• Pain Medicine Short Course

    Pain Medicine Short Course

    Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Course Modules

Six modules will be offered in this course released on a weekly basis.

There are no assessments for this short course.

Module 1 - Pain Primer

  • Learn normal and abnormal pain physiology.
  • Differentiate nociceptive, nociplastic and neuropathic pain.
  • Learn mechanisms of action and clinical considerations in using analgesic medications.

Module 2 - Pain history taking

  • Understand the biopsychosocial model of clinical pain assessment.
  • Learn clinical history taking in pain medicine.

Module 3 - Pre-hospital optimisation of patient prior to surgery

  • Appreciate the role of pre-operative psychological and pharmacological optimisation prior to surgery.
  • Be aware of risk factors for persistent post-surgical pain and persistent opioid use after surgery.

Module 4 - In-hospital peri-operative management of pain

  • Understand principles of acute pain management.
  • Determine strategies for acute pain management in difficult patient populations.

Module 5 - Post-hospital management of pain after surgery

  • Appreciate the expect pain trajectory after surgery.
  • Develop strategies to manage pain after surgery within the real-world context.
  • Appreciate opioid risk-mitigation strategies in post-operative context.

Module 6 - Complex regional pain syndrome

  • Understand physiology and clinical implications of patients with a past history of CRPS.
  • Learn how to recognise and manage acute CRPS.
  • Learn how to manage a patient with a past history of CRPS in peri-operative context.

Please note: Course modules may be subject to change. Last Updated: December 2023