Professor Michael J. Cousins 

MD DSc FANZCA FFPMANZCA FAChPM(RACP) FAICD

Professor Michael Cousins has worked in the field of persistent pain for over 40 years as a clinician, researcher, educator, administrator and community advocate. He developed two major multidisciplinary pain centres; one at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide and the second at Royal North Shore Hospital, the Pain Management and Research Centre (PMRC).

He is the author of over 350 peer reviewed publications as well as three books. He served as the Founding President of the Australian Pain Society and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. He was a long serving councillor of the International Association for the Study of Pain and served as its President from 1987 to 1990. He has also served as President of the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Chair of the Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC). He was also a Councillor of the Australian Medical Council.

Professor Cousins was chair of the Executive Committee for the Australian National Pain Strategy. He is currently a director of Painaustralia, a network of healthcare, consumer and other organisations formed to facilitate the implementation of the National Pain Strategy.

In August 2010, Professor Cousins chaired the first International Pain Summit in conjunction with the World Congress on Pain in Montreal, Canada.  An important outcome of this Summit was the “Declaration of Montreal” which called for “Access to Pain Management as a Fundamental Human Right”.