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PAIN714 Biomedical Pain Management

The current understanding of the various biomedical modalities to treat musculoskeletal pain, including acute and chronic pain, nociceptive / inflammatory, neuropathic, and nociplastic mechanisms.

The aim of this paper is for students to gain a thorough working knowledge of the structure, function, pharmacology and evidence-based use of local anaesthetics; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents; primary and secondary analgesics; the pharmacological management of chronic regional and neuropathic pain; neuromodulation; and interventional pain diagnostics and therapy.

Paper title Biomedical Pain Management
Paper code PAIN714
Subject Pain and Pain Management
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,509.38
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PAIN 711 or MSME 708
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty, MPhty

Suitable for appropriately qualified health professionals.


Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 378 6161 

Teaching staff

Paper Convenor: Dr Lizi Edmonds

Paper Structure

PAIN714 consists of eight modules, taught sequentially, using both online resources and online teaching sessions.

Topics and modules covered in this paper include:

  • An introduction to biomedical pain management, including a consideration of outcomes
  • Treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain and primary analgesics
  • Opioid analgesics in acute and chronic pain
  • Neuropathic and central sensitisation pain and its management with secondary analgesia
  • The use of interventional pain diagnosis and treatments
  • Neuromodulation and pain management
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

Material is delivered electronically and is distance taught. There are eight fortnightly online teaching sessions delivered via Zoom Videoconferencing.

There is no required text. Some readings are provided and others can be accessed via online library resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have developed knowledge of
  • The structure, function, pharmacology and evidence-based use of primary and secondary analgesics, opioid analgesics, and local anaesthetic preparations
  • The pharmacological management of neuropathic pain and pain associated with central sensitisation
  • The integration of pharmacological management with non-pharmacological and interdisciplinary pain management
  • The use of neuromodulatory approaches for managing pain
  • Interventional pain diagnosis and therapy

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system