Opioids: Communication videos

This series of  four educational videos aims to support effective conversations between health professionals and patients about the use of opioids for the management of chronic non-cancer pain. The videos focus on motivational interviewing techniques, providing examples of interactions between patients and health professionals, and demonstrating how best practice recommendations can be applied to individual patient circumstances.

The video series has been developed with funding from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australian Government Department of Health, and in collaboration with Painaustralia Consumer Advisory Group.


Video 1: How to have effective conversations with patients about opioids and chronic non-cancer pain

This video discusses conversations between health professionals and patients, and outlines 'motivational interviewing', which is the recommended evidence-based communication approach for these conversations, including its underlying ethos, four main principles and five key skills. 

The video features a multidisciplinary team of experts and a consumer:

  • Leah Dwyer, consumer, member of Painaustralia Consumer Advisory Group
  • A/Prof Malcolm Hogg, pain specialist, past-president of the Australian Pain Society and current board member of Painaustralia
  • A/Prof Toby Newton-John, clinical psychologist, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Deputy Head of School, University of Technology Sydney
  • Prof Jill Thistlethwaite, GP, NPS MedicineWise Medical Adviser.

Additional resources


Videos 2–4

Videos 2–4 in this series will be available soon.

  • Video 2: Effective conversations when initiating opioid therapy for a patient with chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Video 3: Effective conversations about tapering opioids for a patient with chronic non-cancer pain (available soon).
  • Video 4: Effective conversations about psychology, opioids and chronic non-cancer pain (available soon).

To access a copy of the video with the transcript, email [email protected]