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Early intervention for injury-related pain

Learn from internationally recognised experts in the field
A one-day masterclass for health professionals to enhance and develop skills in psychologically informed practice when treating musculoskeletal pain. Hear from leading experts on early intervention for injury-related pain.

About the masterclass

Psychologically informed clinical practice has been increasingly recognised in the past 5-10 years as the optimal way to provide early management for acute musculoskeletal injuries and associated pain.

This masterclass presents the opportunity to learn from internationally recognised experts in the field of early intervention for musculoskeletal pain about how you can implement this knowledge into your practice and better help your patients.

The day offers an opportunity to share the knowledge and skills of this rapidly developing approach between clinicians of all relevant disciplines along with compensation scheme agents, administrators and regulators, and consequently, to facilitate research and implementation agendas.

Sessions will focus on the early identification of psychological and social risk factors for delayed recovery as well as the necessary skills for helping patients in dealing with these in the primary-care context. Participants will also learn how to assess when a referral to a psychologist would be appropriate.

Who should attend?

This class is for clinicians working on the front line in primary care (physicians, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, psychologists, osteopaths, nurses and other health professionals) and to compensation scheme agents, administrators and regulators. It will be of particular importance for those health professionals who deal with acute injuries following a work injury or motor-vehicle accident.

CPD points

The day comprises 6.5 hours of professional development. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for these hours at the end of the event.

Date and times

Date: Thursday 14 February 2019

Please register by 8.30am, start time is 9am

Post workshop drinks and canapes run from 5-6pm

Registration and fees

Registration fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on each day. Prices are GST inclusive and are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Registration type

Early bird (until 20 December 2018) $275.00
Full registration (after 20 December 2018) $350.00

Note: If you have already paid the full rate registration fee to attend Week 2 of the 2019 Pain Refresh Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop, you may register for this masterclass for an additional amount. This additional amount is $50 if you register by the early-bird date, or $120 after the early-bird date. Please email for more information.

Refund and cancellation policy

Cancellations before 5pm Monday 14 January 2019 receive a refund of 85% of the registration fee (i.e. less 15% administrative fee). There will be no refunds after this date, however a substitute attendee may be accepted if notice is provided in writing.

The number of registrations is limited to 80 participants. Registrations will close on Friday 1 February 2019.

Register and pay by credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

Alternatively, you can request to have an invoice raised by emailing


Steven is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Örebro University in Sweden and Director of the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP). His current research interests revolve around pain, stress and insomnia, the effectiveness of early psychological interventions and the role of psychological factors in the development and treatment of health problems such as pain or insomnia. He pioneered an early identification system based on psychosocial factors for patients with back pain. His work has also addressed treating the patients identified to prevent the pain problem from becoming chronic. Most recently his work has focused on matching early treatments to subgroups of patients based on each patient's needs. He has also undertaken significant work on rehabilitation of patients suffering persistent pain.

Professor Michael Nicholas is the Director of Pain Education at the Pain Management Research Institute, which is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, and is based at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Michael maintains an active clinical role at the hospital where he directs several pain management programs. He has an international reputation in this field with over 180 publications in scientific journals and books on psychological aspects of pain and pain management. His current research interests include ways of enhancing the self-management of persisting pain, and early psychosocial interventions to prevent disabling chronic pain in injured workers.

Peter is Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University and a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2005). He is internationally recognised as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in Musculoskeletal pain disorders. He has published more than 220 research papers, written numerous book chapters and has been keynote speaker at more than 90 national and international conferences. Peter also consults at Body Logic Physiotherapy where he reviews disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Peter engages in regular fear-exposure activities (mountain biking, climbing, skiing) that often result in personal injury, providing him with personal insights into the relationship between pain and movement.


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