There are many causes of pain and many different ways of fighting it. Some of our patients are helped with medications, others with injections and still others with advanced interventional techniques. Most people suffering with pain also benefit from a dose of good old-fashioned understanding.
There may not be a quick or obvious solution to the distress your pain is causing you. Although we help many people, it’s important to find pain relief strategies that work for you, so you can start to get your life back.
Frankston Pain Management has been established for over 20 years. The way we fight pain is constantly advancing as scientific research reveals new and more effective methods of pain management.
Many factors can affect your perception of pain — things such as whether you’re sleeping OK, the stress you’re under, the amount of social support you’re getting, your capacity for exercise, your job, your state of mind — and the things you’ve already tried.
At FPMx clinic, you’ll have a range of professionals working to help you.
Murray practices in the field of pain management offering effective and practical solutions to acute and chronic pain. He is the lead author of a number of research projects and trained, lectured and demonstrated a range of pain management techniques in Australia and Asia. He is an interventional pain specialist using advanced techniques such as nerve and joint blocks, epidural injections, radiofrequency treatment, spinal cord stimulation, spinal drug pumps and other advanced techniques combined with a multidisciplinary practitioner approach.
Dr Murray Taverner, is a qualified medical practitioner currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency. Dr Taverner has been in practice as an anaesthetist and pain medicine specialist at Frankston Hospital and in private practice since 1991 and a full time Pain Medicine specialist since 1998. Dr Taverner is a visiting medical officer in the Peninsula Integrated Pain Service at Frankston Hospital, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Perioperative Medicine at Monash University since 2002. He is a founding member and director of Neuromodulation Society Australia and New Zealand. He was elected to the Faculty of Pain Medicine Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia as a board member in 2020.
Murray completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Batchelor Surgery at Monash University. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetics (London) and Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia. He has a Graduate Diploma Medicine - Pain Management (Sydney University) and is a fellow of the Faculty Pain Medicine Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia and Fellow of lnterventional Pain Practice through the world Institute of Pain.
Murray's mission is to provide the highest standards of comprehensive pain management to maximise function, while minimising pain and suffering. His areas of expertise include managing back pain, neuropathic pain, radicular pain and sciatica, neck, shoulder and arm pain, facial pains/headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, male and female pelvic pain, post-surgical pain syndromes and refractory cancer pain.
Murray uses a multidisciplinary approach using techniques such as pain management education, medication review and adjustment, intensive rehabilitation programs, psychological strategies together with interventional treatments such as nerve blocks, epidural and transforaminal injections, diagnostic and therapeutic infusions, radiofrequency treatment, percutaneous intradiscal therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and advanced pain treatments such as spinal cord stimulators, drug pumps and other advanced techniques.
MbChB, FANZCA, FHKCA (Pain Medicine), FHKCA (Anaesthesia), FHKAM
Dr WingSang (Vincent) Chan is a pain medicine specialist with over 20 years of experience. He has held several senior positions internationally including Director of Pain Management Service and consultant Anaesthesiologist and Pain Physician in Hong Kong.
He is highly regarded as a researcher and is the author of original articles in peers review Journals, his commitment to the pain speciality has positioned him as examiner for international Fellowship of Pain Medicine, Fellowship of Anaesthesia and Master of Medicine (Anesthesiology).
Dr Chan is known for his calm nature and personalised approach, he enjoys meditation practice, spiritual development and all forms of physical exercise
Cantonese and Mandarin
MBBS, DNB ANAESTHESIA, FFPMANZCA
Dr Gupta is an Australian trained Specialist Pain Medicine Physician who obtained her Faculty Pain Medicine ANZCA fellowship in 2020 . She has worked at Nepean Hospital in Sydney and Canberra Hospital, ACT, where she gained experienced in both interventional and non-interventional pain management.
Prior to her Pain Medicine training, Dr Gupta completed her specialist anaesthetic training in Delhi, India. She has 10 years of experience as an anaesthetist in the public and private sector managing perioperative pain.
She believes in evidence based, comprehensive multidisciplinary care for chronic pain patients. Dr Gupta uses diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within this multidisciplinary approach.
MBBS, MD, PDCC, ECFMG, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA
Dr Jigna Hapani is an Australian trained specialist pain medicine physician who obtained her Fellowship Faculty Pain Medicine ANZCA in October 2020. Dr Hapani has worked as a pain fellow at Canberra Hospital, Peter MacCallum Centre and Melbourne Pain Group and as a pain medicine consultant at Metro Pain Group where she gained experience in outpatient, inpatient and interventional pain management.
Prior to her pain medicine training, Dr Hapani completed cardiac anaesthetic training in India and worked as a specialist anaesthetist in India and Oman before coming to Australia in 2008. She has been a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetist since 2011 and was the supervisor of anaesthetic training in Dubbo NSW. She has worked as an anaesthetist in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
She believes that a whole of person care approach delivers the best outcomes for patients. Dr Hapani uses evidence based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to guide multidisciplinary assessment and treatment with the aim of maximizing physical and psychological function, while minimizing pain and unhelpful medications.
Hindi and Gujarati
BSc, MBBS, DCH, FRACGP, Clin. Dip. Pall. Med. FFPMANZCA
Dr Emily Rickman is Specialist Pain Medicine Physician who obtained Fellowship in the Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA, in July 2023. Dr Rickman trained as a pain fellow through Alfred Health and Austin Health. She has experience across a broad range of pain conditions, including acute, chronic and cancer pain presentations.
Prior to her pain medicine training, Dr Rickman was working as a general practitioner locally, with a focus on geriatric medicine and palliative medicine.
Dr Rickman is passionate about finding ways to simplify and improve living with a chronic pain condition. She has a warm communication style and will support you to optimise your self-management. Her multidisciplinary approach includes physical, psychological, pharmacological and interventional techniques.
MBBS, FHKCA, FANZCA, FHKCA(Pain Med), Dip Pain Mgt(HKCA), FHKAM, FIPP
Dr Ng is a fellow in both anaesthesiology and pain medicine. He attained his fellowship qualifications in both Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiology (HKCA) and Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). He further subspecialised in pain medicine, especially pain intervention, and attained his pain medicine fellowship and Fellow in Interventional Pain Practice(FIPP) from the World Institute of Pain in 2015 and 2019 respectively. In 2015, Dr Ng was awarded the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) Distinguished Young Fellow in Anaesthesiology.
Before migrating to Australia from Hong Kong, Dr Ng worked as the Pain Director, Pain Management Unit, Department of Anaesthesia and Operating Theatre Services, Tuen Mun Hospital in Hong Kong.
Currently he consults at Frankston Pain Management. He see patients at Beleura Private Hospital and Peninsula Private Hospital. He also consults at Tuen Mun Hospital in Hong Kong.
Dr Ng’s clinical expertise includes acute pain medicine, various chronic non-cancer pain management, chronic cancer pain and interdisciplinary pain management and interventional pain management. He has a keen interest in interventional treatment especially regenerative medicine including hydrodissection, joint denervation and neuromodulation. He also does anaesthetics.
At Frankston Pain Management, you, the patient, are an integral part of your treatment. We aim to empower you with knowledge and skills. Learn how physical activity, good mental health and positive lifestyle choices can give you the edge over your pain.
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