Knowledge + Experience


From Ireland to India, and Australia to Saudi Arabia, we have taught clinicians across the world.

Dr Niamh Moloney and Dr Martin Rabey are passionate about delivering contemporary, evidence-based teaching to help clinicians translate basic science and clinical research into daily practice. We both have over ten years experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate clinicians worldwide. Niamh and Martin currently deliver a number of courses:

Dr Niamh Moloney and Dr Martin Rabey are clinical educators based at THRIVE Physiotherapy, Guernsey. They deliver workshops and courses for clinicians internationally on the assessment and management of persistent pain disorders (back pain, neck pain, sports injuries).

Upcoming Courses

Pain: Translating Neuroscience into Clinical Practice

27th March 2021 - Zoom

Kindly hosted by the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Book here.

This course is also available to access online at any time through Trust Me Ed.


Niamh and Martin are presenting several research papers at:

The International Association for the Study of Pain World Congress on Pain 2021

9th-11th, 16th-18th June 2021

Pain Sensitivity in Back Pain: Assessment and Clinical Relevance

11th September 2021

Lausanne, Switzerland

Swiss Pain Society Annual Congress 2021

Clinical Educators' Biographies

Dr Martin Rabey


Martin is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. His PhD (2016), completed at Curtin University in Perth, explored the complex interactions between multiple dimensions (pain sensitivity, psychological, health and lifestyle, movement, behaviour, demographics, socioeconomics) associated with persistent low back pain. Concurrently, he taught on Curtin University's world-renowned Master of Clinical Physiotherapy degree programme. Following this, he was part of a team researching complex interventions for persistent low back pain at Neuroscience Research Australia. He has since returned to clinical practice in Guernsey where he grew up. His ongoing research revolves around the examination and management of chronic pain disorders. He has been lecturing to fellow clinicians since 2001.

Dr Niamh Moloney


Niamh is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (As awarded by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2018) who combines almost 20 years of clinical and academic experience. Her PhD (2012) investigated pain and sensory profiles in people with neck and arm pain, with her subsequent research focusing on assessment of pain profiles and its impact on prognosis and treatment response. In her research and clinical practice she has applied these approaches to a number of musculoskeletal conditions. She has taught in the area of pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2005 holding positions at the University of Sydney (Lecturer) and Macquarie University, Sydney (Senior Lecturer, currently Honorary Research Fellow) and contributing to the Neuromusculoskeletal Masters, University College Dublin. She currently lives in Guernsey where she combines her research and teaching with clinical practice.


Pain: Translating Neuroscience into Clinical Practice (MACP Accredited)

Course Outline:

This workshop will deepen clinicians’ understanding of pain neuroscience in order to clarify more complex patient presentations, facilitate refinement of clinical assessments and application of more appropriate and effective interventions.

Course Objectives:

  • Present pain neurophysiology relevant for clinicians including: nociception and inflammation, pain modulation and neuro-endocrine-immune system responses.

  • Using interactive tasks and clinical scenarios, explore how these physiological processes relate to patient presentations, and influence clinical practice.

Course Duration: 

One day.

This course is accessible online through Trust Me Ed.

The Pain Jigsaw: Piecing Together Complexity in Everyday Musculoskeletal Practice

Course Outline:

Musculoskeletal conditions are influenced by many different dimensions: movement, psychological, social, pain sensitivity, health and lifestyle. This course will provide participants with skills and tools to address multiple dimensions of the pain jigsaw in presentations commonly seen in primary & secondary care. The course will be case-based and include live patient presentations.

Course Objectives:

  • Present evidence for multiple dimensions in common musculoskeletal conditions and how this relates to pain physiology in patient presentations.

  • Provide strategies and tools for examining psychological, social, perceptual and health / lifestyle dimensions.

  • Demonstrate practical skills for expanded pain assessments, assessment of perception and adaptive / maladaptive movement strategies.

  • Interpret clinical cases to develop intervention strategies based on multiple dimensions.

Course Duration: 

Two days.

Craniofacial Pain: Assessment and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders

Course Outline:

This workshop will provide participants with knowledge and skills to assess and treat musculoskeletal craniofacial pain, focusing on temporomandibular disorders, using a multidimensional approach. Headache screening and identification of cervicogenic headaches will be covered.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe differential diagnoses for craniofacial pain and understand the evidence for physical, psychological and social contributions in temporomandibular disorders.

  • Describe the functional anatomy and basic biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint.

  • Perform an appropriate examination for a person with craniofacial pain.

  • Interpret clinical case findings and describe relative contributions from multiple dimensions (physical, pathobiological, psychological and social) for each case.

  • Design and deliver management for a person with craniofacial pain.

Course Duration: 

One day.

Management of Chronic Neck Pain in Clinical Practice – Focus on Whiplash Disorders and Cervical Radiculopathy


Course Outline:

This workshop will explore management of two neck pain disorders. Assessment and treatment of psychosocial factors, pain sensitisation and neural tissue disorders will be covered.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand pain physiology related to pain modulation and biopsychosocial contributions to pain and disability related to whiplash and cervical radiculopathy.

  • Understand evidence for multidimensional profiles in neck pain and how to assess multiple dimensions in clinical practice.

  • Develop skills for assessment and treatment of psychosocial factors, pain sensitisation and neural tissue disorders.

  • Be able to apply advanced clinical reasoning to people with whiplash and cervical radiculopathy, and develop appropriate multidimensional interventions.

Course Duration: 

One day.