Positive approaches to chronic pain: self-management is the key

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Presenter: Michael Nicholas

This session will explore a biopsychosocial perspective of chronic pain and its treatment implications. Like all chronic illnesses, chronic pain can only be managed with the active involvement of the patient while the health care provider plays a supportive role. This session will consider the challenges this raises for the practitioner and potential solutions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, the students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between acute and chronic pain and the implications for management

  2. Appreciate the roles of personal and environmental contributors to the impact of persisting pain, their identification and management options.

About Michael

Michael is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Pain Education and Pain Management Programs at the Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital. He has an international reputation in the field of pain, as a clinician, researcher and educator, with over 170 publications and a long history of training all health disciplines on multidisciplinary pain management. He has been on the executive of the Agency for Clinical Innovation’s (ACI) Pain Network since its inception in 2011 and Co-Chair for the last three years. 

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