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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 the management of chronic pain and emotional wellbeing. We developed the Pain Course because Chronic Pain is a very common condition. But, many people have limited access to or are not able to access specialist pain management services. Many people also experience difficulties accessing effective, evidence-based, pain management programs that teach them how to manage the impact of their pain on their day-to-day lives.

We developed the Pain Course with the hope of helping reduce the impact that chronic pain, stress, anxiety, low mood and depression have on what people are able to do day-to-day and on peoples' 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 Spinal Cord Injury or SCI Pain Course for people with a spinal cord injury. You can read about and make an application or register your interest for HERE

What does the Course involve?

  • 5 online lessons that provide information and teach practical skills for managing chronic pain, anxiety and low mood.
  • Do It Yourself (DIY) Guides to help you practice those skills.
  • Lots of Additional Resources and Case Stories 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 practical information about chronic pain and practical, proven, skills for managing chronic pain, anxiety and depression. This Course is not designed to 'treat' or 'cure' chronic pain. However, the skills taught in the Course have been found in numerous studies to help with the management of chronic pain and the maintenance of 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.
  • Who have had their pain examined by a doctor to rule out any malignant or treatable causes to your pain. This is a compulsory condition for being eligible to apply to the Pain 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. 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 95% 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 in their symptoms of anxiety and depression. 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 very pleased that applications for the Pain Course are now open. The next two Pain Courses will start on the 15th of August and the 10th of October - participants are randomly assigned to one of these groups. If you are interested in participating in the next Pain Courses, please click on the Apply 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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