University of Sydney Handbooks - 2018 Archive

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Pain Management

Graduate Certificate in Pain Management

Graduate Diploma in Pain Management

Master of Medicine (Pain Management)

Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)


  Graduate Certificate in Pain Management Graduate Diploma in Pain Management Master of Medicine (Pain Management) Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)
Degree Abbreviation GradCertPainMgt GradDipPainMgt MMed(PainMgt) MScMed(PainMgt)
Credit points required to complete 24 36 48 48
*Time to complete
0.5 to 3 years 1 to 3 years 1 to 6 years 1 to 6 years

* Students wishing to undertake full-time study should contact the course coordinator.


The Pain Management program explores the problem of pain within a multidisciplinary team framework to investigate the extent of the problem in the community. The courses aim to provide advanced education in pain management by providing clinically relevant teaching that helps students expand their knowledge of the basic sciences, concepts and procedures of pain assessment and management.

The Master of Medicine (Pain Management) and the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) are essentially the same program with different admission requirements.

Only medical graduates (ie those with an MBBS) may be admitted to the Master of Medicine while non-medical graduates may be admitted to the Master of Science in Medicine. Students follow the same program of study, with the only difference being the title of the award they are granted on completion.

Students in the Pain Management program may elect to complete the Orofacial Pain pathway (Masters level only). This pathway is designed to meet the needs of dentists and other health professionals who manage patients who are suffering a range of orofacial pain conditions. It will also be of interest to those working as educators and/or researchers in the field of orofacial pain.

Course outcomes

The specific teaching and learning outcomes of the Pain Management degree program are to:

  • develop graduates with knowledge of the principles and practices which underpin the biopsychosocial approach to the management of pain
  • develop graduates who can make a strong contribution towards improved outcomes for patients with pain problems
  • develop graduates who adopt an evidence-based approach to practice in clinical and non-clinical contexts
  • provide an avenue for graduates to focus on a specific discipline area or field of interest in pain management practice.

Further information

The program is offered in distance education mode. Enrolled students are provided with a username and password that allows them to access a protected course website. The website provides study guides with lecture notes and links to journal articles.

Interactive multimedia tutorials and additional support materials are also provided in some units. Assessment is by essays, case studies and online activities. Marks are also given for the contribution students make to online discussion.

Students may also attend an optional two-week course held in February each year at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

Further enquiries

Ms Leigh-Anne Funnell
Phone: +61 2 9463 1516
Fax: +61 2 9463 1050