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PAINRefresh: Multidisciplinary Pain Management Workshop

Assessing and managing patients with acute and chronic pain conditions
Based on Sydney Medical School's internationally recognised postgraduate program in pain management, this workshop is aimed at all health professionals interested in pain management.

About the workshop

PAINRefresh is arguably the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary pain workshop worldwide! 

The workshop integrates basic science, research outcomes and clinical applications. The content is based on the International Association for the Study of Pain’s (IASP) interprofessional core curriculum and the faculty includes experienced clinicians and internationally recognised specialists.

The objective is to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in assessing and managing patients with acute and/or chronic pain conditions.

Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. For more information about this event, upcoming dates or to register, please go to the Sydney Health Executive Education (SHEEd) website.

Who should attend?

All health professionals who deal with pain and pain-related problems. This includes doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dentists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and students in all health disciplines.

Why attend?

  • The workshop is comprehensive and a convenient way of updating your familiarity and skills in this challenging area.
  • Presenters include practising clinicians and internationally recognised leaders in the field of pain management.
  • There will be opportunity for discussion with speakers both during sessions and meal breaks.
  • The venue is purpose built, close to parking stations and great cafes, and easily accessible by public transport.

What will be covered?

During PAINRefresh, participants will be provided a comprehensive overview of all major aspects of pain management, integrating basic science with its clinical application. The content is based on the IASP endorsed Master of Medicine (Pain Management) and Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) programs offered through the University of Sydney. 

  • concepts and assessment of pain
  • concepts of treatment of pain
  • epidemiology
  • overview of musculoskeletal pain problems
  • early intervention
  • opioid tapering
  • pain in children and in older people
  • psychology & psychological contributors of pain
  • neurobiology of pain (peripheral, spinal & brain)
  • pain conditions (neuropathic, visceral, headache, low-back pain, whiplash)
  • pharmacology of pain
  • disability, pain and rehabilitation
  • cancer pain and cancer survivorship
  • orofacial pain
  • acute pain services
  • pain and sleep


“As a day to day practicing clinical psychologist working in the area of pain management it was timely to stop and revisit the latest research and practices from some of the best in their field.”

“An outstanding overview of pain management, an excellent appetiser for the novice, a pertinent refresher for the current practitioner and a setting of the bar for future pain clinicians/academics.”

“The multidisciplinary approach and audience - one of the best aspects was group exercises where interdisciplinary discussion was fostered.”

“Well organised, excellent speakers, current evidence-based research and all pertinent to chronic pain management.”

“Comprehensive overview of both theory of pain/mechanisms and practical interventions and skills for varied pain populations.”

“Thank you for the wonderful, professional, and above all rewarding 8 days of pain management. It is without doubt the most intellectually challenging program that I have completed since my long past university days.”