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Pain Course

The Pain Course is a free, online and internet-delivered pain management program designed to provide good information about chronic pain and to teach practical skills for managing the impact of pain on day-to-day activities and emotional wellbeing. We developed the Pain Course because chronic pain is a very common. But, many people are not able to access specialist pain management services and the pain management programs they offer - that is, effective, evidence-based, pain management programs that teach them about and how to manage chronic pain.

We developed the Pain Course with the hope of helping reduce the impact of chronic pain on peoples' day-to-day lives, emotional wellbeing and overall quality of life.

To learn more about Chronic Pain, please click HERE. To learn more about symptoms of low mood and depression, please click HERE. To learn more about anxiety and anxiety disorders, please click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: You can scroll right to the bottom of this page to make an application or register your interest in the Pain Course.

PLEASE NOTE: We are now offering the SCI Pain Course for people with a spinal cord injury - i.e., paraplegia or quadriplegia. You can read about and make an application or register your interest for HERE

What does the Course involve?

  • 5 online lessons that provide essential information and teach practical self-management skills.
  • DIY Guides to help understand and practice those skills.
  • Lots of Additional Resources and Case Stories and examples from others.
  • Brief contact with a clinician via email and telephone (as needed).

The Pain Course is delivered over 8 weeks and is designed to provide you with up-to-date information about chronic pain and practical skills for managing chronic pain and its impacts. This course is not designed to 'treat' or 'cure' chronic pain. However, the information and skills in the course have been found in 100s of research trials to be essential for people with chronic pain to know and use - to manage pain and maintain good emotional wellbeing, despite pain.

The Course aims to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Clinical Psychologist, if you attended a specialist Pain Management Clinic. Multidisciplinary Pain Management is now best practice. Please Note: Many people with chronic pain have had the regrettable experience of being told that their pain may be imaginary, psychological or all in their mind. Please be reassured that all pain is real. The Pain Course is designed to help people maximise their ability to cope with the very real pain they experience and maintain their emotional wellbeing despite pain.

Who is the Course Suitable For?

  • Adults aged 18 and older.
  • With chronic pain - that is, pain that they have experienced for more than 6 months.
  • With symptoms of stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.
  • Who want to learn information and skills to improve the quality of their lives and emotional wellbeing.
  • Who have at least 4 hours per week to spend working on the Course and practicing the skills taught during the Course.

Unfortunately, we cannot include people who are currently suicidal or do not have access to the Internet. We can only currently include adults living in Australia. However, if you are living outside of Australia, you can register your interest for the Course - we are planning to offer the Pain Course to people outside of Australia later in 2016. We always strongly recommend you discuss your participation in this Course with your GP and other treating doctors. Maintaining a good working relationship with your GP is essential when you have chronic pain and they help you decide whether this program is going to be suitable for you.

Not sure if this course is right for you? Please contact us, click HERE.

Our Research Results

We have now had more than 1,000 Australians complete the Pain Course and the results are very encouraging. More than 90% reported the Course was worth their time and that they would recommend the course. Most participants said it was hard work. But, most also made good clinical improvements in how much they were able to do day-to-day and their emotional wellbeing. Many participants are also able to work through the course with very little contact with us and still make very encouraging improvements.

You can find out more about our research results by looking at our Research Page, HERE. There is a specific section on the Pain Course.

When is the Next Course Being Offered?

We are now running our last Pain Courses for 2016 and will not be running any new courses this year. However, we will be running the Pain Course throughout 2017. So, if you are interested in participating in the Pain Course just click on the Register Now! button below and follow the prompts.

Of course, if you have any questions about the Course please feel free to contact us, click HERE.

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