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Pain community outreach

Pain@Otago aims to reduce the impact of pain on an individual, family, and societal level. We intend to engage with our communities to help determine the important research questions, and to widely disseminate our findings for the benefit of the wider community.

Follow news about our theme including research from members and upcoming events on our twitter page

Events for the public

Past events

Pain in Children and Young Adults - 11 July 2018

Date: 11 July,
Time: 6 - 7.30pm,
Venue: St David's Lecture Theatre or Online at

Persistent Pain in children and adolescence is a significant health burden on family and society. It interferes with participation in schooling, sport/leisure activities, and relationship with peers; potentially leading to social isolation and/or loneliness. Research shows that a significant proportion of adolescents report pain and the rates of pain rise steeply from childhood to adolescence.

This panel discussion will highlight recent research in this area and discuss the best treatment approaches, encompassing the holistic experience of pain, for providing support to enhance function, despite having pain. This panel session is proudly part of the New Zealand International Science Festival

Read more about the event and programme

The power of the mind in controlling pain - 8 July 2018

workshop scieAs part of the New Zealand International Science Festival members of the Pain@Otago hosted a science demonstration on the power of mind in controlling your pain.  We had a great day out at the Wall Street Mall and a fantastic response from the Dunedin community. Folks from 5 to 87 years old learning more about our theme and the power of the mind in pain! 

Pictured right: members of the theme at the event.


Radio New Zealand - Dr Hem Devan: dealing with chronic pain

Hear Dr Hem Devan on Radio New Zealand (26 August 2018) talking about dealing with chronic pain:

A review published in the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, features the work of NZ medical professionals and researchers, exploring how patients with chronic pain can best manage it. The review analysed 33 studies and the experiences of more than 500 people, and was undertaken by the University of Otago's School of Physiotherapy in Wellington, and the Pain Management Service of the Capital Coast District Health Board. Pain researcher Dr Hemakumar Devan, from the School of Physiotherapy was the lead researcher for the review. Listen to the interview.

Radio New Zealand - Why is it more painful if we hurt our toes when they're cold? Ram Mani

Hear Dr Ram Mani's explanation on RNZ's "One quick question" segment for 

Why is it more painful if we hurt our toes when they're cold?  Listen to Ram's response here.