Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop

About the Workshop

Man in pain.

The Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop is arguably the world's most comprehensive workshop in pain management in 2018.

This two week (Monday - Thursday) workshop is a comprehensive overview of all major aspects of pain management, integrating basic science with its clinical application. The content is based on the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) core curriculum and facilitated by nationally and internationally recognised specialists in the field of pain management.

The workshop sessions have been developed to increase participant knowledege and skills in assessing and managing patients with acute and/or chronic pain conditions.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for nurses, doctors, dentists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, pharmacists and other health professionals with an interest in learning about current views and approaches to the assessment and management of pain.

Workshop Outline

A comprehensive overview of all major aspects of pain management, integrating basic science with its clincial application. The content is based on the IASP endorsed Master of Medicine/Science in Medicine (Pain Management) program offered through The University of Sydney.

Week 1: The Problem of Pain Week 2: The Management of Pain

During the first week, participants will be introduced to the extent of the problem and explores pain contributors and assessment.

 

Topic areas include:

  • Concepts and Assessment of Pain
  • Epidemiology
  • Overview of Musculoskeletal Pain Problems
  • Early Intervention
  • Psychology of Pain
  • Psychological Contributors of Pain
  • Pharmacology of Pain
  • Disability, Pain & Rehabilitation
  • Neurobiology related to Mechanisms of Pain
  • Cancer Pain and Cancer Survivorship
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Acute Pain Services

Over the second week, participants will explore current principles of pain management.

 


Topic areas include:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain Assessment
  • Neuropathic and Visceral Pain Management
  • Neuroimmune Aspects of Pain
  • Post-surgical Pain
  • Pain and Addiction
  • Pain in Children and Older People
  • Placebo Analgesia
  • Headache
  • Headache
  • Mood, Personality Disorders and Suicide
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Pain and Sleep
Note: Curriculum and speakers subject to final confirmation

Week 1 and Week 2 workshops are designed to be offered as a package and attendance at both is ideal but not essential.

For students enrolled in the University of Sydneys' Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree programs in Pain Management, please note that the content of Week 1 is essentially equivalent to that covered during your first semester of study and that the content of Week 2 is very similar to that of your second semester.

Topic Experts

We are privileged to have our 2018 workshop feature over 30 of Australia's leading pain clinicians, educators and researchers. Our experts are listed below.

Fiona Blyth.

Professor Fiona Blyth
Professor of Public Health & Pain Medicine; Associate Dean, Concord Medical School, The University of Sydney

Fiona will be discussing chronic pain from the global burden of disease framework and its implications for the field of pain management.

Paul Glare.

Professor Paul Glare
Professor and Chair of Pain Medicine; Director, Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney

Formerly the Chief of Pain & Palliative Care Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, Paul will be exploring the emerging issue of cancer pain survivorship.

Mark Hutchinson. Professor Mark Hutchinson
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BiPhotonics, University of Adelaide

Mark will be discussing the implications of advances in neuroimmunology for understanding pain and its management.

Michael Nicholas.

Professor Michael Nicholas
Director, Pain Education and Pain Management Programs, Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney; IASP Council Secretary, International Association for the Study of Pain

Michael will be discussing current research on biopsychosocial models of pain and the implications for pain management, from acute to chronic.

Michele Sterling.

Professor Michele Sterling
Associate Director of the Recover Injury Research Centre and Director of NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Road Traffic Injury, The University of Queensland

Michelle will be discussing current research on the physical and psychological characteristics of whiplash.


  Prof Fiona Blyth Public Health & Pain Medicine, The University of Sydney
  Prof Ian Cameron Rehabilitation, The University of Sydney
  Prof Peter Cistulli Sleep Medicine, The University of Sydney
  Prof Milton Cohen Rheumatology, UNSW
  Prof Paul Glare Pain Medicine, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Prof Mark Hutchinson Nanoscale BiPhotonics, University of Adelaide
  Prof Vasi Naganthan Geriatric Medicine, Concord Hospital
  Prof Michael Nicholas Pain Education, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Prof Chris Peck Dentistry, The University of Sydney
  Prof Philip Siddall Pain Medicine, Greenwich Hospital
  Prof Michele Sterling Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland
  A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal Palliative Care, Concord Hospital
  A/Prof Apo Demirkol The Langton Centre, SESLHD Drug and Alcohol Services, UNSW
  A/Prof Charles Brooker Pain Medicine, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  A/Prof Damien Finniss Medicine, Griffith University
  A/Prof Julia Hush Physiotherapy, Macquarie University
  A/Prof Paul Wrigley Pain Medicine, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Dr Claire Ashton-James Pain Education, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Dr Phil Austin Oestopathy, Greenwich Hospital
  Dr Elizabeth Devonshire Pain Education, The University of Sydney
  Dr Newman Harris Psychiatry, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Carolyn Howard Oncology, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Bronwyn Jenkins Neurology, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Jonathan de Lima Paediatrics, Westmead Children's Hospital
  Dr Ross Macpherson Anaesthesia and Pain, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Rebecca Martin Anaesthesia and Pain, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Toby Newton-John Psychology, University of Technology, Sydney
  Dr Martine O'Neill Anaesthesia and Pain, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Sarah Overton Psychology, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Gavin Pattullo Acute Pain Services, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Duncan Sanders Pain Education, PMRI, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Andrew Singer Psychiatry, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Dr Chris Vaughan Neuroscience, PMRI
  Dr Russell Vickers Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery/Homeopathy, The University of Sydney
  Dr Brad Wood Psychology, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Ms Lee Beeston ADAPT Program, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Mr Tumelo Dube Physiotherapy, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Ms Maria de Sousa Physiotherapy, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital
  Mr John Turner CNC Pain Management, PMRC, Royal North Shore Hospital

