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Dr Paul Licina

Dr Paul Licina is a spinal surgeon based at the Brisbane Private Hospital on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. He qualified as an orthopaedic surgeon in Queensland and then undertook further spinal training under world-renowned spinal surgeon John Webb in Nottingham, England.

Although his primary interest is degenerative spinal conditions, in particular back pain, he treats all conditions of the spine.

Despite his busy private practice, he devotes considerable time to research and education. He helped establish the AO Spine Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and oversaw its incorporation into the QUT Orthopaedic and Trauma Research Group, and has been granted the title of Adjunct Professor by the QUT. More recently he has established the Brisbane Private Hospital Spine Research Group.

He has travelled extensively both nationally and internationally as faculty for various spine courses and conferences. He has published a number of papers, and was involved in ground-breaking research involving spinal cord injury, being part of the team that performed the world's first transplant of specialized olfactory cells into the spinal cord of a paralysed patient in an attempt to develop a technique to promote spinal cord recovery. His current research interests involve computer-assisted image-guided surgery and less invasive spinal surgery including bone graft alternatives.

He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys travel, cars, fine wine and food and has a keen interest in coffee, having set up the Blue Sky Coffee roastery.

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Dr Brendan Moore

Associate Professor Brendan Moore is a Specialist pain medicine physician who has worked in private practice in central Brisbane for over 10 years.

As part of the SpinePlus team, Dr Moore assists patients who suffer from persistent pain, providing comprehensive, individualised care. As a pain medicine specialist physician, Dr Moore has a holistic approach to pain management assessing the role of pain related medication, physical therapies, psychological advice and interventional spinal therapies where appropriate including epidural corticosteroid injections, nerve and joint injections and radio-frequency neurotomy ablations.

Dr Moore is a QLD medical graduate whose specialist medical training included three years of advanced study in Ireland.

Dr Moore is the immediate past Dean to the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, having been on the Board for the faculty since 2005. He has had extensive input into Faculty policy development in areas of Specialist training and Training Unit Accreditation.

Dr Moore has an appointment as an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Centre for Integrated Preclinical drug development.

He continues an active interest in research and education including significant contribution to initiatives in primary care medical education in the field of Pain Medicine.

Dr Adrian Nowitzke

Dr Adrian Nowitzke has over 10 years of experience in the specialist area of spinal disorders. He was the Director of Neurosurgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital for a number of years, during which he was extensively involved in research. Dr Nowitzke was a lead investigator in a world first trial of stem cell implantation for chronic spinal cord injury and was instrumental in the introduction of minimally invasive and image guided techniques to spinal surgery in Australia.

Dr Nowitzke has contributed significantly to education within his field of Neurosurgery. He has authored numerous articles in international surgical journals and lectured at conferences in several countries. He is an Honorary Professor of the School of Health Sciences and an Adjunct Professor of the School of Business at Griffith University. He was most recently recognised for service to his profession and community when awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University.

Dr Nowitzke has also developed a career in Health Systems Design and Executive Management. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast Health Service District and is now a part-time advisor to the health practice of the internationally acclaimed consultancy firm, McKinsay & Company.

Dr Nowitzke was previously the Treasurer of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasian and is currently the Neurosurgery representative on the governing council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

As part of the SpinePlus team, Dr Nowitzke’s assesses patient with non-surgical spinal conditions. His role involves educating patients about their condition and offering advice regarding further treatment and management of the condition.

Dr Angus Forbes

Dr Angus Forbes is a Specialist Occupational Physician. He has greater than 15 years experience in the field of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He started his medical career with the British Army where he initially qualified as a General Practitioner. He transferred to the Australian Army in 2008, before pursuing a specialist career in Brisbane.

Dr Forbes has provided medical care in a diverse range of settings, and in a number of different countries. He has always enjoyed being part of multidisciplinary medical teams, working closely with patients and their families as well as physiotherapists, rehabilitation providers and employers. He places a high value on working with his patients to assist them in understanding their diagnosis and treatment options as well as planning the management of their conditions into the future.

Dr Forbes holds Fellowships with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He also holds qualifications in both Aviation and Dive Medicine.