Dr Safa Hamza
Specialist Pain Physician
MBCHB, MPainMed, DipMSM
FFPMANZCA, FAFRM(RACP), FRACGP
Dr Hamza is a Pain Specialist who has a special interest in Multidisciplinary Medicine and an integrative approach to the management of pain conditions. He has previously worked at the pain clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and continues to consult at the Barbara Walker Centre at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Dr Prem Chopra
MBBS MSc MP MD FRANZCP AFRACMA
Clinic: Bundoora, Boronia
Dr Prem Chopra graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1993 and completed postgraduate training at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. His subspecialty interests include: Chronic pain management, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Transcultural mental health, Refugee mental health, and Integrative medicine. He has been actively involved in teaching, research and has numerous scientific publications. He also consults at the Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and at Foundation House.
Mr Charles Ruddock
Principal Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist
B.A., Grad Dip(Psych), M.Psych(Coun)
Clinics: St Albans, Bundoora, Dandenong
Has spent 12 years working as a psychologist in hospital and private practice settings. This has included assessing and treating patients, managing and supervising multi-disciplinary teams, developing and delivering training and providing consultancy services. Has strong clinical skills in a range of areas with a particular interest in: chronic pain conditions, stress conditions, workplace injuries (physical and stress related), returning to work after a workplace injury (physical or stress related).
Mr Matthew Richards
B.Physio, PhD Candidate
Matthew has been working with our group for 9 years and is now the Team Leader of our Pain Management program at Bundoora. He is currently close to completing his PhD on treatment for back pain patients with complex psychosocial and neurophysiological barriers to recovery.
Derek Poupard is a registered psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of settings. He works with clients often following injuries on TAC and Work Cover, as well as those experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and pain management issues.
Derek's areas of expertise include: Pain management, PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, workplace issues and life skills.
Clinics: Bundoora, Hoppers Crossing
James Cunningham is a New Zealand trained physiotherapist from Auckland University Of Technology. He started his physiotherapy career after spending most of his life working in gyms, sports teams and health care clinics around the world.
Since then he has had experience in sports clinics, strength and conditioning, occupational health and multidisciplinary medical clinics throughout New Zealand and Australia. He has since followed a active and holistic approach to assessment and treatment throughout his career. During the past 3 years he has started to have a strong interest in persistent pain and management and so has started to build his career around it as he finds it rewarding to help those most effected.
His interests outside of physiotherapy are cycling, stand up paddle boarding, camping, bike polo, ultimate Frisbee and disc golf. As he treats a number of triathletes in the past, he himself is looking at getting into the sport to understand it better.