Phil Austin

@ BSc (hons) Ost, MSc, PhD

Academic Qualifications

  • 2015: Doctor of Philosophy (Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia): University of Edinburgh
  • 2009:  Masters of Science (Pain Management) University of Edinburgh.
  • 1997: Batchelor of Science (Osteopathy). European School of Osteopathy, University of Wales

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2018 Best poster prize: Australian & New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Sydney)
  • 2015 The Russell Cole Award – Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (best grant application for work on assessment of endogenous pain modulation)

Summary of Appointments

  • 2017+ Honorary Tutor, University of Sydney
  • 2015+ Honorary Fellow, Victoria University
  • 2014+ Research fellow, HammondCare, Greenwich Hospital


Refereed Journal articles

  1. Egen R, Llewellyn R, Cox B, MacLeod R, McSherry W, Austin P. 2017. New Zealand Nurses’ Perceptions of Spirituality and Spiritual care: Qualitative Findings from a National Survey​. 8(5), 79
  2. ​ ​Austin PD, McLeod R, Siddall PJ, McSherry W, Egan R. 2017. Spiritual care training is needed for clinical and non-clinical staff to manage patients’ spiritual needs. Vol 7 Iss 1, P50-63
  3. Austin P, McLeod R. 2016. Finding peace in clinical settings: A narrative review of concept and practice. Palliative and Supportive Care.
  4. McCabe R, Murray RM, Austin P, Siddall P. 2017 Spiritual and existential factors predict pain relief in a pain management program with a meaning-based component. J Pain Manage.10(2) (in press)
  5. McLeod R, Crandell J, Wilson D, Austin P 2016. Death anxiety among New Zealanders: the predictive role of gender and marital status. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, Siddall PJ, McIndoe L, Austin PD, Wrigley PJ, 2016. The impact of pain on spiritual well-being in people with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord,
  6. Austin PD, McLeod R, Siddall PJ, McSherry W, Egan R. 2016. The ability of hospital staff to recognise and meet patients’ spiritual needs: a pilot study.
  7. Austin, P.D, Henderson, S., Power, I., Jirwe, M. & Arlander, T. 2013. An international Delphi study to assess the need for multiaxial criteria in diagnosis and management of functional gastrointestinal disorders. J Psychosom Res, 75, 128-34.
  8. Austin, P. D. & Henderson, S. E. 2011. Biopsychosocial Assessment Criteria for Functional Chronic Visceral Pain: A Pilot Review of Concept and Practice. Pain Medicine, 12, 552-564
  9. Austin PD, Henderson, S., Power, I., Jirwe M & Ålander T 2012. The Need for Multiaxial Assessment and the Importance of Psychosocial Factors in Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: An Analysis of Worldwide Expert Opinion. American College of Gastroenterology ASM. Las Vegas: American College of Gastroenterology. Suppl S1-880


  • 2013-2015 ANZCA: Pain modulation questionnaire development. Prof PJ Siddall
  • 2016-2017 Profield : Pain modulation questionnaire development. Prof PJ Siddall, Prof A Asghari
  • 2018-2020 HammondCare: Predictors of painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with colorectal cancer.Prof S Clarke, Prof P Glare, Prof M Lovell, Prof P Siddall
  • 2014-2016 Friends of Greenwich: Spiritual care in palliative medicine study Prof R MacLeod