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

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


Our History

The Academy was established in 1986 as the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders by Dr Tom Wilkinson who was a member of the American Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders.

Membership was extended to practitioners who were involved in the practice of Craniomandibular Disorders. The Inaugural members were Tom Wilkinson, Cos Maiolo, Lindsay Richards, Alastair Goss, Iven Klineberg, Terry Walton, Kevin Joyce, Frank Maloney, Peter Reade, Jack Gershman, Peter Sutherland, John Armitage, David McNamara and Pat Henry.

The first meeting of the Academy was held in 1987 at the United Dental Hospital in Sydney. Tom Wilkinson was elected Inaugural President with Cos Maiolo as Secretary and Lindsay Richards as Treasurer. Annual meetings rotated between Melbourne and Sydney. Lynne Haysman was the first physiotherapist to become a member and became Secretary in 1995. Dennis Thornburn was the first New Zealand member.

Peter Reade was President from 1997 until 2000 and Iven Klineberg was President from 2001 to 2003. Jack Gerschman served as Secretary/Treasurer from 1997 to 2003. Mina Borromeo was President from 2003 to 2005 with Rob Delcanho serving as Secretary/Treasurer. Rob Delcanho was President from 2006 to 2009 with Margaret Duncan and then Lindy Holbrook as Secretary Treasurer. Since 2010 Professor Chris Peck has served as President with Professor Rob Delcanho acting as Secretary/Treasurer and Dr Tom Wilkinson as an Executive Member.

The Academy has increased in membership and many new members have a background in Orofacial Pain and in 2005 the Academy changed its name to the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain. In that year the Academy hosted the 4th International Conference on Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders in Sydney.

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