An estimated 20 percent of Australians suffer from persistent pain, making it one of the nation's most costly healthcare problems.
The Discipline of Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney is committed to easing this burden by bringing together a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers and educators to improve treatments and educate health professionals in better managing patients with chronic pain.
Our research addresses all forms of pain (acute, chronic non-cancer pain and cancer pain) and informs the postgraduate education programs offered by the Pain Management Research Institute - a joint initiative between the University of Sydney and the Royal North Shore Hospital.
Learn more about our research into pain management
Our postgraduate courses are offered in conjuction with Sydney Medical School, designed to explore the problem of pain in the community and the role of health professionals in managing and treating a range of pain conditions.
We also offer non-award units of study and run professional development events and short courses for health professionals interested in developing their knowledge further in the field of pain management.
As a division of the Kolling Institute, the Pain Management Research Institute comprises basic and translational researchers, and many members are directly involved in clinical treatment, research and education programs. We run an intensive research program investigating mechanisms and treatment of a wide range of severe persistent pain problems that many people suffer.
Our research pursues the broad theme that persistent pain is a disease entity with its own symptoms, signs and underlying disorders such as abnormal sensory, spinal cord and brain neuronal physiology, neurochemistry, anatomy, and pathology.
The laboratories include: the Cognitive and Behavioural Research Laboratory, Cellular Physiology of Pain Research Laboratory, Pain Management Human Studies Group and the Spinal Cord Injury Pain Clinical Research Laboratory.
For more information see the Pain Management Research Institute.