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.

Pain Foundation Ltd acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.