Prof Macintyre has been the Director of the Acute Pain Service (APS) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since it was established at the beginning of 1989. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and an examiner for the Faculty. Her key areas of interest are management of acute pain in complex patients, including those who are opioid-tolerant and/or with an addiction disorder; the role of acute pain medicine in the ‘opioid epidemic’, including prescribing of opioids after discharge from hospital; and safety of acute pain management practices.
She also organises the ‘Pain Week’ that all 5th year medical students at the University of Adelaide must complete and the acute pain medicine sessions given to all final year students in preparation for internship. She has coauthored a book on practical acute pain management, now in its 4th edition (2015), and was lead editor for the second (2005) and third (2010) editions of Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence, published by ANZCA and the FPM.