About Us

We are the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain (ANZAOP)

About us
The ANZAOP is the peak body in the field of Orofacial Pain in Australia and New Zealand. We have affiliate international sister academies in America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain (ANZAOP) is the peak body in the field of Orofacial Pain in Australia and New Zealand, and is dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge about Orofacial Pain and promoting evidence-based, person-centred care.

Our aim is to encourage and support advances in the field of orofacial pain management and to establish and advance the scientific principles on which clinical practice and protocols should be based.

We strive to provide access to information for both health practitioners and patients, and aspire to develop and advance training programmes in orofacial pain management at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

We are a member of an international consortium of sister academies the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), The European Academy of Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction (EAOPD), The Asian Academy of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibuar Disorders (AAOT) and the Latin American Academy of Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (ALDOTS).

This consortium collaborates to advance orofacial pain management internationally and holds regular international meetings to foster collaboration and disseminate knowledge. The ANZAOP also holds a scientific meeting annually. The Academies jointly sponsor the highly regarded Journal of Oral and Facial Pain & Headache.

Current Executive Committee

Karen McCloy

Secretary Treasurer
Joseph Ryan

The Academy is dedicated to improving the management of orofacial pain and related disorders by supporting it’s members to develop and maintain expertise in evidence-based, person-centred care.”


President, ANZAOP

Sister Academies

The first meeting of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain was held in 1975 in New York City. The need was evident for an organization that would improve the quality of the diagnoses and management of orofacial pain, and offer a forum for the exchange of information among the various authorities in the field.

The original name of the organization was The American Academy of Craniomandibular Orthopedics. This name was changed in 1981 to The American Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders and then again to The American Academy of Orofacial Pain in 1992 to reflect the focus of the discipline to include complex chronic orofacial pain disorders. While the AAOP was founded primarily by dentists it is open to all health care providers with training and interest in the treatment of OFP and TMD.

The basic objectives of the Academy are to improve the knowledge of those interested in complex chronic orofacial pain disorders by increased communication and exchange of scientific information as well as to stimulate the profession towards greater awareness of these disorders and their treatment.

The American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) Mission is as follows: an organization of dentists and other health care professionals, is dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering through the promotion of excellence in education, research and patient care in the field of orofacial pain and associated disorders.


The European Academy of Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction was founded 14th of July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The seat of the Academy is Bettmeralp, Switzerland.The Academy will organize annual scientific conferences to create a meeting place for all professionals dedicated to Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction(OPD). It is the Academy’s ambition to establish and maintain an active network of OPD experts who can advance knowledge and best clinical practice in this field.

The Academy can organize closed conferences. These will be limited to members of the Academy. It is intended that these conferences can have an interactive and/or hands-on element. The aim of these conferences is to establish ‘best practice’ within the Academy.

The Academy can organize open conferences. These will be open to anyone with an interest in the OPD field. All conferences will be organised by a committee made up of the Meeting Officer and the Treasurer, both of whom will be members of the Executive Board, and the National Liaison of the country hosting the conference, and any other person appointed by the Executive Board.


The Asian Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders (AACMD) was founded in 1988 by dentists from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore who specialized in temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. Hong Kong was the fifth member, joining the AACMD at its inception.

Since the first scientific meeting held in Japan in 1989, 18 meetings have been held over the last 30 years. These meetings were held annually from 1989 to 1993 and then every other year between 1995 and 2015. Until 2015, the sister academies from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan took turns hosting the biennial meetings. In 2015, sister academies from Indonesia and the Philippines joined and the scientific meetings were again held annually. A sister academy from Thailand joined in 2018.