Postgraduate Degree Program - Structure


Program Structure

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All students must complete the four core units (PAIN5001, PAIN5002, PAIN5003 and PAIN5004) that also 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.

Those who are completing the Masters level degree must also complete the Capstone unit PAIN5006. This unit draws together learning that has taken place during the award.

Students enrolled at the Graduate Diploma and Masters levels are then able to choose from a range of elective subjects, providing an opportunity to study areas of interest in more depth.

Units of Study - Core


The following core units are offered in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 each each year:

Unit Code Unit Title Description
PAIN5001 Introduction to Pain Management [Description]
PAIN5002 Pain Mechanisms [Description]
PAIN5003 Principles of Treatment & Management [Description]
PAIN5004 Pain Mechanisms [Description]
PAIN5006 Issues, Controversies in Pain Management (Capstone; Masters level only) [Description]

Units of Study - Electives


SEMESTER 1
The following elective units are offered in Semester 1 only each year:

Unit Code Unit Title Description
PAIN5010 Clinical Aspects of Neurobiology [Description]
PAIN5011 Psychology of Pain [Description]
PAIN5013 Musculoskeletal Pain [Description]
PAIN5015 Pharmacology of Pain [Description]
PAIN5020 Complementary Therapies: Pain Management [Description]
PAIN5021 Acute Pain [Description]
PAIN5023 Advanced Studies in Orofacial Pain (Orofacial Pathway only) [Description]
SLEE5101 Introduction to Sleep Medicine (Orofacial Pathway only) [Description]


SEMESTER 2
The following elective units are offered in Semester 2 only each year:

Unit Code Unit Title Description
PAIN5005 Orofacial Pain [Description]
PAIN5014 Cancer Pain [Description]
PAIN5016 Psychological Approaches in Pain Management [Description]
PAIN5017 Disability and Pain Rehabilitation [Description]
PAIN5018 Pain in Children [Description]
PAIN5019 Pain in the Elderly [Description]
PAIN5022 Independent Studies in Pain [Description]
PAIN5024 Headache [Description]
PAIN5025 Orofacial Pain in Practice (Orofacial Pain Pathway only) [Description]

Mode of Study

Students normally undertake these programs in a part-time study mode which means studying two units per semester. This is equivalent to a time commitment of 20 hours per week. This is the attendance level recommended for professionals who are also working in addition to study.

Students may also choose to study just one unit per semester, which is equivalent to a time commitment of 10 hours per week. This may be more manageable alongside work and other commitments. However, it does mean that the degree will take longer to complete overall.

All units of study are completed online via the online learning system Canvas.

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 + 3 electives + 1 core unit (Capstone) 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.

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 Graduate Diploma is an excellent option for students who do not want to commit to a full master’s, but still need a solid grounding in pain management. 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.

Masters

Masters programs are ideal for graduates who need specialised knowledge and skills that will help them take the next step in their career and to develop further professional expertise.

The Masters degree is fully articulated with the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. This means that any coursework undertaken for the Graduate Certificate may be counted towards credit points required for the Graduate Diploma. 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.

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.