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Study pain management at Sydney

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Pain Management provides advanced education in pain management for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management. 

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

The certificate is recognised for Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Professional Standards Program points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

The Graduate Certificate in Pain Management is embedded within the Master of Medicine (Pain Management) and Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management).

You may choose to complete the graduate certificate or use it as a pathway into a master's degree in this discipline, subject to meeting admission requirements.

For further information please contact us at paineducation.admin@sydney.edu.au or call +61 2 9463 1516.

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Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The University of Sydney pain management courses explore the problem of pain in the community and the role of health professionals in managing and treating a range of pain conditions. You will learn to prevent acute and sub-acute pain from progressing to chronic and disabling pain, and how to work with other health professionals to achieve this goal.

Students complete 24 credit points of online coursework. The coursework comprises four core units of study. Registered students are provided with a username and password that allows them to access a protected course website. The website provides study guides with lecture notes as well as extracts from relevant journals and textbooks. Interactive multimedia tutorials are also provided in some units.

Computer conferencing allows students and staff to maintain regular contact. Assessment is by essays, case studies and online activities. Marks are also given for the contribution students make to online discussion.

The Graduate Certificate in Pain Management is made up of 24 credit points and consists of 0.5 years of full-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for the Graduate Certificate in Pain Management will hold:

  • a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline and completed a minimum of two years work equivalent to a first or second class honours bachelor's degree or pass a preliminary examination(s) as prescribed by the school.

In exceptional circumstances, the faculty may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. Please be advised that statement of intent is a mandatory document for this program.

For statement of intent , please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program.

Professional accreditation

This course is recognised for Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Professional Standards Program points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Our degree program has been endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Career Pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Pain Management is designed and offered to improve the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and thus improve the services offered to patients in pain.

This course is not a pathway to a specialist qualification, however it is acknowledged that the course provides an excellent preparation for the Fellowship exam of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Domestic students

International students

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