The Pain Foundation has been raising money to support research, education and advocacy since 1996. Our research priorities are detailed here. Education includes a supportive role in the online Masters and Diploma in Pain Management run by the staff of PMRI within the University of Sydney.  Education and advocacy includes support for Pain Australia a national organization which emerged from the National Pain Summit under the guidance of Professor Michael Cousins the founder of PMRI and Pain Foundation. 

Our funding comes from three main areas:

  • grants from philanthropic organisations
  • partnerships with organisations
  • individual bequests and donations


For news about the latest Pain Education Partnership initiative with TDM Growth Parnters, CLICK HERE

In recent years, fund-raising events have been supported or hosted by the following organisations:

  • Macquarie
  • Credit-Suisse
  • ANZ
  • Ernst & Young
  • Storage King
  • Resimac
  • Dimensional
  • ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation
  • NSW Doctors’ Orchestra


Partnerships have developed with several entities keen to sponsor research in particular fields of common interest.  These include:

  • TDM Growth Partners in conjuction with Hearts & Minds Investments
  • Motor Accident Authority
  • icare
  • Australia Post
  • NSW Ministry of Health, who has designated PMRI as the Lead Site for chronic pain research
  • Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Sydney, Level 2 Research Centre since 2011
  • ‘Neuroscience, Pain and Ageing’ Priority Research Area (‘PRA’) of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research (a joint venture of the University of Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health District)
  • Commonwealth Department of Health
  • EML who was an initial partner in our ‘WISE’ study – Workplace Injury Screening and Early Prevention Study
  • Avant Insurance, icare and NSW Office of Health & Medical Research – who sponsored the Opioid-Tapering Conference in November 2019
  • Small Animal Specialist Hospital (‘SASH’) – practitioner wellbeing study


We acknowledge the significant financial support from various private and family entities who have seen fit to contribute to a range of research and education projects in recent years.  These include:

  • Andrew McNaughtan Foundation (Scholarship, plus research)
  • G & P Nock Foundation (Scholarship and scientific equipment)
  • Kennard Family (scientific equipment, Neurobiology of Pain Lab)
  • Protrust Pty Ltd (neuromodulation study)
  • Salteri Family (opioid-tapering study, equipment for neuromodulation study)
  • Woodend Trust, administered by Perpetual Trustees 


Some benefactors choose to remain anonymous and we respect their wishes in this regard.

No donation is too small or too large!  We have a community of about 100 ‘Friends of Pain Research’ who regularly donate amounts that range from $20 to $5,000.  Tax-deductible receipts are issued promptly after funds are deposited.



We’re always in need of additional funding assistance

Clinic Administration Enquiries

Bernadette Foley
Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre
Royal North Shore Hospital,
Douglas Building
T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500
F: +61 (0)2 9463 1050


Shaan & Geoffrey Verco, Pain Foundation Ltd
c/- PMRC, Douglas Building
Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards NSW 2065
T: +61 (0)401 140 921

Pain Foundation Ltd (“PFL”) is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. Eligible tax deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR 1) status with the Australian Tax Office (ABN # 87 072 480 123).  PFL’s privacy policy may be found at THIS LINK.