Dr Kathleen Cooke

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Area: Anaesthesia, Paediatric, Pain Medicine


  • 2007    FFPMANZCA  Fellowship Faculty Pain Medicine Australian and New Zealand   College of Anaesthetists, Australia 12/2007
  • 2006    FANZCA Fellowship Anaesthesia, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australia 9/2006
  • 1998    MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia 11/1998


  • Advanced training in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Seattle, USA
  • Advanced training in Pain Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane
  • Advanced training in Anaesthesia, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Gold  Coast Hospital, Toowoomba Hospital and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow

Current Positions

  • May 2010 to present    Senior Staff Specialist Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane (formerly Mater Children’s and Royal Children’s Hospitals)
  • December 2016 to present Director Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Brisbane
  • 2017 Scientific Convener, Annual Scientific Meeting ANZCA/ FPM Brisbane
  • 2010 – 2014 CME Co-coordinator, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Queensland
  • Director and Medical Lead, Support Kids in Pain, Australia’s first not for profit supporting kids and families suffering chronic pain.
  • Visiting Medical Officer in Anaesthesia, Mater Hospitals, Holy Spirit Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital.

Independent Expert Experience

  • Over 10 years and current experience as a pain medicine physician and anaesthetist with a special interest in paediatric and adolescent pain medicine.
  • Critical Incident Root Cause Analysis (Queensland Health)

Clinical Expertise

Chronic non-malignant painful conditions particularly relating to children and adolescents e.g. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), painful neuropathies, neuropathic pain, chronic headache, chronic abdominal pain and nerve entrapment syndromes using a combination of drug and interventional treatments.

Pain syndromes in which an individual’s pain is disproportionate to their physical condition by determining the contribution of physical (organic) and psychological (non-organic) components of their pain.

Multidisciplinary pain management teams of allied health professionals in pain management programs in which cognitive and behavioural therapy is used to assist individuals with pain better self-manage their condition.

Interventional pain management as it pertains to children and adolescents.

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