CPD Points

Each week is comprised of 24 hours of professional development. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for these hours at the end of the event.

2018 Workshop Dates & Times


Week 1: Mon 5 Feb - Thu 8 Feb 2018    Week 2: Mon 12 Feb - Thu 15 Feb 2018

Note:

  • Each day runs from 9am until 4:30pm.
  • Registrations will close on Friday 25 January 2018.

Timetable

Workshop timetable.


You can view the previous timetable for the 2017 Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop here. The 2018 timetable will be made available later in the year.

Please note: Curriculum and speakers subject to final confirmation.






Fees

Registration fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on each day. Prices are GST inclusive and are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Registration Type Week 1 Week 2 Both Weeks
Standard $880.00 $880.00 $1760.00
Current Australian University Students** $800.00 $800.00 $1600.00
Current University of Sydney Staff $800.00 $800.00 $1600.00
Current University of Sydney Pain Management Degree Student* $250.00 $250.00 $500.00


*Reduced workshop registration fees are offered for University of Sydney students who are currently enrolled in either the Graduate Certificate in Pain Management, Graduate Diploma in Pain Management, Master of Medicine (Pain Management) or the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) degree programs.

**Proof of current Australian University enrolment will be required

Venue

The Pain Management workshop will be held at:

Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH)
Reserve Rd
St Leonards NSW 2065
Australia

Map: Royal North Shore Hospital
Map: Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards
Map: St Leonards in Sydney

Accommodation

We don’t provide a recommended list of possible accommodation as the budget, room standard level and location preference (e.g. near the hospital or in the Sydney CBD) vary for each participant. There are a number of hotels along the Pacific Highway or in St Leonards that are within walking distance of Royal North Shore Hospital.

One starting point would be to look on Google Maps:

  • Go to Google Maps
  • Type in "Royal North Shore Hospital at St Leonards" into Google search field and press Enter
  • Click on the map that appears
  • Click on “Nearby” and type in "Accommodation" or "Hotels"


There is also the list of possible accommodation options for provided on the Northern Clinical School website for medical students here. We don’t necessarily recommend any of these – it is just another set of possibilities to consider.

Getting Here

Luggage Considerations

Please allow 2kgs in your luggage allowance for each week's workshop manual.

Public Transport

St Leonards train station is on the T1 North Shore & Northern Line and is a 10 minute walk from Royal North Shore Hospital. It takes approximately 20 minutes to travel by train from St Leonards to Central Station in the city.

There are regular buses running between the upper and lower North Shore, Epping, Ryde and Sydney CBD, that stop on the Pacific Highway outside Royal North Shore Hospital. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from the Highway to the hospital.

More information about planning your trip by public transport is available here: http://www.transportnsw.info/

Parking

Visitor parking is available in the multi-storey car park, which is owned and operated by Wilson Parking. Parking fees are displayed at all entrances to the car park.

If you plan to drive every day, weekly passes are significantly more economical than paying the daily casual parking rates. These passes are available for purchase at the Parking Office on level 4 of the new P2 multi-storey car park. See [Map] and [Parking Rates] for more information.

Off-street parking in the area is typically limited to two hours and is often metered.

Registration

  • You are welcome to register and pay by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) here.
  • Alternatively, you can request to be invoiced by emailing .
Note:
  • The number of registrations is limited to 50 participants
  • Registrations will close on Friday 25 January 2018

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations before 5pm Friday 25 January 2018 receive a 90% refund of the registration fee (i.e. less 10% administrative fee). There will be no refunds after this date.