Good Medicine Better Health
Good Medicine Better Health: Chronic pain
This course consists of three 30-minute modules that aim to increase knowledge about chronic pain for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners and community members. Participants will gain an understanding about pain, and the medicines and non-medicine treatments used to manage chronic pain.
The National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners has endorsed this activity with 3 CPD Hours.
Endorsement period: 7/04/2022-7/04/2023.
It is recommended that 3 CPD hours be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.
These education modules have been developed in consultation with the Good Medicine Better Health Advisory Group and the following organisations: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP).
The chronic pain modules have been developed by the Good Medicine Better Health project team in collaboration with members of a national consortium developing interdisciplinary online pain education funded by the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Health, Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Program, Health Professional Pain Management Education and Training Grant (2020-2024).
This learning activity aims to increase knowledge about pain, and the medicines and non-medicine treatments used to manage chronic pain, and to share that knowledge with community members.
Upon completion of each module the learner should be able to:
Module 1 - Recognising chronic pain
- Describe the different types of pain including acute and chronic pain.
- Explain chronic pain in terms that community members will understand.
- Acknowledge cultural experiences of pain within the social and emotional wellbeing model.
Module 2 - How to help chronic pain
- List non-medicine treatments for managing chronic pain.
- Apply different ways to talk with and support people who are experiencing chronic pain.
- Identify local allied health services qualified to support chronic pain management.
Module 3 - Medicines and chronic pain
- Recognise common medicines used for acute and chronic pain, how they work and the risks of overuse.
- Discuss in simple terms why opioids are sometimes used for a short period to manage chronic pain.
- Explain opioid side effects and risks, tolerance and withdrawal.
- Describe why opioids are only used in the short term, and their need to be tapered gradually and stopped.
- Describe where to find further information about medicines.