World leading experts in the science of

pain and performance 

Trusted by organisations including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Basketball Association (NBA), Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), Australian Football League (AFL), as well as elite teams like the Arsenal and Liverpool soccer squads and the Miami Heat basketball team, not to mention the entertainment troupe, Cirque du Soleil, the panel are highly experienced pain science practitioners and inspirational teachers.

Prof. Lorimer Moseley AO

Prof Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. 

Lorimer is Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. He has over 30 years clinical experience working with people in persistent pain, has authored hundreds of articles, multiple books and chapters and continues to present keynote lectures globally.

Dr. Darren Burgess

Darren is one of the best-known high performance coaches in football, former fitness coach for Liverpool FC and high performance manager for the Australian national team, the Socceroos

He has a PhD in sport science, a reputation as a hard driving fitness coach, and includes training camps in the heat of Dubai as part of his pre-season team preparation.

Dr. Ebonie Rio

 Ebonie is a Sports Physiotherapist at the Victorian Institute of Sport and The Australian Ballet and Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University.  Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, The Australian Open, The Australian Ballet, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Heart football club, Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney’s The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour) and she was awarded the Post-Graduate Scholarship at the AIS (2007).    


She has completed her Phd in tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, Ba. Phys (hons) and Ba. App Sci.  Her research has been awarded Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, ASICS SMA Best New Investigator 2004, 2013 & 2014 in Clinical Sports Medicine, best clinical science Pain Adelaide 2013, BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014 and the Professor Mollie Holman medal for the best thesis of the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015. 


Dr. John Baranoff

Dr John Baranoff is a psychologist with professional qualifications and expertise in Sport, Clinical and Health Psychology. His work integrates contemporary performance psychology, the psychology of sport injury rehabilitation and the psychology of pain. A former Performance Psychologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and a Mentor for Pain Revolution’s health professional development program, his clinical expertise includes

  • Performance anxiety and other anxiety related issues
  • Psychological preparation for benchmark events
  • Adjustment to injury, optimising rehabilitation through cognitive and behavioural principles and implementation
  • Optimising return to play through application of psychological strategies within biopsychosocial and bioplasticity frameworks
  • Using psychologic assessment and strategies to reduce pain, and reduce the impact of pain, in recreational, industrial and elite athletes
  • Psychological approaches integrating pain, performance and weight loss in recreational and industrial athletes

Prof. Mark Hutchinson

Mark is Professor of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.  Mark’s focus at ARC is on research into pain, performance,  human precision and the technologies that allow us to have greater control of that edge of human performance.


Mark works with the department of defence in Australia and the USA to understand the molecular mechanisms that underpin human performance.  Developing technologies, including wearables for real-time monitoring, that allow us to make predictions about performance and design interventions with the precision that allow us to achieve operation right at the edge of performance.  These technologies are critical for defence applications but also have critical implications for high-performance sports and elite performance – trials with footballers have already shown incredible results.


Mark is also President of Science and Technology Australia, the peak body in Australia that represents 90,000 scientists and he serves as a Ministerial appointment to the ARC CEO Advisory Council.


Leanne Rath, FACP

Leanne Rath (FACP) is a specialist sports and exercise physiotherapist practicing at Physiosports, Brighton, Melbourne Australia.  She is sought after as an educator and mentor to the profession. She is working in partnership with researchers at Victoria University who have experience in athlete mental health and wellbeing, as Clinical Investigator, exploring Pain and Performance in Life. She has held an Adjunct Fellow position at The University of Queensland (2016-2019) exploring the function of Adductor Magnus in gait and hip/groin rehabilitation exercises. In the clinic, along with a high case load of dancers, gymnasts, foot and hip/groin pain patients,  Leanne’s area of special interest includes persistent pain presentations in active patients spanning adolescence to the older athlete.  She provides second opinion management consultations for any long term sports injury or pain presentation which is not resolving. She is passionate about athlete-centred care and finding common ground in contemporary clinical and coaching approaches.

Since graduating from LaTrobe University in 1990, Leanne has worked with the Australian Ballet (2006-9), the Australian Institute of Sport (1995-2005), and many of Australia’s highest performing athletes as a Sports Physiotherapist to the Australian netball, gymnastics, women’s volleyball, and swimming teams. She was a member of the Australian medical team at the Olympic Games (Sydney 2000) and the Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002).

Twitter Handle: @RathLeanne

Email Address: [email protected]


Michael Henry PT

Michael Henry is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of South Australia, with a focus on concussion. He has almost 20 years of international clinical experience across a wide range of settings. Michael most recently spent 6 years as a head therapist with Cirque du Soleil, and prior to this was the physiotherapist for the Bangladesh national cricket team. He has worked in private practice and sports clinics in Australia, the UK, and Cayman Islands, and with individuals and teams in a range of sports. Other employment has included roles with police and military rehabilitation, and humanitarian work with Médecins du Monde in a capacity building role. Michael maintains strong interests in sports and performance, head injuries, research, humanitarian work, and the influence of culture in healthcare.

Luke Bongiorno DPT

Luke has extensive experience in the management of acute and chronic pain and  sports injuries and is affiliated in the clinical education programs of Columbia University and Touro College. Luke also treats professional and Olympic athletes as well as touring performing arts/dance company members. He currently serves as a consultant with the NBA League as well as European soccer professional teams.

Luke is the co-founder of NY Sports Medicine. He is currently involved in clinical research focused on injury management and is developing guidelines for injury prevention in sports medicine and in the workplace.

Assoc. Prof. Bronwen Ackermann

Associate Professor Bronwen Ackermann is a specialist musicians' physiotherapist, musculoskeletal anatomist and musicians' health researcher at the University of Sydney. Her interest in performing arts health grew as a result of working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1995, going on to work on improving occupational health as well as developing best-practice injury prevention and management strategies with all the major Australian Orchestras, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She received a Churchill fellowship in 2002 allowing her begin what is now 20 years of collaboration with international colleagues involved in both research and clinical work in the field of music medicine.