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Study Pain and Pain Management at Otago

Pain is the most common reason for people to see a health professional.

It is a main feature of many health conditions, and the impact of pain on people’s lives is broad and invasive. If you have ever wondered why pain is so complex, or how to help people manage their pain more effectively, the postgraduate programme in pain and pain management will provide a good foundation of practice for you.

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Pain and Pain Management at Otago

Who is the programme intended for?

Allied health and medical professionals involved in the care, rehabilitation and management of people experiencing pain problems, such as psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

What do our recent students say?

“Through my studies I gained deeper understanding of all aspects of pain and pain management. The interdisciplinary approach of the programme was incredible for cross pollination of ideas, and the tutors all brought a wealth of knowledge from their own experiences.”

– Dr Liz Edmonds
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Pain and Pain Management)
Specialist Anaesthetist


PAIN papers

Paper Code Year Title Points Teaching period
PAIN710 2024 Introduction to Pain 15 Semester 1
PAIN711 2024 Introduction to Pain Management 15 Semester 2
PAIN712 2024 Pain Assessment 15 Semester 1
PAIN713 2024 Pain Neurobiology 15 Semester 2
PAIN714 2024 Biomedical Pain Management 15 Not offered in 2024
PAIN715 2024 Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects of Pain 15 Semester 2

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Postgraduate Programmes Administrator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch

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