LESTER JONES

BBSC, BAPPSC(PHYSIO), GRADDIP(BSHC), MSCMED(PM), PGCERTT&L(HE)

Lester Jones is a physiotherapist with a wealth of experience, spanning 25 years in the world of pain medicine. As well as clinical practice, he also has 15 years of experience designing and delivering curriculum for physiotherapy training programs.

Using his extensive experience he supports patients to understand their pain and helps them to move effectively and efficiently. By helping patients engage in exercises, or other healthful activities, he helps them to ensure that the effects of not moving - weakness and stiffness - do not interfere with the things they want to do.

Lester has completed comprehensive training. As well as his physiotherapy qualification, he has a degree and postgraduate diploma in behavioural sciences and promotes psychologically-informed clinical practice. In 1999, he became the first physiotherapist to graduate with a Master’s degree of Science in Medicine (Pain Management), from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Medicine. He is also a qualified educator completing a postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning (Higher Education) when he was working in London, UK.

He has worked in a range of clinical settings, including interdisciplinary settings, with an emphasis on assessment and treatment of complex pain. In the late 1990s, he was part of the groundbreaking team under Professors Michael Cousins and Michael Nicholas involved in delivering high quality pain services at the University of Sydney's Pain Management and Research Centre (now Institute) based at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. More recently he has been involved with the interdisciplinary pain team at EmpoweRehab, Melbourne.

Lester’s scholarly activities have been devoted to translation into clinical practice and his current research involves integrating current pain science into health care management of the human pain experience. He is a co-author of the Pain and Movement Reasoning Model that has been adapted and adopted to assist health practitioners assess pain in a range of settings including pain associated with the musculoskeletal system, the pelvic region, with breastfeeding and in people who have survived torture or other traumatic experiences.

He is an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), and currently is the Chair of the National Pain Network and the APA’s representative to Pain Australia.

 
It’s never too late to change your life.
— Lester Jones

"Pain is a complex human experience and it is important to me to be involved in clinical practice that deals with this complexity from the outset – and not wait until it is causing excessive suffering. When people are suffering it is also important to be part of the solution by working with them to find the best outcome."