Education & training
Dr Ilonka Meyer is a Specialist in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia. Ilonka is Founder and Director of MindBodyPainSpecialists and acting Director of the Pain Service at Austin Health, Heidelberg. She has a strong interest in perioperative pain and medication optimisation, interventional pain treatments, cancer pain and palliative care. Ilonka is passionate about growing and expanding integrated pain services in the public sector. Ilonka has played an integral role in the development of the Perioperative and Transitional pain clinics at Austin Health. Ilonka is skilled in Clinical Research, Medical Education, Coaching, and Healthcare Management. Her main research focus lies in interventional pain medicine in the peri-operative population, cancer pain and the health economic bene ts of pain and medication optimisation patients both pre-and postoperatively. Ilonka is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity in all areas of her work, striving to ensure every individual has the chance to achieve their full potential, free from prejudice and discrimination. She is a great listener and communicator and strives to maintain timely communication with both her patients and their referrers. Ilonka is a creative thinker and has an open mind about di erent treatment options; she works closely with her patients to ensure their treatment plan is individualised and the best option for their pain outcomes.
Anaesthetist provide high quality anaesthesia services in a range of surgical areas. Their main job is also to be responsible at the same time for the safety and well-being of the patient in the operating theatre. This involves supporting a patient's vital signs, ensuring the patient is hydrated, warm and comfortable at the conclusion of the procedure. In addition, anaesthetist have a range of practice which extends beyond anaesthesia for surgery to include pain management and intensive care. Anaesthetist adjust the doses of the anaesthesia inducing drugs indivually on a patient by patient basis. Pain medicine physician is the biopsychosocial assessment and management of persons with complex pain, especially when an underlying condition is not directly treatable. The scope of pain medicine supplements that of other medical disciplines, and utilises interdisciplinary skills to promote improved quality-of-life through improved physical, psychological and social function. Pain medicine prescribes medication, co-ordinates rehabilitative services, performs pain relieving procedures.