Pain Management

10 Units

a course based on videotapes and prescribed reading, involving a critical appraisal of the literature, designed to establish the efficacy and indications of possible pharmacological, physical, electrical, behavioural and surgical managment of pain.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

To provide candidates with means of managing pain in their own community setting, by providing up-to-date information on the available means of treating pain.

To be able to apply the skills of critical reasoning to assess the efficacy of a treatment for pain.

to be able to select for a patient the best plan of management based on a thorough appraisal of the patient’s problems and efficacy of treatment options.

To be able to co-operate with others in an interdisciplinary fashion to obtain optimal management of their patients.


Pharmacology: clinically relevant aspects of pharmacology of paracetamol, opioids, local anaesthetics, NSAIDS, tricyclics, steroids, new agents including pharmacokinetics, routes of delivery, dosage, complicaitons, indications and efficacy.

Physical therapy: efficacy and utility of physical therpaies

Electrotherapy: efficacy and utility of TENS, DCS

Behavioural Therapy: models of behavioural therapy psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, operatn conditioning, characteristic elements of each, evidence of efficacy

Surgery: principles of correctiional surgery for pain, indications and efficacy. Cryosurgery and RF neurotomy - applications and evidence of efficacy, new surgery procedures

How to obtain novel or high-tech treatment: what to expect afterwards, what to look out for and what to do

Replacing Course(s) nil
Assumed Knowledge Previous clinical experience involving interaction with patients and undergraduate knowledge of the principles of pharmacology and medical treatment.
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Class - Multiple choice examination using Type A, type B and Type X questions tesitng knowledge of the indications, mechanisms, and efficacy of various treatments. Assignment on formulating an assessment of one of the candidate's own patients, together with a critical justificatioin of what was and what was not done.
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Requisite by Enrolment This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pain Medicine program.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for MEDI6050
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