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Pain management multidisciplinary 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

This two-week workshop provides participants with a comprehensive overview of all major aspects of pain management, integrating basic science with its clinical application. The content is based on the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) core curriculum and facilitated by nationally and internationally recognised specialists in the field of pain management. 

The workshop sessions have been developed to increase participant knowledge and skills in assessing and managing patients with acute and/or chronic pain conditions.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for nurses, doctors, dentists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, pharmacists and other health professionals with an interest in learning about current views and approaches to the assessment and management of pain. 

Workshop outline

A comprehensive overview of all major aspects of pain management, integrating basic science with its clincial 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. 

The problem of pain

During the first week, participants will be introduced to the extent of the problem and explore pain contributors and assessment.

Topic areas include:

  • concepts and assessment of pain
  • epidemiology
  • overview of musculoskeletal pain problems
  • early intervention
  • psychology of pain
  • psychological contributors of pain
  • pharmacology of pain
  • disability, pain and rehabilitation
  • neurobiology related to mechanisms of pain
  • cancer pain and cancer survivorship
  • orofacial pain
  • acute pain services.
The management of pain

Over the second week, participants will explore current principles of pain management.

Topic areas include:

  • musculoskeletal pain assessment
  • neuropathic and visceral pain management
  • neuroimmune aspects of pain
  • post-surgical pain
  • pain and addiction
  • pain in children and older people
  • placebo analgesia
  • headache
  • mood, personality disorders and suicide
  • complementary therapies
  • pain and sleep.

Note: Curriculum and speakers subject to final confirmation

Week 1 and week 2 workshops are offered as a package and attendance at both is ideal but not essential.

For students enrolled in our postgraduate pain management program, please note that the content of week 1 is essentially equivalent to content covered during your first semester of study and that the content of week 2 is very similar to that of your second semester.

CPD points

Each week comprises 24 hours of professional development. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for these hours at the end of the event.

2019 workshop dates and times

Week 1: Mon 4 Feb - Thu 7 Feb 2019    
Week 2: Mon 11 Feb - Thu 14 Feb 2019

Each day runs from 9am until 4:30pm. 

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

Week 1 Week 2 Both Weeks
Standard $880.00 $880.00 $1760.00
Current Australian university students** $800.00 $800.00 $1600.00
Current University of Sydney staff $800.00 $800.00 $1600.00
Current University of Sydney pain management degree student* $250.00 $250.00 $500.00

*Reduced workshop registration fees are offered for University of Sydney students who are currently enrolled in either the Master of Medicine (Pain Management) or the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at any of their available levels. 

**Proof of current Australian University enrolment will be required

Refund and cancellation policy

Cancellations before 5pm Friday 25 January 2019 receive a 90% refund of the registration fee (i.e. less 10% administrative fee). There will be no refunds after this date.

The number of registrations is limited to 50 participants. Registrations will close on Friday 25 January 2019.

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

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


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