low back pain – its causes, misconceptions, and treatment. Peter also talks about National Pain Week and how this event can help the society to understand and manage chronic pain.