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PAINRefresh 2021: 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 2021 is arguably the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary pain workshop worldwide in 2021! The workshop will be held over one week and features two streams of topics to cater for different interests.

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. Welcome drinks will also be provided at the end of the first day.

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.

Dates and times

When: November 2021 - To be confirmed

Please email if you would like to be notified about the 2021 workshop

Each day runs from 8:30am to 4:25pm

Workshop outline

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. 

Topic areas covered

  • 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

Note: Curriculum and speakers subject to final confirmation

Venue and food

Where: Northside Conference Centre
Corner of Oxley St & Pole Lane, Crows Nest NSW 2065

Included: 5-days, fully catered and registration includes welcome drinks and nibbles on the first evening.

Getting here

St Leonards train station is on the T1 North Shore & Northern Line and is a 10 minute walk from Royal North Shore Hospital. It takes approximately 20 minutes to travel by train from St Leonards to Central Station in the city.

There are regular buses running between the upper and lower North Shore, Epping, Ryde and Sydney CBD, that stop on the Pacific Highway nearby St Leonards Station. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from the Highway to the Convention Centre.

Public transport in Sydney uses the OPAL card system. You can still purchase single fare tickets at ticket vending machines. More information is available here:

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The Hume Street Car Park is located directly across from the Northside Conference Centre. 

There are also three additional parking stations run by North Sydney Council, all in close proximity to Northside which are: Holtermann Street, Nicholson Street and Alexander Street. Early bird rates apply at these stations so don’t forget to validate your ticket at the parking station on arrival.

Off-street parking in the area is typically limited to two hours and is generally metered and strictly enforced.

See below for North Sydney Council Parking rates:

Registration and fees

Registrations opening soon.

Please email if you would like to be notified about the 2021 workshop.


“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”.

CPD points

PAINRefresh comprises 32.5 hours of professional development. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for these hours at the end of the event.

More information

Phone: +61 2 9463 1516


More information

Northside Conference Centre