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PAINRefresh 2022: 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 2022 is arguably the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary pain workshop worldwide in 2022! The workshop will be held over one week and delivered as a Hybrid Event with topics catered 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. A welcome afternoon tea 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.

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

Note: A final program can be found in the table below.

Key information
Course date: 

This course has concluded for 2022. Please email to be placed on the waitlist for 2023.

8:30am-4:30pm each day (Registration open from 8:15am on day one only). 
A welcome afternoon tea on day one from 3:20 - 4.15pm
Venue: Northside Conference Centre, Corner of Oxley Street and Pole Lane, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Delivery method: 

5-days of learning either in-person or via live-stream with a series of lectures, interactive workshops and discussions.

Participants joining via live-stream will still have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the program and network with other participants online.

2022 program available for download here (PDF, 74.6KB)


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

For more information and to be placed on the waitlist for 2023 please email

Getting there

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:

TripView Lite is a free app for iPhone and Android which provides easy access to Sydney's public transport timetable: 

More information about planning your trip by public transport is available here:

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:


“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”.

More information

Northside Conference Centre