Postgraduate studies - Structure

Program structure

All participants must complete four core units that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Pain Management. These core units of study introduce students to the key concepts and principles underlying the mechanisms and management of pain.

Continuing students are able to choose from a range of elective subjects, providing an opportunity to study areas of interest in more depth.

Levels of Award

The Graduate Studies in Pain Management program is a three stage Masters course, with the option of entry and exit at the level of Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Masters.

Course Award

Total Study Units

Total Credit Points

Graduate Certificate

4 core units

24

Graduate Diploma

4 core units + 2 electives

36

Masters

4 core units + 4 electives

48


Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate provides a foundational core knowledge base for practitioners who work with complex pain problems. The certificate comprises 24 credit points of coursework and is normally completed in one year of part-time study at the normal rate of progression.

Slow progression is also available to assist students who may wish to reduce their workload and take longer to complete their award. All units of study are completed online.

Graduate Diploma
The Graduate Diploma builds on the Graduate Certificate and involves the study of 2 elective units of study (an additional 12 credit points).

The elective units offer students an opportunity to tailor study to meet their professional needs and interests. A total of 36 credit points of coursework is required for this award and can be completed in one and a half years of part-time study at the normal rate of progression.

Slow progression is also available to assist students who may wish to reduce their workload and take longer to complete their award. All units of study are completed online.

Masters
The Masters degree is fully articulated with the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. Coursework undertaken, therefore, for the Graduate Certificate may be counted towards credit points required for the Graduate Diploma and similarly coursework undertaken for the Graduate Diploma may be counted towards credit points required for the Masters.

The Masters comprises 48 credit points of coursework and can be completed in two years of part-time study at the normal rate of progression.

Slow progression is also available to assist students who may wish to reduce their workload and take longer to complete their award. All units of study are completed online.

Areas of Study

Core units: Introduction to pain management; Pain mechanisms and contributors; Principles of pain treatment and management; Pain conditions.

Elective units: Concepts of pain; Psychology of pain; Musculoskeletal pain; Cancer pain; Pain in children; Pain in older people; Disability and pain rehabilitation; Psychological approaches to pain management; Orofacial pain; Independent studies in pain, Pharmacology of Pain, Neurobiology of pain, and Complementary therapies in pain management.

Assessment
In each unit of study students complete summative (formal) assessments which are generally comprised of a mix of essays, online quizzes, case studies or literature critiques. A percentage of the total mark for each unit is also awarded to students for contributions to online discussion.

A number of formative (informal) assessments and activities, such as online quizzes and learning activities, are also included in some units of study. These assessments and activities are designed to provide students with support and feedback as they work through the unit content and learning materials.