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The PAINWorkshops: Core Skills in Pain Management

Learn advanced clinical skills for early psychologically informed intervention in Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and managing patient distress.

The PAINWorkshop short course aims to build additional core knowledge, skills and competence in clinical pain management for all Healthcare Providers and students including GPs, practice nurses, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals.

Chronic pain has been estimated to affect 15.4% (2.75 million) of Australians aged 15 years or older and is increasing due to the ageing population. The cost of pain is high, estimated in Australia to be $AUD73.2 billion annually. The impact of both acute and chronic pain can be significantly reduced by Healthcare Providers being trained, and competent in teaching pain self-management skills to their patients. 

There is accumulating evidence that the prevention of disabling chronic pain should focus on those identified as being at risk of this outcome, especially in the early post-surgery and post-injury/post-onset phases. Importantly, some of the key risk factors for poor outcomes are psychological in nature and, as such, potentially modifiable. They include depressed mood, pain catastrophising, fear and associated avoidance of activities, poor support, and poor job satisfaction. Despite Healthcare Providers reporting they understand the importance of assessing and managing these contributing factors, many lack the confidence to incorporate interventions for the risk factors in their treatments. 

The PAINWorkshop short course aims to build additional core knowledge, skills and competence in clinical pain management for all Healthcare Providers and students including GPs, practice nurses, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals.

Course Outline

Part 1: The Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire - Short-Form (OMPSQ-SF) will be presented and discussed by one of its authors. Its use with patients presenting with pain following a recent injury or first presentation of musculoskeletal pain will be described and discussed. This will include case examples and the participants are welcome to bring their own examples for discussion.

Part 2. Engaging the identified high-risk patients in early pain self-management. We will practice how the information from the initial screening and case formulation can be used to engage your patient in targeted pain self-management that is matched to the patient’s assessed needs.

Part 1: Evidence-based and patient-informed sources of patient distress in pain consultations will be outlined, and an evidence-based framework for responding to patient distress will be introduced. Participants will discuss their experiences and practice using the framework to respond to emotions in small groups with online breakout rooms.

Part 2: Clinicians’ emotions contribute to patient distress, and clinician confidence managing patient distress is essential to their own wellbeing and professional longevity. Part 2 of the workshop provides participants with an evidence-based framework for clinicians to manage their own emotions in challenging patient encounters. Participants will share their experience with each other in small groups and practice emotion management strategies with their peers.      

This course has been designed to be delivered entirely online via Zoom. We recommend you have a reliable internet connection and a desktop or laptop computer if possible. 

Course date Thursday 21 - Friday 22 October 2021
Time

Registration: 8:50am AEDT

Day 1: 9am - 1pm AEDT

Day 2: 9am - 1pm AEDT

Delivery method Online via Zoom (Zoom details to be emailed upon registration)
Course structure

This workshop will be delivered entirely online via Zoom. There will be opportunities for discussion with the course presenters and work in small groups utilising the Zoom Breakout Room feature.

Any relevant course material will be emailed before the course.

Single day rates are available.

CPD 4 CPD Hours per day for allied health professionals
Fees $225 inc GST Day 1 ONLY
$225 inc GST Day 2 ONLY
$295 inc GST Day 1 and 2 Combined
Registration

Registrations close 19th October 2021 11.59pm

Click here to register for this course.

Limited spots available.

Should you have any questions please feel free to email fmh-cpd.events@sydney.edu.au.


Dr Claire

Presented by:

Associate Professor Claire Ashton-James

Assocaite Professor Ashton-James is an established researcher and experienced teacher/trainer in clinician communication and emotion-handling skills. Her workshops are interactive, participant-led, evidence-based, thought-provoking, and promise to challenge assumptions about what "good communication" looks like.

Dr Claire

Presented by:

Professor Michael Nicholas

Professor Michael Nicholas is a clinical psychologist who has an outstanding record of achievement in multidisciplinary pain management, pain education and psychosocial pain research.

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