The New Zealand Pain Society is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).The IASP was founded in 1973. It is the world’s largest multidisciplinary organisation that is focussed specificall...
The IASP was founded in 1973. It is the world’s largest multidisciplinary organisation that is focussed specifically on pain research and treatment.
IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers, and policy makers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide. The IASP currently has more than 6500 members worldwide and the NZPS is the New Zealand Chapter of this organisation.
The Purposes of the New Zealand Pain Society are exclusively educational, scientific and charitable in nature:
Read the NZPS Constitution here.
History of the NZPS
The New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) was born out of the efforts of a passionate and committed group of New Zealand clinicians.
1978 – The Australasian Pain Society held their first conference at La Trobe University and Royal Southern Memorial Hospital, on the 1st December, 1978. Following this Meeting it was decided to form the NZPS as a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
1983 – On the 16th April 1983, 60 members attended the first meeting of the NZPS, in Wellington. Not long after this, in July, the NZPS became a chapter of the IASP.
1984- The first meeting of the NZPS chapter of the IASP occurred on the 3rd September, in Seattle
Today the NZPS has approximately 700 members from a variety of specialities including:
The NZPS promotes education, training, research and development in all areas of pain.
If you are a health professional interested in the management of pain, find out more about the benefits of membership.