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PAIN5017: Disability and Pain Rehabilitation

The interface between pain assessment and treatment and the system of compensation for workplace-related injury and disability is the focus of this subject. Accordingly the role of pain management in rehabilitation following occupational injury or illness is addressed, together with the medical, legal, insurer, employer, trade union and rehabilitation provider perspectives and roles in providing protection, advocacy, compensation and treatment. Legislative and attitudinal changes in the social environment relating to occupational injury and treatment are considered together with challenges for pain management arising from dysfunction in the system of rehabilitation following injury.

Code PAIN5017
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Discuss and demonstrate an understanding of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and how pain interacts with and is informed by the classification’s concepts of activity, participation and contextual factors
  • LO2. Assess the evidence of effectiveness of pain rehabilitation in the context of specific injuries and health conditions that are associated with chronic disability
  • LO3. Acquire knowledge of key rehabilitation issues and potential barriers related to disabling health conditions
  • LO4. Design and manage a pain rehabilitation program, including (where relevant) return to work and community participation strategies
  • LO5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the health professional in assisting people with chronic pain and disability
  • LO6. Assess the evidence regarding compensation and litigation and their implications for people with chronic pain.

Unit outlines

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