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 2017.

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:

  • Biopsychosocial aspects of pain
  • Neurobiology related to Mechanisms of Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain Overview
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology of Pain
  • Pain and Significant Others
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Epidemiology of Pain
  • Acute Pain Assessment
  • Case Presentations

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

Topic areas include:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Pain in Children
  • Pain in Older People
  • Post-surgical Pain
  • Psychological Interventions
  • Headache
  • Complimentary Therapies
  • Pain and Sleep
  • Pain and Mood
  • Personality Disorder and Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Multidisciplinary Management of Chronic Pain
  • Case presentations
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

Our 2017 workshop features over 30 of Australia's leading pain clinicians, educators and researchers. Some of our experts are listed below.

Mark Hutchinson.

Professor Mark Hutchinson
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (, University of Adelaide

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

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.

Lorimer Moseley.

Professor Lorimer Moseley
Professor of Neuroscience and Chair in Physiotherapy, The Sansom Institute for Health Research, The University of South Australia

Lorimer will be discussing the challenges of translating research findings into clinical practice.

Ian Harris.

Professor Ian Harris
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, The University of New South Wales

Ian is the author of the book Surgery: the Ultimate Placebo and will be reviewing the use of surgical approaches in pain management.

Rebecca Martin.

Dr Rebecca Martin
Pain Medicine Consultant, MJC Pain Management & Research Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital

Rebecca is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA. She will be considering the evidence for the use of procedural interventions for pain.

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.

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.

2017 Workshop Dates & Times

Week 1: Mon 6 Feb - Thu 9 Feb 2017    Week 2: Mon 13 Feb - Thu 16 Feb 2017


  • Each day runs from 9am until 4:30pm.
  • Registrations have now closed.


Workshop timetable.

You can view the timetable for our 2017 Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop here.

Please note: Curriculum and speakers subject to final confirmation.


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


The Pain Management workshop will be held at:

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

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

Getting Here

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:


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.


  • Registrations have now closed.
  • The number of registrations is limited to 50 participants
  • Registrations have now closed.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations before 5pm Friday 27 January 2017 receive a 90% refund of the registration fee (i.e. less 10% administrative fee). There will be no refunds after this date.