1h 5m
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



26 Jun 2018
Thought it was a bit too focused on the Aged care industry.
23 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.
31 May 2018
thankyou very helpful - particularly regarding pain management for the agedthose with dementia
30 May 2018
Interesting resource
28 May 2018
Great course
28 May 2018
28 May 2018
26 May 2018
very good
25 May 2018
informative video.
24 May 2018
Good VLA on Pain and its management with pharmacological and pharmacological methods.
23 May 2018
very good
21 May 2018
I enjoyed this VLC as a refresher for my practice
21 May 2018
Some questions were ambiguous. For example George's pain score 8-10 or 8.
18 May 2018
Great. very informative
16 May 2018
Very informative VLA
15 May 2018
14 May 2018
Clear and Concise
11 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.
10 May 2018
excellent lecture well presented
08 May 2018
very good lecture and quiz was interesting
07 May 2018
Very informative
07 May 2018
Very good seminar on Pain Management
07 May 2018
06 May 2018
03 May 2018
03 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.
30 Apr 2018
27 Apr 2018
The educator was knowledgeable and engaging and surely I would recommend this education to other health professionals.
25 Apr 2018
23 Apr 2018
23 Apr 2018
Clear, concise and educational.
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.
21 Apr 2018
21 Apr 2018
Helpful resource.
12 Apr 2018
Excellent resource
11 Apr 2018
very informative
06 Apr 2018
Excellent and very relevant.
03 Apr 2018
the presenter demonstrated very good subject expertise but presentation skills need development
28 Mar 2018
Interesting and informative on the basics of pain management
28 Mar 2018
An excellent refresher on an important topic, many thanks.
25 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.
19 Mar 2018
Effective for use in palliative care.
20 Feb 2018
14 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
11 Jan 2018
It was interesting and relevant
14 Dec 2017
Pain management in the elderly requires excellent detective instincts. This education has provided other tools to assist in identifying pain.
07 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.