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Pain management

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed to update and increase the nurse’s knowledge of pain assessment. The short course will cover physiological pathways of pain and address their significance in relation to acute, chronic and cancer pain. It will also include strategies that can be used for assessing pain and the effective alleviation of individual experiences of pain.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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Fees

RN member $327.00 RN non-member $385.00
EN member $269.00EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • identify the physiological aspects of pain and pain pathways
  • discuss the combinations of pharmacological therapies in the management of pain
  • explain the modes of action of analgesics and how they affect different types of pain
  • review non-pharmacological strategies to manage pain
  • demonstrate the use of pain assessment tools
  • demonstrate effective management of acute and chronic pain
  • discuss the implications of cancer pain
  • explain how psychological factors impact pain and how this affects the patient and family.

Program outline

Day 1

8.45am

Registration and welcome

9.00am

What is pain?

10.00am

Assessment of pain

11.00am

Morning tea 

11.15am

Pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management – part one

12.15pm

Lunch 

1.00pm

Pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management – part two

2.00pm

Chronic pain management and advanced pain modalities

3.15pm

Afternoon tea

3.30pm

IV access and pain management

4.45pm 

Close day one

Day 2

9.00am

Palliative care and EOL issues 

10.00am

Wound pain management 

11.00am

Morning tea 

11.15am

PCA/epidurals/opiate infusions – side effects and complications

12.30pm

Lunch 

1.15pm

Aged care and pain management 

2.15pm

Paediatric pain management

3.15pm 

Afternoon tea 

3.30pm

Psychological aspects of pain – the multidisciplinary approach

4.45pm

Evaluation and finish