1h 5m of CPD
Jenny Gowan
20 Dec 2016

This Course will provide an overview of the pathophysiology, types and signs and symptoms of pain, as well as what factors can influence pain, how to assess pain, and how pain differs in older adults and those with cognitive impairment.


Use knowledge about the pathophysiology, types, and uniqueness of pain, to facilitate effective pain management


Identify barriers that may interfere with effective pain assessment and subsequent treatment


Choose the appropriate tool for measuring pain and associated symptoms, to assess and reassess specific patients


Jenny Gowan

Jenny, a practicing pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", and the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training, and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. She has published over 350 educational articles. Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.


Jane Guerin06 Oct 2018
Gentle reminder of pain as a multi faceted paradigm

Anne Maree Ridley31 Aug 2018
A good review

Abena Appiah06 Aug 2018
A very good start to learning about pain management and listening to patients

Bruce Morrice03 Aug 2018
A very good basic refresher on pain and pain management. The emphasis on dementia is a good progressive step.

Tennille Gould28 Jul 2018
Good workshop

Kristen Bachas26 Jul 2018
I found this very helpful.

Candace Pederson24 Jul 2018
Interesting and informative.

Ang Tian Cheng Sky23 Jul 2018
Interesting lecture

Joanne Hutton23 Jul 2018
Pain is a critical item we deal with frequently the knowledge all helps the results

Francis tameka26 Jun 2018
Thought it was a bit too focused on the Aged care industry.

Christine WILLIAMS23 Jun 2018
I found this resource to be very beneficial as it provided an understanding of types of pain, management of pain and how to assess pain relevant to the resident i.e. abbey pain scale for dementia residents.

Elizabeth Taylor31 May 2018
thankyou very helpful - particularly regarding pain management for the agedthose with dementia

Ruth Curtis30 May 2018
Interesting resource

Sarah Niven28 May 2018
Great course

Amelia Hugo28 May 2018

Jessica Gray28 May 2018

yi jun chen26 May 2018
very good

yan zhang25 May 2018
informative video.

Harsimrat Kaur24 May 2018
Good VLA on Pain and its management with pharmacological and pharmacological methods.

Amrita Banstola23 May 2018
very good

Helen Bourke21 May 2018
I enjoyed this VLC as a refresher for my practice

Jill Maria Sullivan21 May 2018
Some questions were ambiguous. For example George's pain score 8-10 or 8.

Hellene Heron18 May 2018
Great. very informative

rosemary britt6216 May 2018
Very informative VLA

Kerry McMullan15 May 2018

Wendy Noye14 May 2018
Clear and Concise

Nichole Dutschke11 May 2018
Very comprehensive lecture. Good reinforcement of my knowledge of Pain and the barriers to the reporting and effective management of pain, especially chronic pain.

Janette Elliott10 May 2018
excellent lecture well presented

Nanette HAYNES08 May 2018
very good lecture and quiz was interesting

Anika hodge07 May 2018
Very informative

Cheryl Carpenter07 May 2018
Very good seminar on Pain Management

XIAO YANG07 May 2018

Kimberley Kozumplik06 May 2018

Susan Cynthia Barnes03 May 2018

Ellie Alizadeh03 May 2018
This was a very helpful course and reinforced my knowledge. The slides were useful and very clear and the educator was engaging in this course.

Kayla Smith30 Apr 2018

Divina Evangelista27 Apr 2018
The educator was knowledgeable and engaging and surely I would recommend this education to other health professionals.

Joungsim BAE25 Apr 2018

siobhan perkins23 Apr 2018

Dianne Joy Beamish23 Apr 2018
Clear, concise and educational.

MS Vivienne Sigley 22 Apr 2018
the use of the word 'difficult' in a care setting would not be a good chose of words when a patient is in pain. The use of alternative measures to treat patients in hospital is not often available and there are no heat packs and tens machines provided, and many staff do not even have to touch patients to record care or pain levels, The physio and other alternative allied health are very busy and may not even conduct an assessment for several days in public situations. The care of those in pain is too focused on medication and documentation with no other interventions as policies,time and attitudes cause barriers.


Tracy stratton21 Apr 2018
Helpful resource.

Emily Claire12 Apr 2018
Excellent resource

Zoe Campbell11 Apr 2018
very informative

Excellent and very relevant.

Terry Dunne03 Apr 2018
the presenter demonstrated very good subject expertise but presentation skills need development

Carmel Spano28 Mar 2018
Interesting and informative on the basics of pain management

Wendy Merritt28 Mar 2018
An excellent refresher on an important topic, many thanks.

Joanne Gabbert25 Mar 2018
There were sections I had to redo as there was too much information in the given time. However the lecture was very informative and will help with recognition of pain in all areas.

Brie Brown19 Mar 2018
Effective for use in palliative care.

Jessica Khan20 Feb 2018

Citti Taranto14 Feb 2018
Pain management assessment is very important in assessing patient with dementia and those patient with cognitive impairment Establish the underlying cause of pain before interventions

Madison-jean Fredberg11 Jan 2018
It was interesting and relevant

June Shum14 Dec 2017
Pain management in the elderly requires excellent detective instincts. This education has provided other tools to assist in identifying pain.

Nguyen Dong Truc Le07 Dec 2017
Good presentation

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Definition and pathophysiology of pain
  • Types of pain
  • Signs and symptoms of pain, and factors influencing pain
  • Pain assessment, including pain scales
  • Evaluating pain management

Target audience

All health professionals.


Review underpinning pain concepts and fundamental assessment skills to support effective management of pain experienced by people in your care.


Nearly everyone will experience some type of pain during their life – either acute or chronic. However, pain is a commonly associated with a range of illnesses and co-morbidities; low back pain is the highest contributor to disability in the world, according to the pivotal Global Burden of Disease Study3. In Australia, about 20% of people suffer chronic pain, though the incidence will increase as the population ages.

Health professionals play a key role in the assessment and management of patients' pain. However, studies have shown that pain can be consistently underestimated by health providers and carers, increasing the risk of reduced quality of life for people who suffer pain. Many patients with chronic pain feel disenfranchised and rejected by the ‘medical model’, their families, their work colleagues and the general community. When pain is inadequately managed it can also lead to harmful physical, as well as psychological, consequences for patients and their families or carers.

Understanding basic concepts of pain can facilitate more effective patient-specific pain management interventions. In order to assist patients to meet their treatment goals, regardless of whether the pain is acute or chronic, it is vital that health professionals clearly understand evidenced-based knowledge about pain, and the patient's pain history and experience.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.