Pain Management

Study pain management at the University of Sydney


Our Pain Management program explores the problem of pain in the community and the role of health professionals in managing and treating a range of pain conditions.

You will learn to prevent acute and sub-acute pain from progressing to chronic and disabling pain, and how to work with other health professionals to achieve this goal.

Why study pain management with us?

  • Our program is a premier international program and was endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain in 2014
  • Our program has been developed by Sydney Medical School’s Pain Management Research Institute based at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, and
  • Teaching staff is comprised of local and international academic clinicians and researchers including neuroscientists, anaesthetists, pharmacologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists and research personnel. All are widely experienced in pain management.

Who should study this course?

This course is suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other relevant health disciplines.

Graduate opportunities

Our pain management courses develop the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals and thus improve services offered to patients in pain. Many graduates are now working in senior roles in the field.

This course is also excellent preparation for the fellowship exam of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Course options

Professional Accreditation / Recognition

The course is recognised for Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Professional Standards Program points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Short courses/Professional development

The University of Sydney offers short courses in Pain Management. Visit our Short Courses section to learn more about topics and dates.

Non-award study (single unit enrolment)

It is possible to take almost any unit of study as a non-award student. For more information, please visit Single Unit Enrolment.