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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 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: With funding from NSW's iCare Lifetime Care and the support of numerous participants, we have carefully modified the Pain Course to be suitable for adults with chronic pain as a result of a spinal cord injury - e.g., paraplegia, quadriplegia.

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 (not available in all courses).

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 best practice and it is now recognised that the pain management skills taught by psychologists can really help people to manage the impact of persistent pain on their lives. 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 always strongly recommend you discuss your participation in this Course with your GP (family doctor) and other treating doctors. Maintaining a good working relationship with your GP (family doctor) 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 been developing the Pain Course since 2011 and using significant amounts of participant feedback to revise and improve the course over this time. We have now had more than 2,000 Australians complete the Pain Course with very encouraging results. The course is also being used by clinical research teams in the USA, Canada and Ireland with good results.

More than 90% report the Course was 'worth their time' and that they would 'recommend the course'. Most also make very meaningful clinical improvements in how much they were able to do day-to-day and their emotional wellbeing despite having chronic pain. However, most participants say the course is hard work and takes time. So it is important to participant when they have the time to learn about chronic pain and to try different ways of managing their pain.

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.

Living in Australia?

We are not currently offering the Pain Course for people living in Australia. However, you might be interested in our Chronic Conditions Course. This is a new course that covers all of the same information and skills as the Pain Course, but is designed to also be suitable for people with a broad range of chronic health conditions. .

To find out more about our Chronic Conditions Course, click HERE

Living outside of Australia?

We are very pleased to now be offering the Pain Course to adults with chronic pain living outside of Australia. We will be running new courses 4 or 5 times a year. Participants need to be able to read and understand English - unfortunately, we are not able to provide the course in other languages at this point in time.

Participants will be participating in an important research trial which will help us to evaluate the Pain Course and improve it for others. You can read more in the Participant Information and Consent Form, click HERE.

Our next two groups of the Pain Course will be starting on the 5th of September and the 31st of October. Participants will be randomised to start in one of these groups, and so need to be available to start in both group. To apply to participate in one of our next two groups, please click the 'Apply Now!' button below and follow the prompts.

If the dates for our next two groups are not suitable for you, please check this webpage again in a couple of weeks - we'll be updating the dates of available groups regularly.

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

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