Pain Interventions (Module 3)

Pain Interventions comes in two "flavours" to cater for multiple disciplines.

PAIN INTERVENTIONS for the Rehabilitation Professional:      

2 Day Clinical workshop on evidence-based methods to manage both acute and chronic pain.

CPD: 15


Jacqui Koep (MSc Pain)

Tory Madden (PhD)

Course objectives:

This course aims to provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to use, or refer for evidence-based non-pharmacological interventions for acute or chronic pain. Using a didactic and workshop based curriculum, the facilitators will cover the physiology of interventions, methods of assessment to identify biopsychosocial contributors to pain, mechanisms of placebo analgesia, graded motor imagery, electrophysical agents, integrated pain management programmes, principles of exercise, relaxation and mindfulness practice and principles of pharmacological management. This course is primarily designed for non-prescribing health care professionals but would be advantageous for all health care professionals managing people with complex pain conditions.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to describe the principle mechanisms of action of non-pharmacological interventions
  • Be able to describe and use assessment techniques including questionnaires and clinical tests for pain
  • Be able to describe and apply Graded Motor Imagery
  • Be able to describe mechanisms of action of electrophysical agents for pain and use TENs
  • Have experienced an exercise class for chronic pain patients
  • Have experienced facilitated relaxation for chronic pain patients
  • Be able to describe the principles of exercise prescription for chronic pain
  • Be able to describe the key components of a chronic pain management program
  • Have reflected on the therapeutic relationship, placebo analgesia and the need for implanting evidence based practice

PAIN INTERVENTIONS for the Prescriber:

2 Day workshop   

CPD: 13 including 2 ethics


Dr. Janieke van Nugteren (MB BCh) (FCA) 

Dr. Kerry-Ann Louw (MB ChB) (FCPsych) (MMed) 

Prof. Romy Parker (PhD)

This course aims to provide prescribing health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to use an evidence-informed, mechanism-based approach for use in the management of people with pain. Using a combined didactic and workshop approach, the facilitators will present a mechanism based reasoning model for pain, the evidence for the pharmacological management of pain and conduct case-based workshops with participants to facilitate multi-modal pain management. By the end of the course participants will:

·       Be able to describe the basic physiology of pain and use a mechanism based clinical reasoning model to identify targets for treatment.

·       Be able to develop a multi-modal pain management plan using analgesics, adjuvants and non-pharmacological treatments

·       Understand the background to the opioid epidemic and the consequences of opioid misuse. Be able to identify and manage at risk patients, monitor opioid use and identify aberrant drug related behaviours. Have an approach for the management of opioid misuse including weaning strategies, opioid sparing agents and holistic biopsychosocial management.

·       Have reflected on the ethical issues of prescriber burnout in pain management


Next Event

Medical Communication Skills (Module 2)

Facilitated by: Beverley Bolton & Jacqui Koep

11 & 12 October 2019

George, South Africa

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