Professional Certificate in Pain Sciences

This two course professional certificate is designed for qualified health professionals seeking an opportunity to advance their understanding and skills in the assessment and management of pain. The courses will cover pain models, mechanisms and contributors to pain, pain education, clinical assessment and management of pain, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to pain management.

Who should attend?

This certificate is open to health professionals who have clinical experience with patients in pain. Previous completion of undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology and neuroscience is recommended.

The professional certificate is composed of two 4.5 unit courses which are delivered across one year –

Pain Mechanisms and Pain, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management.

Pain Mechanisms

Course aim

The aim of this course is to develop an advanced understanding of the biological and psychosocial contributors to the pain experience and the ability to recognise important clinical pain states.

Course content

Current models for the clinical engagement of pain; the biopsychosocial model of pain; working pain definitions; pain mechanisms and contributors; integration of the pain sciences into clinical reasoning models; pain deconstruction into pathobiological mechanisms; clinical pain states.

Course outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to a pain experience.
  2. Synthesise current models of clinical engagement, including the Biopsychosocial Model and Neurobiological paradigms such as the Pain Mechanism model and Neuromatrix theory, to explain pain.
  3. Describe the interactions of the neuroendocrine, immune, motor, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in pain.
  4. Determine the relevance of the signs and symptoms that are associated with the various pathobiological processes contributing to a pain experience.
  5. Recognise and differentiate important clinical pain states.

Pain, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management

Before commencing this course, students must have successfully completed the course in Pain Mechanisms.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide students with the advanced theory and associated clinical assessment and management skills for patients with chronic pain states, and patients at risk of progressing to chronicity, within a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial framework.

Course content

Psychological, societal and biological risk factors for developing chronic pain; pain and disability assessment tools; pain education; cognitive behavioural therapy, pharmacotherapy, group therapy and multidisciplinary pain clinic management strategies; referral pathways and interdisciplinary collaboration; reporting and communication strategies for patients with chronic pain; minimizing risk factors for prolonged pain and disability.

Course outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the Biopsychosocial approach and the various psychological and neurobiological models which underpin the approach.
  2. Demonstrate an appropriate assessment of a patient with chronic pain.
  3. Differentiate the contributing factors (biological and psychosocial) that influence pain behaviours and contribute to the chronicity of pain in a series of clinical examples. Interpret the significance of these findings to the management of patients.
  4. Monitor pain, disability and recovery using valid, reliable and professionally accepted outcome measures.
  5. Formulate an appropriate management plan, based on pathobiological mechanisms, within a multidisciplinary framework. Incorporate chronic pain management strategies across gender, age, culture, disease and various groups in society into clinical practice.
  6. Explain the pathobiological mechanisms responsible for pain to a layperson using jargon-free language.
  7. Effectively communicate with patients and other personnel within the health care profession with respect to prevention of chronic pain and the assessment and management of people with chronic pain.

Course delivery

Pain Mechanisms is a 12 week course offered internally, with a mix of on campus and online delivery, or externally delivered completely online.

Commencement: Monday 26th February 2018

Pain, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management is a 12 week course offered internally, with a mix of on campus and online delivery, or externally delivered completely online. Enrolment in this course is conditional upon a passing grade in Pain Mechanisms.

Commencement: Monday 23rd July 2018

Assessment

Pain Mechanisms

Essay – 1500 words

Presentation – 20 minutes

Online Activities – 3000 words

Pain, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management

Practical Examination – 1500 words

Presentation – 20 minutes

Online Activities – 3000 words

Cost

Pain Mechanisms   AU$2200.00

Pain Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management AU$2200.00

Total cost of Professional Certificate is AU$4400.00

How to enrol

Download the registration form

Enrolments close:

Pain Mechanisms                                                                      14th February 2018

Pain, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Management                     11th July 2018

Further information

For more course information and course related queries please contact the School of Health Sciences

healthstudy@unisa.edu.au

 

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