Thursday, September 22nd
10:45am-12:15pm EDT


Topical Workshop




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Health Professionals’ Pain Management Education – Strategy to Action Through Partnership and Engagement

Health professionals pain management education and training is underpinned by the aim of improving the care and lives of people living with pain. To attain this goal, education initiatives need to sit within a broader strategic framework; readily translate into practice in an appropriate and sustainable way; achieve set outcomes; and have positive impact within communities. Authentic ‘partnership and engagement’ with key stakeholders including people with lived experience is critical from strategy / initiative development to implementation to success. This interactive workshop aims to engage participants in exploring and applying a partnership and engagement framework to maximise the impact of their own educational initiatives / research. The workshop team will share learnings from three novel pain education initiatives in Australia and Canada: 1. Development of a national pain management education implementation strategy for health practitioners; 2. A novel empirically-derived framework to strengthen national interdisciplinary pain training, and, 3. Development and implementation of an interfaculty pain curriculum for prelicensure trainees that incorporates multistakeholder needs. Working with guided small group activities, the team will facilitate application of a partnership and engagement framework within the participant’s own interprofessional context. Worksheets with a guide and enduring record of activities, will encourage reflection and analysis.


10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

A Partnership Approach to Strengthen the Pain Training of Health Professionals in Australia

Tracks: Education
Categories: Topical Workshop

This presentation will outline outcomes from a novel priority setting partnership (PSP) project funded by the Australian Government. The PSP was undertaken in collaboration with people living with chronic pain, carers and health professionals working in pain care in a genuine effort to empirically-derive a person-centred interdisciplinary pain training framework. The 'Listen to me, learn from me', framework repositions health workforce training through this partnership lens, with the aim of strengthening training efforts to support high-quality person-centred pain care. The framework is underpinned by 9 training domains, (with 44 specific pain care priorities) with training targets including, empathic validation; effective, respectful, safe communication; ensuring genuine partnerships in co-planning personalised care. This framework is intended as a blueprint to shape Australian interdisciplinary health workforce training with the overall aim of providing better high quality person-centred pain care. The partnership approach to implementation will be discussed, highlighting how the interdisciplinary pain training will be scaled up and how sustainability will be addressed using a digital ecosystem designed for this purpose.

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

The Australian Experience Developing a National Pain Management Education Strategy for Health Professionals

Tracks: Education
Categories: Topical Workshop

A/Prof Meredith Craigie will outline Australia’s approach to improving pain care for all Australians over a twelve-year period.   Following the National Pain Summit held in Canberra, Australia in 2010, a National Pain Strategy was developed to raise the profile of pain from multiple perspectives including advocacy for people with lived experience of pain through to service provision and pain education.  Strong advocacy from Pain Australia and multiple health professional organisations led to the Australian Government funding development of the 2019 National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management.   Further funding has enabled the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists to lead the National Pain Management Education Strategy for Health Practitioners project.  This presentation will focus on the need for developing a national strategy first, engaging with multiple stakeholder groups from the high levels of government, to regulators, tertiary educational institutions through to educators and clinicians, engaging with learners and people with lived experience of pain to develop the strategy and ensure its implementation.
Key insights from the Australian experience of putting strategy into action will inform the facilitated round-table discussions following the presentations.

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

The Interfaculty Pain Curriculum at the University of Toronto

Tracks: Education
Categories: Topical Workshop
Presented By: Dr. Abhimanyu Sud

Will highlight the importance of incorporating patient-oriented and interprofessional pain education into pre-licensure health professions student education, sharing reflections on 20 years of delivering the Interfaculty Pain Curriculum (IPC) at the University of Toronto.

The IPC brings together more than 1000 students from eight health professions for 20 hours of multimodal training to address a persistent need for interprofessional care for pain. Curricular objectives mirror those of the International Association for the Study of Pain Interprofessional Pain Curriculum.  Coordinators, faculty, facilitators, and evaluators reflect the interprofessional nature of the curriculum, which includes people living with pain.



Dr. Meredith J. Craigie

Staff Specialist and Clinical Associate Professor
The University of Adelaide, South Australia

Ms. Leone English

Executive Director
Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Professor Helen Slater

Professor (Musculoskeletal Pain)
Curtin University, Western Australia

Dr. Abhimanyu Sud

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto