Pain and its Management

Subject 513-657 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Campus based lectures, tutorials and seminars

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 Hours
Total Time Commitment: 60 hours of self-directed learning
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Meg Morris
Subject Overview: This subject will examine the neurophysiology of pain and how pain is managed in clinical practice. It will include the management of acute and chronic pain, neuropathic and neurogenic pain, from various perspectives. Evidence supporting a variety of interventions will be examined.

Students who successfully complete this subject will have:

  • Knowledge of the theory and research underpinning the neurophysiology of pain
  • Theoretical knowledge of the different types of pain and their clinical features
  • An understanding of pain assessment methods across the lifespan
  • Knowledge of the multi-disciplinary approaches to pain management, including pharmacological, psychological and physiotherapeutic interventions
  • Knowledge of the research evidence that underpins physiotherapeutic approaches to pain management

  • I hour multiple choice exam mid-semester (30%)
  • 3,500 word written assignment due end of semester (70%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • The ability to critically reflect on practice
  • The ability to appraise appropriate literature
  • The opportunity to explore practice in a multi-disciplinary manner

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