Kolling building at RNSH

Established in 1990, the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) is a joint initiative between The University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital. PMRI is a division of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, which has the broad goal of improving human health. The NSW Ministry of Health has recognised PMRI as the Lead Centre for Pain Research and Education in NSW.

The Pain Management Research Institute is staffed by a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers and educators who work together to improve our understanding of all forms of pain and their treatments. Research, teaching and clinical activities extend from acute pain (e.g. post operative and trauma) to chronic non-cancer pain (e.g. low back pain, post amputation pain, herpes) and cancer pain management.

PMRI runs an intensive research program investigating the severe persistent pain problems that many people suffer. Research is conducted within a biopsychosocial framework and includes the study of basic pain mechanisms and the development and evaluation of innovative multidisciplinary treatments.

The Pain Management Research Institute runs an internationally recognised postgraduate degree program in conjunction with The University of Sydney, leading to a Masters level qualification in Pain Management. PMRI also runs continuing education and professional development events for health professionals interested in developing their knowledge further in field of pain management.

The Pain Management Research Institute works in close collaboration with the Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre (PMRC), which treats patients with acute pain, cancer pain, and chronic non-cancer pain. The Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre is a purpose designed clinical facility in the Douglas Building of Royal North Shore Hospital constructed with funds donated by the business community and the general public.

Our Research We have a number of major research programs investigating mechanisms and treatment of severe persistent pain problems. [Read more]
About Pain An estimated 1 in 5 Australians suffer persistent pain – pain that continues for more than 3 months. [Read more]
Patient stories Every day, thousands of Australians wake to debilitating chronic pain – month after month, year after year. Many find themselves locked into a cycle of pills, depression and bed rest. [Read more]
Our Education Programs We offer a postgraduate degree program in Pain Management, an annual Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop, online webinar skills training, Specialist Symposia and a free Visiting Scholars program. [Read more]