When fate brought Dr Jason Scott and Lyndall Kennedy together over a decade ago, little did they know the person sitting next to them on the plane would become their life partner.
“The conversation was great and, when we just happened to be on the same return flight, well it seemed meant to be,” says Jason. “We now have a lovely baby girl and have been working alongside each other since the inception of MiPain, Townsville’s first consultant-led private pain service, in 2014.”
Acutely aware that patients were travelling to Brisbane or Melbourne for treatment in specialist pain centres, Jason and Lyndall (raised in the Tablelands and the Burdekin respectively), were determined to make these much-needed services accessible in North Queensland.
“We put our hearts where our home is and invested in Townsville,” says Lyndall who, as practice manager, keeps operations running smoothly.
“Now we’re excited to have moved over to our new purpose-built specialist centre in Park Street, next to the Mater Hospital in Pimlico. Firm believers in Townsville’s future, Jason and Lyndall are backed by an outstanding team, which is about to expand.
“We have a close-knit staff and work extremely well together,” Lyndall says. “Our incredible receptionists, Kristy and Kirsten, are fantastic in their roles and I’m extremely proud of the work Jason is doing.”
Consulting is demanding work, but Jason believes patients deserve to know that the person they discuss their pain with is an expert in the field of pain medicine and is the same person they see in theatre and for review.
“We’re proud of the relationships we’ve formed with patients and referring practitioners,” Jason says. “I consult patients with a range of chronic pain issues — particularly back and neck pain — and engage with health providers including general practitioners, surgeons, physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists. “MiPain provides weekly, timely and affordable procedures performed to reduce the need for medication and to improve function and quality of life.”