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Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain

This learning activity provides health professionals with knowledge and practical strategies to effectively address chronic pain. The activity emphasises the multi-factorial nature of chronic pain and the importance of individualised management approaches.

Participants will gain insights into pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, along with the significance of ongoing monitoring for pain, function, adverse effects and signs of opioid misuse.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this learning session you will be able to:

1) Describe the multi-factorial nature of chronic non-cancer pain and the requirement for an individualised approach to management.

2) Outline pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for chronic non-cancer pain and the importance of continued monitoring of pain, function, adverse effects as well as signs of opioid misuse.

Target Audience: Recommended for health professionals involved in the care and treatment of patients with chronic pain, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals.

Activity Duration: 1.5 hours

CPD Points: Recording 1.5 CPD hours is recommended for purposes of self-directed CPD. Dr Joe plain tile 1024x683

Meet the Expert

Dr Joe Kosterich MBBS

Doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant

Dr Joe is a contributor to various medical and popular publications. He is a sought-after expert in medico-legal cases and frequently provides opinions on radio and television. Additionally, he serves as the clinical editor for Medical Forum Magazine and holds teaching roles as an adjunct professor at UWA and a lecturer at Curtin Medical School.

In addition to his editorial work, Dr Joe is the Medical Advisor for Little Green Pharma, a company specialising in medicinal cannabis. He also serves as the Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association.

Dr Joe has authored two self-published books, namely “Dr Joe’s DIY Health” and “60 Minutes To Better Health.” Previously, Dr Joe held high-ranking positions within the Australian Medical Association and served on several industry and government boards. He has significant corporate experience, particularly in establishing and managing medical centres.

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Frequently asked questions

Who are the online learning activities for?

AOWA’s learning activities are for health professionals delivering chronic musculoskeletal care, specifically in metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.

What are the benefits of engaging in online learning activities?

Taking an online learning activity offers several benefits, including flexibility for accessing the learning when it is convenient for you. Furthermore, you are not limited by location as you can learn from anywhere with an internet connection. Our activities will provide access to a range of subjects and topics related to musculoskeletal conditions, enabling you to expand your knowledge as a healthcare professional.

Can I l learn at my own pace or are there specific deadlines?

All online sessions are self-paced, which allows you to study at your convenience without any deadlines.

Can I use these learning activities toward Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points?

Yes, learning activities can be used towards self-directed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. However, it depends on the specific requirements and guidelines set by the professional organisation that oversees CPD requirements for your profession.

It is recommended to check with your professional regulatory body or association to confirm if the online learning activity you are interested in is eligible for self-directed CPD points.

Will I receive a completion certificate or transcript after finishing the learning activity?

Yes, you will receive a downloadable completion certificate upon completing the learning activity requirements.

How long do online learning activities typically last?

The duration of online activities can vary. Some activities are short and focused, whilst others are more extensive. The duration is indicated in the learning activity description, providing you with an idea of the time commitment required.

How much do these learning activities cost?

All AOWA health professional learning activities are currently free of charge (as of 12/6/23).

Who can I talk to if I want more information?

For any enquiries related to Health Professional education, please email education@arthritiswa.org.au or call us on (08) 9388 2199.

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