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Provider Number PO342.

CPD1h 5m of CPD
Total Rating(s)461
First Published
Updated27 October 2019
Expires 27 October 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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

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

Understanding the 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.


The purpose of this Course is to review underpinning pain concepts and fundamental assessment skills to support effective management of pain experienced by people in your care.

Learning Outcomes
  • 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.
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to registered nurses and other health professionals, especially those who may administer opioids and analgesics, as part of the management of acute, chronic and post-surgical pain.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). 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 400 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. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

461 Total Rating(s)
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Maria ann woods
21 Feb 2020

Great activity... recomend to all nurses

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21 Feb 2020

Clear, Easy , well presented programme.

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Dawei Chen
20 Feb 2020

Very good.

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Jennifer Unicomb
19 Feb 2020

Highly relevant and informative .

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William Wann
16 Feb 2020

Pain management is vital in nursing to providing quality care. There can be many barriers to a poor identification to appropriate and adequate pain management. Reviewing and hearing about: Path o physiology and types of pain, goals of pain management, factors influencing pain, pain assessment, understanding dementia and pain, pain management strategies and evaluating pain management helped re-enforce my knowledge. It also encourages best practice by understanding and gaining new knowledge.

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Carol Jiahua Huang
16 Feb 2020

Good, in-depth review of the main classifications of pain, potential factors that influence pain assessment and treatment, and the variety of strategies in managing pain.

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Irene Tienhoven
16 Feb 2020

Well presented comprhensive overview of pain management

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Fiona Boyle
16 Feb 2020

The module was well presented, was succinct and easy to understand.

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Karen Boardman
16 Feb 2020

I found this easy to listen, to the point and reassured I was continuing with the correct assessments

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Carol Varley
15 Feb 2020