Just like the old-school Milk Bar, you have the option to pick ‘n’ mix your pre-conference workshop selection. For example, you may want to attend the Fundamentals of Pain Workshop in the morning and then head over to the Acute Pain afternoon session. This gives you the freedom to customise your conference experience.

All workshops will be recorded, giving delegates the opportunity to purchase and enjoy two concurrent workshops if they wish.

Date: Sunday 11 April 2021


Acute Pain (Morning and Afternoon Workshops)

I’ve Got Your ‘Back’

This workshop will focus on back pain, from both acute and chronic pain perspectives. Topics covered by a wide range of speakers will include medications, surgical intervention evidence, physiotherapy interventions, gerontology management and back pain in pregnancy. This workshop will also cover diverse topics such as placebo, communication skills, front line pain management and the importance to do no harm.  This workshop is targeted to all health care workers, nursing, allied health and medical, including GPs’.

Workshop proudly sponsored by:

Fundamentals of Pain (Morning Workshop)

The Foundations of Pain pre-conference workshop is a succinct overview of the physiology, clinical assessment, and management of pain. The workshop is aimed at the general practitioner, specialist or allied health clinician looking for an introduction to, or update on, persistent pain management. 

This workshop is grounded in a biopsychosocial understanding of pain mechanisms and developing a mechanism-based approach to pain management. 

This workshop will compliment those with an interest in attending an afternoon session of pharmacology, acute pain or physiotherapy topics.

Pain in Childhood (Morning Workshop)

This workshop aims to provide clinicians managing persistent pain in young people with updates and practical tips. In our first session we will explore prognostic factors for pain and disability in young people at presentation, then move on to the influence of parents on outcomes in children with persistent pain. This will be followed an introduction to the framework used at Children’s Hospital Westmead for understanding the body systems that mediate stress-induced somatic symptoms, including pain.

The second session will be an interactive multidisciplinary multistate panel case presentation taking the audience through an ED presentation through inpatient assessment, formulation, and management of a complex patient in an outpatient rehabilitation model.

NEW: Pain Management in Aged Care (Morning Workshop)

Pain management presents unique challenges in aged care regarding assessment, medication management and access to non-pharmacological, evidence based treatment options. The aged care patient may have multiple physical, psychological and social/contextual morbidities increasing the complexity of providing evidence-based pain care. This interactive workshop will discuss the best practice of pain management in the aged with adherence to the Aged Care Quality Standards Framework as well as best practice recommendations from various therapeutic frameworks e.g. RACGP, Palliative Care, National Prescribing Service. Further, this interactive workshop will draw on the expertise of the audience, instigating multi-disciplinary discussions to identify current barriers and a road map in going forward.

Basic Pain Research (Afternoon Workshop)

This workshop will showcase the latest in Australian basic pain research from early career and senior researchers, and provide a forum for the BPR network to discuss mechanisms of nociception and pain across all levels of investigation: from molecular and cellular analyses, to studies in animals and humans (pre-clinical or clinical).

This online workshop is open to all basic researchers and clinician scientists, and this year has a particular focus on studies in osteoarthritis that provide a new mechanistic understanding or reveal new targets that may support the management of inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

Pharmacology in Pain Management (Afternoon Workshop)

Management of Low Back Pain: What’s in Your Tool Box?

In line with the 2021 Global Year Against Back Pain, this interactive workshop will address topics associated with early identification and management options of low back pain.  The workshop will focus on current evidence based pharmacological options in managing low back pain, exploring the safety and efficacy of current treatment options, discussing patient expectations of the role they play and the role of the clinician in rationalising their usage.  Importantly, we will consider how to assess, identify early contributors to chronic low back pain and what we can do to mitigate the progression from subacute to chronic low back pain. Neuropathic low back pain remains under-recognised and undertreated. This workshop will look at differential diagnosis of neuropathic pain in low back pain, treatment options and how to apply our learnings into clinical practice.  The fascinating area of placebo in chronic low back pain will conclude this program, in particular considering how we can harness its power in clinical practice. The workshop will include interactive case studies for practical application of principles that will be addressed by the various multidisciplinary expert speakers. There will be opportunities for questions and networking with peers, so that current evidence-based science can be optimised in everyday practice.

Physiotherapy in Pain Management (Afternoon Workshop)

So You Think You Know What Psychologically Informed Practice Is

This workshop is appropriate for any clinician! Every treating practitioner has a psychological approach to their clinical practice, whether they consider it or not!  We all strive to utilise psychological approaches which are most likely to achieve a positive outcome for our patients.

But, do we really know what those approaches are?  Do we know what evidence those approaches are based on?  Do we know how to incorporate the best of those approaches into our own style of intervention?

The workshop will be highly practical, provoking attendees to consider HOW they deliver treatment to their patients.

This will be immediately useful in clinical practice.

For further information on each of the Pre-Conference Workshops, please visit the conference website here.

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About Australian Pain Society

The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary body aiming to relieve pain and related suffering through leadership in clinical practice, education, research and public advocacy.


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