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Postgraduate and short courses in pain management

Advance your skills in managing a diverse range of pain problems
Our courses are taught by a multidisciplinary team of pain experts to enable health professionals from around the world to expand their understanding of pain, its assessment and management.

Studying pain management at the University of Sydney

Postgraduate coursework

Our premier international degree program in pain management provides comprehensive and advanced education on the basic and applied sciences, concepts, and approaches underpinning our current understanding of pain, its assessment and management.

Suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, pharmacy and other relevant health disciplines, these courses are offered online and are normally completed part-time.

More information about each of our degree programs and links to apply are available below:

Our degree program has been endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

The degree program is multidisciplinary, which means it is open to medical practitioners, dentists, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, chiropractors, and other health professionals who have an interest and involvement in the field of pain management.

This pathway is suitable for dentists, physiotherapists, psychologists and other health practitioners interested in pursuing a career in orofacial pain, as well as clinicians already working in the field wishing to consolidate their understanding in this area.

The structure and content of the pathway in orofacial pain is influenced by guidelines from The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain and The American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Applications for this pathway are accepted in Semester 1 of each year only.

The degree program offers nineteen units of study to select from. The four core units (PAIN5001, PAIN5002, PAIN5003 and PAIN5004 - that comprise the Graduate Certificate), will equip you with a firm foundation in the key concepts and principles underlying the mechanisms and management of pain.

For those enrolled in the Graduate Diploma and Master's level degrees, the large range of elective choices provides an opportunity to study specific areas of interest in more depth.

You can also choose to enrol in individual pain management units of study. Non-award units can be credited towards a future degree at the university (within two years of completion) or as part of another degree (with the permission of your Faculty and University).

Whether you are a student or practicing professional, individual units of study are an extremely useful option for developing skills in a specific area without needing to enrol in a full course of study.

Learn more | Enrol as a non-award student

Postgraduate research

Postgraduate research students make an integral contribution to the research outcomes of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research.

Students with an interest in pain research are encouraged to enrol in a postgraduate research degree through the University of Sydney.

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health visit our postgraduate research page.

Webinars and short courses

Perfect for healthcare professionals working in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, allied health or public health, we are pleased to offer excellent opportunities for professional development and education in pain management.

We run face-to-face workshops, online webinar skills training and specialist symposia, as well as an exciting program of free talks featuring Australian and international pain experts as part of our Visiting Scholars' Program.

Upcoming events

Clinical training

The Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre is the only centre in Australia to be approved for three specialist training positions for the Diploma of Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Specialists can also train for the Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

The department also provides post-graduate supervision, in pain management, for clinical psychology trainees, physiotherapy and nursing trainees and dentists.

Ms Amanda Galvin
Administration Practice Manager

Associate Professor Paul Wrigley
Senior Staff Specialist Pain Medicine
Supervisor of Training