Sydney Professional Certificate

Orofacial Pain Science

Graduates of this Professional Certificate will have specialised knowledge in orofacial pain science.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic anatomy and physiology of the orofacial region
  • Identify the major conditions associated with orofacial pain
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for orofacial pain conditions associated with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and Neuropathic pain
  • Discuss the psychosocial factors associated with orofacial pain
  • Plan patient care using the principles of assessment, treatment and management in orofacial pain
  • Discuss the relationship between sleep and pain, including the management of sleep disorders and orofacial pain conditions.

 
 

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Sydney Professional Certificate in Orofacial Pain Science

Students must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of 5000-level units of study
PAIN5003
Pain Treatment and Management Principles
6    A this unit is case based and is only suitable for experienced clinicians.
Semester 1
Semester 2
PAIN5005
Orofacial Pain
6      Semester 2

Sydney Professional Certificate in Orofacial Pain Science

Students must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of 5000-level units of study
PAIN5003 Pain Treatment and Management Principles

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Devonshire and Dr Charles Brooker Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online, approximately 10 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total) Assumed knowledge: this unit is case based and is only suitable for experienced clinicians. Assessment: participation in online discussion (20%), 4000-5000 word written assignment/s or equivalent (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
To introduce participants to the core principles of pain assessment, treatment and management. Participants consider the biopsychosocial model and the scientific basis for assessment, diagnosis and treatment. They explore principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, together with routes of drug administration. The role of physiotherapy and rehabilitation management, and the use of procedures such as neural blockade, simulation techniques and surgery are also considered.
PAIN5005 Orofacial Pain

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Claire Ashton-James and Dr Russell Vickers Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online, approximately 10 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total) Assessment: participation in online discussion (20%) 4000-5000 word written assignment/s or equivalent (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
Orofacial pain is frequently reported in the general population and is severe. It encompasses several conditions that involve medical, dental and psychological variables such as neuralgia, neuropathic pain, and temporomandibular disorder and related headache syndromes. The purpose of this unit is to explore the principles of orofacial pain mechanisms, symptomatology and treatments. Topics include orofacial pain assessment, diagnostic tests including local anaesthetic blocks, specific pharmacology for orofacial pain, and multidisciplinary treatment approaches.