Pain Medicine Specialist

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Pain Medicine is a multidisciplinary medical practice that provides care for acute pain, cancer pain and persistent chronic pain. The Pain Medicine Specialist works within a team to assess the multidimensional aspects of pain and to formulate appropriate programs of treatment aimed at control of pain and improvement of function. Pain Medicine Specialists must possess wide knowledge of the clinical biopsychosocial and humanitarian dimensions of the pain experience and they must be able to empathise with patients who have become debilitated as a result of severe pain. The typical tasks of a Pain Medicine Specialist include:

  1. Prescribing medication
  2. Coordinating rehabilitative services
  3. Performing pain relieving procedures
  4. Counselling patients and families
  5. Directing a multidisciplinary team
  6. Cooperating with other health care professionals
  7. Liaising with public and private agencies

To commence accredited training in Pain Medicine you must have first completed a degree in medicine and also must be a trainee or fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Alternatively you can train as a Pain Medicine Specialist if you hold an Australian or New Zealand specialist qualification acceptable to the board. Training to then gain fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine will then take one to three years depending on primary qualification and previous exposure to pain medicine and experience.