Pain Interventions (Module 3)

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


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 this module participants will:

  • Have reviewed the physiology of pain mechanisms
  • Be able to use selected instruments to assess pain, pain-related mechanisms and the impact of pain
  • Be able to apply a clinical reasoning process to develop a biopsychosocial formulation
  • Know the evidence to support the use of interventions commonly used in the management of people with pain
  • Be able to deliver treatment using motor imagery, TENS, group exercise, group facilitated relaxation and group facilitated collaborative problem solving
  • Understand that it is the clinician’s ethical responsibility to know the mechanisms of the meaning response and reflectively consider how it may impact on treatment
  • Be familiar with the principles of the pharmacological management of acute and chronic pain


Pre-recorded lectures and 1 Day live workshop 



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

Prof. Romy Parker (PhD)

Dr. Roland van Rensburg (Clinical Pharmacologist)

This course aims to provide prescribing health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to use an evidence-informed, mechanism-based approach for the management of people with pain. This course will use a combined didactic and workshop approach. Attendees will be given pre-recorded lectures on pain physiology, mechanism-based clinical reasoning, and the pharmacology of drugs used in pain management. Attendees will then participate in a one-day, online workshop where the facilitators will present cases and engage attendees in clinical reasoning processes for the assessment and management of pain with a focus on multi-modal biopsychosocial 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 substitution therapies, opioid sparing agents, and holistic biopsychosocial management.
  • Have a framework for the approach to managing patients with psychiatric comorbidities
  • Have reflected on the ethical issues of prescriber burnout in pain management

Next Event

Principles of Pain (Module 1)

Lecturers: Romy Parker & Bev Bolton

26 & 27 November 2021

Online via Zoom 

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