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.
Dr Ekeuda Uchenna Ben Nwankwo
MBBS, MPHlth, MOcc&EnvHlth, PGradDipEmergMed, PGradDipChHlth, PGradCert.Derm, PGradCertEM. M.R.O
Clinics: Dandenong, Bundoora, Bundoora
Dr Uchenna is a Specialist General Practitioner with Post Graduate Studies in Pain Medicine; Occupational Medicine; Public Health; Rural & Remote Health; Emergency Medicine & Trauma.
He trained with both rural, metropolitan hospitals and health centres as well as big co-operate bodies in mining, ambulance services, oil and gas. He has wealth of experience in acute and chronic injury management, wellness program, return to work fitness assessment.
He has special interest in multi-disciplinary medicine and integrated approach to pain management for Occupational injuries in Workcover and T.A.C.
BA, PhD, DPsychSc
Seán is a registered clinical psychologist and has a special interest in psychological aspects of health. He completed a PhD in the neuropsychology of multiple sclerosis and then completed a doctorate in clinical psychology, both at University College Dublin. Seán also works as a clinical psychologist at the Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management, at St Vincent’s Hospital, and also as lecturer and researcher at the Australian Catholic University. Seán adopts a person-centred approach with his clients, and predominantly uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
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).
BAppSc(Psych), MPsych, DPsych, MAPS
Clinic: Bundoora, St Albans
David is a Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing since 2007. He has wide experience working in many different psychological settings including hospitals, community settings, corporate psychological organisations and general as well as clinical private practices. David has experience setting up and managing mental health and health related programs in Melbourne and Sydney and consequently is experienced working with individuals with a wide range of psychological presentations. He uses evidence based approaches to psychological treatment and is trained in CBT, ACT, Schema and DBT related therapies.
David has completed numerous university degrees including a Bachelor of Teaching, a Masters in Psychology (Counselling) and a Doctorate in Psychology (Clinical). David has completed 3 post graduate theses investigating different topics including personality traits and drug/alcohol motivation. David’s doctoral thesis focused on the complex relationships between various psychosocial variables and their association with chronic pain.
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.
Clinics: St Albans, Bundoora
Nathan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010 and commenced working in private practices in the Northern and Western suburbs of Melbourne, treating a range of acute and persistent injuries across all demographics. Following this Nathan moved into Occupational Rehabilitation where he helped injured workers to achieve their optimal functional and work capacity.
Nathan joined the multidisciplinary team in July 2018 and practices at the Bundoora and St Albans locations. Nathan has a passion for persistent pain rehabilitation and holistic patient care, and is a keen reader of up-to-date current evidence-based practice and research. Nathan believes in Physiotherapy being education-based first and foremost.
Nathan is also a keen sports lover, runner and member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
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.