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


Topical Workshop




713 A

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

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.


Dr. Meredith J. Craigie

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