2023 Pain Medicine Short Course

Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Offered in May and October
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Registration opens
16 January 2023

Registration closes
May Course - 30 April
October Course - 24 September

  • Why do the course

    This course is an introductory overview to perioperative and acute-on-chronic pain management relevant for medical, nursing and allied health staff. Through following the journey of a patient with chronic pain who needs acute care and new surgery, participants will develop an appreciation of the burden of chronic pain, the mechanisms behind both acute and chronic pain, how to best assess patients with pain and ways we can modify the patient experience to help minimise the burden of pain in these patients.

     

    Objectives

    • Identify mechanisms of acute and chronic pain.
    • Explain the role of biological, psychological, and social factors in the development and perpetuation of pain.
    • Identify mechanisms of action and clinical considerations in using common analgesics.
    • Identify risk factors for persistent post-surgical pain and persistent opioid use after surgery and risk mitigation strategies.
    • Analyse various techniques to assess patients in pain, including diverse population groups.
    • Explain the role of preoperative pain optimisation, using pharmacological and non-pharmacological techniques.
    • Identify the physiology and clinical implications of patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
     

    Course Dates

    • May Course: 8 May - 16 June 2023
    • October Course: 2 October - 10 November 2023
     

    Information

    • Six-week course and six modules (one released each week).
    • Allows for flexibility in work patterns – once a module is released weekly, lectures and reading material can be viewed at own pace and at any time.
    • Online only; no on-campus attendance required.
    • Each module consists of a reading package, journal articles, short videos, podcasts and interactive knowledge check sections or a combination of these.
    • No assessment (nor minimum pass mark).
    • All participants have an additional month to complete the modules.
    • You can download the Certificate of Completion at the end of the course if you have accessed and completed all the course modules and the final course survey.
     

    Time Commitment:

    4 - 6 hours per week (on average)

     
  • Eligibility

    This course is aimed at any clinical staff who would like an introductory overview to perioperative and acute-on-chronic pain management.

    This includes but is not limited to:

    • Doctors (all specialties)
    • Nurses
    • Allied Health
     
  • Course Modules

    Six modules will be offered in this course released on a weekly basis.

    There are no assessments for this short course.

    Module 1 - Pain Primer

    • Learn normal and abnormal pain physiology.
    • Differentiate nociceptive, nociplastic and neuropathic pain.
    • Learn mechanisms of action and clinical considerations in using analgesic medications.

    Module 2 - Pain history taking

    • Understand the biopsychosocial model of clinical pain assessment.
    • Learn clinical history taking in pain medicine.

    Module 3 - Pre-hospital optimisation of patient prior to surgery

    • Appreciate the role of pre-operative psychological and pharmacological optimisation prior to surgery.
    • Be aware of risk factors for persistent post-surgical pain and persistent opioid use after surgery.

    Module 4 - In-hospital peri-operative management of pain

    • Understand principles of acute pain management.
    • Determine strategies for acute pain management in difficult patient populations.

    Module 5 - Post-hospital management of pain after surgery

    • Appreciate the expect pain trajectory after surgery.
    • Develop strategies to manage pain after surgery within the real-world context.
    • Appreciate opioid risk-mitigation strategies in post-operative context.

    Module 6 - Complex regional pain syndrome

    • Understand physiology and clinical implications of patients with a past history of CRPS.
    • Learn how to recognise and manage acute CRPS.
    • Learn how to manage a patient with a past history of CRPS in peri-operative context.

    Please note: Course modules may be subject to change. Last Updated: December 2022

  • Continual Professional Development

    Whilst this course is not directly registered for CPD points please contact your respective College to see if CPD points are possible.

  • 2023 May course

    WeekDateModule Name
      Tuesday 16 January Registration opens 10 AM AEST  
      Sunday 30 April Registration closes 12 PM AEST  
      1 May Website opens - 1 week prior to course starting
    1 8 May Pain Primer
    2 15 May Pain History Taking
    3 22 May Pre-hospital Optimisation of Patient prior to Surgery
    4 29 May In-hospital Peri-operative Management of Pain
    5 5 June Post-hospital Management of Pain after Surgery
    6 12 June CRPS (Complex regional pain syndrome)
      19 June - 16 July Certificates issued (All of the course modules have to be reviewed to obtain the Certificate of Completion)  
      17 July 23:59 AEST Course completion and website access disabled  


    2023 October course

    WeekDateModule NameLecturer
      Tuesday 16 January Registration opens 10 AM AEST  
      Sunday 24 September Registration closes 12 PM AEST  
      25 September Website opens - 1 week prior to course starting
    1 2 October Pain Primer
    2 9 October Pain History Taking
    3 16 October Pre-hospital Optimisation of Patient prior to Surgery
    4 23 October In-hospital Peri-operative Management of Pain
    5 30 October Post-hospital Management of Pain after Surgery
    6 6 November CRPS (Complex regional pain syndrome)
      13 November - 11 December Certificates issued (All of the course modules have to be reviewed to obtain the Certificate of Completion)  
      11 December 23:59 AEST Course completion and website access disabled  
  • Registration

    Opens
    16 January 2023

    Closes
    May Course - 30 April
    October Course - 24 September

    Doctors: AUD $800 (inc GST)
    Nurses/Allied Health Professionals/Other: AUD $400 (including GST)

    Please note:
    All registrants will be required to provide proof of specialty registration

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    50% Refund
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