Kal attained Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports & Exercise Physicians in 1995. In addition to his general sports medicine consulting, he’s had numerous appointments with sporting teams at all levels, across disciplines.
Kal is an Independent Medicolegal Examiner who has consulted as a medical advisor for the Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe in Victoria, Australia.
Kal observed a pattern in the people he helped, whether they were athletes or injured workers. He noticed that the context of the pain (not the severity of the injury) consistently predicted clinical outcomes. Being both curious and rigorously evidence-based in his work, Kal’s curious mind and dedication to evidence-based care sent him to science for the answers.
Kal’s continuing quest for knowledge and understanding of pain s
Kal is a proud a member of the Pain Revolution core team, filling the role of Medical Director. He was one of the trailblazing riders on their first Rural Outreach Tour in 2017, before he got recruited behind the scenes. He wrote this recent blog on his involvement in Pain Revolution on the Australasian College of Sports & Exercise Physicians website.
In recent years, Kal has been focussed on delivering best-practice pain management by combining neurobiology and exercise medicine principles.
He is part of a tight, inter-disciplinary clinical team at the Rehabiltation Medicine Group which is focussed on a re-adaptive program for people in pain, based on the principles above. The program is non-interventional and involves minimal use of medications.
Kal regularly presents talks to both health professionals and the general public about persisting pain. His academic career is highlighted with a co-authored publication – Management of musculoskeletal pain in a compensable environment: Implementation of helpful and unhelpful Models of Care in supporting recovery and return to work. Darren Beales, Kal Fried, Michael Nicholas, Fiona Blyth, Damien Finniss, G. Lorimer Moseley. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology. Volume 30, Issue 3, June 2016, Pages 445–467
Kal enjoys his work, riding his bike, latin dancing, and the occasional (well … maybe more than occasional) red wine.