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 2019.

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 workshop feature over 30 of Australia's leading pain clinicians, educators and researchers. Last year's workshop presenters are listed below (2019 speaker list to be finalised).

Fiona Blyth.

Professor Fiona Blyth AM
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.

Steven Linton. Professor Steven Linton
Professor of Clinical Psychology at Örebro University in Sweden and Director of the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP)

Steven will be discussing current research in psychologically-informed therapy and 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.

Peter O'Sullivan. Professor Peter O'Sullivan
Chair in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Curtin University

Steven will be also discussing current research in psychologically-informed therapy and musculoskeletal injuries.


  Prof Fiona Blyth AM 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 Jim Elliott Health Sciences, The University of Sydney
  Prof Paul Glare Pain Medicine, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Prof Julia Hush Physiotherapy, Macquarie University
  Prof Mark Hutchinson Nanoscale BiPhotonics, University of Adelaide
  Prof Vasi Naganthan Geriatric Medicine, Concord Hospital
  Prof Steven Linton Health & Medical Psychology, Örebro University
  Prof Michael Nicholas Pain Education, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Prof Peter O'Sullivan Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Curtin University
  Prof Chris Peck Dentistry, The University of Sydney
  Prof Philip Siddall Pain Medicine, Greenwich Hospital
  Prof Chris Vaughan Neuroscience, PMRI
  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 Toby Newton-John Psychology, University of Technology, Sydney
  A/Prof Paul Wrigley Pain Medicine, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Dr Claire Ashton-James Pain Education, PMRI, The University of Sydney
  Dr Simon Byrne PMRI, The University of Sydney
  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 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 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.

2019 Workshop Dates & Times


Week 1: Mon 4 Feb - Thu 7 Feb 2019    Week 2: Mon 11 Feb - Thu 14 Feb 2019

Note:

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

Timetable

Workshop timetable.


You can view the current timetable for the 2019 Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop here. The 2019 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

**Please note the change in venue**

The Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop will be held at:

Northside Conference Centre
Corner Oxley St & Pole Lane
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Australia

Map: Northside Conference Centre
Map: Northside Conference Centre in St Leonards/Crows Nest
Map: St Leonards in Sydney

Accommodation

There are a number of hotels along the Pacific Highway or in St Leonards that are within walking distance of St Leonard's train station and Northside Conference Centre. You may also like to consider accommodation in nearby suburbs such as Chatswood or North Sydney which are two or three train stops from St Leonards station.

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 nearby St Leonards Station. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from the Highway to the Convention Centre.

Public transport in Sydney uses the OPAL card system. You can still purchase single fare tickets at ticket vending machines. More information is available here: http://www.opal.com.au/

TripView Lite is a free app for iPhone and Android which provides easy access to Sydney's public transport timetable: http://www.tripview.com.au/tripview.php

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

Parking

Hume St Car Park
The Hume Street Car Park is located directly across from the Northside Conference Centre.

There are also three additional parking stations run by North Sydney Council, all in close proximity to Northside which are: Holtermann Street, Nicholson Street and Alexander Street. Early bird rates apply at these stations so don’t forget to validate your ticket at the parking station on arrival.

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

See below for North Sydney Council Parking rates:

Registration

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

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations before 5pm Friday 25 January 2019 receive a 90% refund of the registration fee (i.e. less 10% administrative fee). There will be no refunds after this date.