Pain and its Management

Subject PHTY90080 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 Hours
Total Time Commitment: 60 hours of self-directed learning




Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Ms Annemarie Lee


Dr Annemarie Lee
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 and the ability to evaluate and synthesize this literature
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • 1 hour multiple choice exam mid-semester (September) (30%)
  • 3000 word written assignment due end of semester (50%)
  • Oral presentation 15 mins (20%) (Staggered through the semester after the MCQ exam)
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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