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  • : Melbourne VIC 3004

This workshop is aimed at teaching basic and up to date approaches to management of acute and chronic pain as practiced in Australia. We base our model on that of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) which is the widely recognized educational body that supports interdisciplinary pain management.


We aim to give you an overview of some pain neurobiology which will enable you to educate your patients about (1)how pain starts and (2) why it may persist and (3)the things that may work (including the evidence for these) and why some treatments fail. We present the clinical pharmacology of analgesics and the rules around prescribing opiates in Australia. You will learn how to measure acute pain and prescribe balanced analgesia for inpatient care. A pain-orientated psychologist will teach you tools that will hope patients cope with pain and help you understand the effects of pain on the patients’ mood and life as well as the influence of the psyche on pain expression. There is an emphasis on safety and some advice given to managing patients who may be seeking opiates for reasons other than pain.

Workshop Structure

The workshop begins with an anonymous quiz which is aimed at finding any areas that may need some updating. We return the class result and give you the answer sheet to take home. We then run the day with interactive sessions: - Topics include a general overview of pain assessment and management, pain procedural interventions, using opiates safely, acute pain management, non- pharmacological approaches, psychological management and case management. There is a further quiz about analgesic names and plenty of handouts and tools supplied. There are some case-based discussions. The workshop is 6 hours in duration and there is a lunch break.

Workshop Importance

Pain is one of most common reasons for presenting to a doctor. It is thus important to have a good understanding of management principles. Poor recognition of the multifaceted aspects of pain can result in over investigating, inappropriate treatments and increased morbidity, mortality and loss of function. Doctors receive little training in most undergraduate medical course about this important topic. This workshop aims to teach the basics and is a foundation on which to build skills and further knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know names of analgesic medications and how they are used
  • Be able to describe pain neurobiology in a simplistic way to help patients understand why their pain may persist and the factors involved in managing pain that need to be addressed
  • Know the rules around safe opioid prescribing
  • Know basic neurobiological terminology
  • Be aware of measures used to reduce pain and those measures used to improve the impact of pain on the patient
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1 Day
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8 Hours
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Melbourne VIC 3004
Room 2, Ground Floor, Aiken head Wing, St. Vincent’s Hospital, 35 Victoria parade, Fitzroy 3065
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