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PAINRefresh 2020: Multidisciplinary Pain Management Workshop

Assess and manage patients with acute and chronic pain conditions
Based on Sydney Medical School's postgraduate program in pain management, this two-week workshop provides health professionals with a comprehensive overview of all aspects of pain management.

About the workshop

PAINRefresh 2020, arguably the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary pain workshop worldwide in 2020! The workshop will be held over 1 week and features 2 streams of topics to cater for different interests.

The workshop integrates basic science, research outcomes and clinical applications. The content is based on the International Association for the Study of Pain’s (IASP) interprofessional core curriculum and the faculty includes experienced clinicians and internationally recognised specialists.

The objective is to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in assessing and managing patients with acute and/or chronic pain conditions.

Registration covers all food and drinks (lunch, morning and afternoon tea). Welcome drinks on first evening.

Who should attend?

All health professionals who deal with pain and pain-related problems. This includes doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dentists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and students in all health disciplines.

Why attend?

  • The workshop is comprehensive and a convenient way of updating your familiarity and skills in this challenging area.
  • Presenters include practising clinicians and internationally recognised leaders in the field of pain management.
  • There is plenty of time for discussion with speakers during the sessions and in the breaks
  • The venue is purpose built, surrounded by great cafes, and accessible by car and public transport.


Dates and times

When: Mon Feb 3rd- Fri Feb 7th, 2020

Each day runs from 830am to 4:25pm

Workshop outline

During PAINRefresh, participants will be provided a comprehensive overview of all major aspects of pain management, integrating basic science with its clinical application. The content is based on the IASP endorsed Master of Medicine (Pain Management) and Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) programs offered through the University of Sydney. 

Topic areas covered

  • concepts and assessment of pain
  • concepts of treatment of pain
  • epidemiology
  • overview of musculoskeletal pain problems
  • early intervention
  • opioid tapering
  • pain in children and in older people
  • psychology & psychological contributors of pain
  • neurobiology of pain (peripheral, spinal & brain)
  • pain conditions (neuropathic, visceral, headache, low-back pain, whiplash)
  • pharmacology of pain
  • disability, pain and rehabilitation
  • cancer pain and cancer survivorship
  • orofacial pain
  • acute pain services.
  • pain and sleep

Note: Curriculum and speakers subject to final confirmation

Venue and food

Where: Northside Conference Centre, Crows Nest, Sydney, NSW

Included: 5-days, fully catered and registration includes welcome drinks and nibbles on the first evening.

Registration and fees

Early Bird Registration (before November 1st): $930 inc. GST
Normal Registration $1090 inc. GST

Follow this link to register now as we have limited places.


“As a day to day practicing clinical psychologist working in the area of pain management it was timely to stop and revisit the latest research and practices from some of the best in their field.”

“An outstanding overview of pain management, an excellent appetiser for the novice, a pertinent refresher for the current practitioner and a setting of the bar for future pain clinicians/academics”

“The multidisciplinary approach and audience - one of the best aspects was group exercises where interdisciplinary discussion was fostered”

“Well organised, excellent speakers, current evidence-based research and all pertinent to chronic pain management”

“Comprehensive overview of both theory of pain/mechanisms and practical interventions and skills for varied pain populations”

“Thank you for the wonderful, professional, and above all rewarding 8 days of pain management. It is without doubt the most intellectually challenging program that I have completed since my long past university days”.

CPD points

PAINRefresh comprises 32.5 hours of professional development. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for these hours at the end of the event.

More information

Phone: +61 2 9463 1516



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