Pain medicine

Multidisciplinary approach to treating and managing chronic pain
We are world leaders in the area of pain medicine and are dedicated to the improving the quality of life of sufferers and discovering new treatments for persistent and chronic pain.

Study options in pain medicine

Postgraduate courses

Our postgraduate courses are offered in conjuction with Sydney Medical School, designed to explore the problem of pain in the community and the role of health professionals in managing and treating a range of pain conditions.

Professional development and short courses

We also offer non-award units of study and run professional development events and short courses for health professionals interested in developing their knowledge further in the field of pain management.

Discover all professional development and short courses in pain medicine.

Postgraduate research

The University offers a range of research opportunites to help you pursue your passion. 

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health visit our postgraduate research page.

About the study of pain medicine

An estimated 20 percent of Australians suffer from persistent pain, making it one of the nation's most costly healthcare problems. 

The Specialty of Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney is committed to easing this burden by bringing together a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, researchers and educators to improve treatments and educate health professionals in better managing patients with chronic pain. 

Our research addresses all forms of pain (acute, chronic non-cancer pain and cancer pain) and informs the postgraduate education programs offered by the Pain Management Research Institute - a joint initiative between the University of Sydney and the Royal North Shore Hospital.

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Learn more about our research into pain management

Our research

As a division of the Kolling Institute, the Pain Management Research Institute comprises basic and translational researchers, and many members are directly involved in clinical treatment, research and education programs. We run an intensive research program investigating mechanisms and treatment of a wide range of severe persistent pain problems that many people suffer. 

Our research pursues the broad theme that persistent pain is a disease entity with its own symptoms, signs and underlying disorders such as abnormal sensory, spinal cord and brain neuronal physiology, neurochemistry, anatomy, and pathology.

The laboratories include: the Cognitive and Behavioural Research Laboratory, Cellular Physiology of Pain Research Laboratory, Pain Management Human Studies Group and the Spinal Cord Injury Pain Clinical Research Laboratory.

For more information see the Pain Management Research Institute.

Head of Specialty

Paul Glare
Professor Paul Glare
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Specialty of Pain Medicine

  • +61 2 9463 1526 (EA to Director)
  • +61 2 9463 1500 (Clinic)
  • +61 2 9463 1516 (Pain Education)
  • Douglas Building, Reserve Road, St Leonards Royal North Shore Hospital

Postgraduate Program Director

Elizabeth Devonshire
Dr Elizabeth Devonshire
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