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"Expert consensus and a growing body of research says that best-practice

pain management often requires coordinated interdisciplinary assessment and management involving, at a minimum, physical, psychological, and environmental risk factors in each patient."

- National Pain Strategy, 2010




NPS MedicineWise Chronic Pain Issue

Defining 'chronic pain' | Five reasons not to prescribe opioids | Management strategies used by people with chronic pain | GPs manage the majority of chronic pain patients | Expert reviewer and references


Fast Facts

All health professionals, regardless of specialty, will care for patients with pain that has persisted for more than 6 months. Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain distils a large amount of pain-related evidence into a highly accessible overview of a variety of chronic pain syndromes. Its practical format is aimed to bring busy health professionals – most of whom are well aware that they have experienced little or no pain management education or training – up to speed with the latest information on chronic and cancer pain. 


GP Access

Triage Guide for General Practitioners

This guide is designed to assist general practice staff in making treatment and referral decisions and prioritising patient appointments. The tool is driven by the patient's stated primary presenting symptom. It is important wherever possible to speak directly to the patient or carer (with the patient present) where possible.


Pain BC

Access a current listing of Pain BC's upcoming programs for health care providers, with links to pricing and registration.


Pain Management Network

Management of Chronic Pain

The tools and resources required to manage chronic pain will vary depending on the individual needs ofthe patient. Click on the heading that is relevant to your patient for management options and resources for both clinicians and patients.


Pain Management Network

Chronic Pain Toolkit for Clinicians

Early assessment and effective management of pain is essential to prevent its progression to Chronic Pain.


NSW Kids + Families healthy, safe and well website

Provides training and educational resources for GPS and primary care professionals to help them effectively engage with 12-24 year olds - NSW Health


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions across the life stages

Online Resources For Nurses and Patients has released a list of useful resources for pain management 
The Mystery of Chronic Pain
Dr Krane talks on the YouTube educational platform, TedEducation
Emergency Care Acute Pain Management Manual
National Health and Medical Research Council 
Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities
Australian Pain Society
The PMG Kit for Aged Care
An implementation kit to accompany The Australian Pain Society's Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Management Strategies - Edith Cowan University
Pain Management Process
Australian Pain Society
NSW Standardised Pain Charts (Adults) View
Assessment tools and resources to assist in populating a Pain Management Plan

The Agency for Clinical Innovation

Management Tools for Chronic Pain

The Agency for Clinical Innovation



NPS MedicineWise


To encourage a multimodal approach to chronic pain treatment, NPS MedicineWise is releasing a suite of learning products as part of our Chronic Pain educational visiting program. There are also a range of tools attracting CPD points to assist your treatment of patients with chronic pain.



Media releases about chronic pain can be found here.


International Association for the Study of Pain Fact Sheets


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    Pain in the Joints Part 1     
 Pain in the Joints Part 2   

        Pain in the Joints Part 3         


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IASP Fact Sheets Series

Patellofemoral Joint Pain



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IASP Fact Sheets Series

Neuropathic Pain

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IASP Fact Sheets Series

Headache Pain



IASP Fact Sheets Series

Visceral Pain

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IASP Fact Sheets Series

Orofacial Pain




Reading list


the senses a comprehensive reference sixvolume


The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference, Six-Volume Set This book presents the most current scientific understanding behind most common pain disorders. Clinical scientists involved in pain science will gain a basic understanding of the causes of many types of pain and will be able to discuss various therapies with patients. Researchers new to pain science will gain an overall understanding of pain pathophysiology and targets for pain treatments. .

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Fast Facts: Chronic Pain & Cancer Pain  The authors, renowned experts in pain medicine, say this book is aimed primarily at "the wide range of busy healthcare professionals who are well aware that they have experienced little or no education and training to help them manage patients with chronic pain".

 the pain book copy

 The Pain Book Authors of The Pain Book have devoted much of their lives to help people in finding hope when it hurts. Professor Philip Siddall is a specialist pain medicine physician, active researcher and is a sought-after speaker and writer on pain.

 Manage your pain

Manage your Pain - Manage Your Pain (3rd edition) is an Australian bestseller and self-management book developed by Prof Michael Nicholas along with a multidisciplinary team of pain specialists.

 explain pain

Explain Pain - A ground-breaking concept in its content and presentation, Explain Pain demystifies the process of understanding and managing pain. It brings the body to life in a way that makes an interesting read for therapists and pain sufferers alike.



IOM: Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research - In this report, the IOM offers a blueprint for action in transforming prevention, care, education, and research, with the goal of providing relief for people with pain in America. To reach the vast multitude of people with various types of pain, the nation must adopt a population-level prevention and management strategy.


Cover Pelvic Pain Report

A ground-breaking report The $6 Billion Woman and the $600 Million Girl, investigated the impact of pelvic pain in Australia.  Prepared by the Painaustralia Pelvic Pain Steering Committee comprising Gynaecologist, Pain Medicine Physicians Dr Susan Evans (SA) and Professor Theirry Vancaille (Royal Women's Hospital), and Ms Deborah Bush QSM, CEO and Founder Endometriosis New Zealand.


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Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain - In order to help women navigate the pelvic pain conundrum, leading gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Susan Evans has released Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain, a new and revised edition (first published in 2005). Produced in collaboration with Deborah Bush QSM, the paperback contains a wealth of information as well as stories from women who suffer pelvic pain.


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Oxford Pain Management Library Series:

 managing persistent pain

Managing Persistent Pain in Adolescents, A Handbook for Therapists

Rogers, an occupational therapist at Royal Children's Hospital, Australia, promotes a multidisciplinary approach to pain management in adolescent patients, acknowledging that persistent pain is a complex biopsychosocial problem.


 pain a textbook for therapists

Pain: a textbook for Therapists

This is the first complete textbook designed for physiotherapists and occupational therapists on the topic of pain. It was developed for use in conjunction with the International Association for the Study of Pain's pain curriculum for OTs and PTs.

 low resource setting

Guide to Pain Management in Low-Resource Settings is intended to support health care providers in low-resource settings. Chapters were written by a multidisciplinary and multinational team of authors. Practitioners in settings with limited resources will benefit from easy-to-read information about simple and cost-effective approaches that can provide maximum effects in managing pain in their patients.


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Chronic Pain: An Integrated Biobehavioral Approach - offers in a single volume the most comprehensive and in-depth view of the field currently available. Drs. Flor and Turk share their collective knowledge and professional insights accumulated over three decades of extraordinary contributions to the field....



Back Pain - A movement problem - by Josephine Key, is a practical manual to assist all students and clinicians concerned with the evaluation, diagnosis and management of the movement related problems seen in those with spinal pain disorders


Books can be obtained from any good book store, or are available online at Amazon, Fishpond etc.


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