The members of the local organising committee are pleased to announce that the 17th International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care will be held 11th to 13th November 2021. For the first time, the Forum will be a global virtual conference. The program will run 8am to 1:30pm in three time zones (Eastern Standard Time, Central European Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time). These three time zones will allow us to cater to our colleagues in North and South America, Europe and Africa, and Asia, Australasia and Pacific.

The theme of Forum XVII, ‘Global’, refers to the global challenge of back and neck pain. Delegates are encouraged to explore new, original ideas that bring researchers, clinicians, policy makers and consumers from around the world together to reduce the global burden of back and neck pain.

Invited Speakers

Professor Sallie Pearson

Professor Sallie Pearson is a medicines policy expert, pharmacoepidemiologist and leading authority in the conduct of population-based research using routinely collected health data. She currently heads the Medicines Policy Research Unit, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. She is also the Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Medicines Intelligence that is accelerating real-world evidence development for medicines policy decision makers.

Understanding opioid use and harms using big data

Joletta Belton

Joletta is a former firefighter paramedic who became a pain patient advocate after her experiences living with ongoing pain. She is Co-chair of IASP’s Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy, which brings together people living with pain, pain advocates, scientists, and clinicians to advocate for and facilitate the integration of lived experience into the study, research, and treatment of pain. She is also the first Patient & Public Partnerships Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. She lives in Colorado and loves to spend time out in nature with her rescue mutt, Coco

What do we gain by integrating the lived experience of pain into research and practice

Professor Ian Harris

UNSW Medicine


Surgery for spinal pain: what is the evidence?

Professor Peter O’Sullivan

Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Curtin University

Associate Professor Beth Darnall

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (adult pain) & by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry & Psychology (adult)), Stanford University

Professor Babita Ghai

Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PIGMER), Chandigarh, India

And many more! See our Invited Speakers page for further details