Chronic pain occurs across the lifespan and is the symptom of many common health problems, including headaches, abdominal pain, cancer, arthritis and back pain. With the appropriate treatment, people who visit a pain clinic for pain relief and management experience an improvement in their chronic pain. This course will give you the skills to help manage the burden of an individual’s pain.
Our Master’s program allows you to specialise in the orofacial pain pathway. Orofacial pain has become a recognised specialty in some countries. There is a large unmet need for well-trained health care practitioners to manage patients presenting with complex orofacial pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and headache problems. Medical and dental practitioners often comment on the need for an avenue to direct such difficult patients.
This course is delivered entirely online and has been designed to be undertaken while you are working full-time, with the option of taking between 6 and 12 credit points per semester. You can take your time in completing this course, from two-years to a longer period depending on your needs.
Our units of study are case-based and clinically focused. They are designed to improve your understanding of pain management and develop your ability to diagnose, investigate and manage patients presenting with pain disorders. This course is also excellent preparation for the fellowship exam of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
Our teachers are local and international academic clinicians and researchers including neuroscientists, anaesthetists, pharmacologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists and researchers. All are widely experienced in pain management. For those who wish to pursue the orofacial pain pathway, it provides a unique breadth of teaching and clinical expertise in core pain management concepts and specific issues in orofacial pain management.
This course is available at graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master’s level and 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.