Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
MB ChB MRCP FANZCA FFPMANZCA
A/Prof Charles Brooker is an Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist and consults at the Northern Pain Centre (Northern Pain Centre). He specialises in minimally invasive intervention technologies as a component of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of persistent pain with the goal of relieving pain and improving function and quality of life.
A/Prof Brooker has over 20 years of experience in Interventional Pain Medicine. He is head of the Department of Pain Management at Royal North Shore Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney. He is a specialist in the use of spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency procedures in the treatment of a comprehensive range of pain conditions including:
Pain after spine surgery
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Interventional Pain Medicine is a new and rapidly developing field and A/Prof Brooker is committed to offering patients the most up to date evidence-based treatment. He is actively involved in education and clinical research and implanted the first patient in the world with the new Saluda spinal cord stimulator.
As well as being of the examination committee of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPMANZCA) he is also an active member of The International Association for the Study of Pain, the Australian Pain Society and the International Neuromodulation Society.
A/Prof Brooker has specialist qualifications in both Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia. He completed his medical degrees and internship in the United Kingdom before undertaking postgraduate anaesthesia training in Australia, obtaining Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 1998. He underwent subspecialty training in Pain Medicine and completed a comprehensive Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist Fellowship at Royal North Shore Hospital Pain Management and Research Centre and was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine in 2000.