Chronic Pain Management - Programme

  • 15 Apr 2019
  • 11:59 pm - 11:59 pm
  • Blended Learning - Online and Live Webinars,
  • $395.00 incl. GST for members
  • $495.00 incl. GST for non-members
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About the event


Join this 9 week programme to learn about the management of chronic non-cancer pain, different pain mechanisms (including nociceptive and neuropathic pain), the place of pharmacological therapies (such as opioids and cannabinoids) and how mental health conditions and disability are associated with chronic pain. Also learn about the importance of individualised approaches to management and more!

Many pharmacists will be moving into their new three year learning cycle. Begin your new learning cycle by joining this programme to enhance your knowledge on chronic pain management.

Remember this training can be part of your Group 3 goal on chronic pain!

This is a 9 week blended learning Programme. The Programme consists of both online sections and live webinars. You will also have assessments to complete throughout the Programme.

Sponsored By: Pfizer

Presented By: Dr Paul Vroegop and Aseni Ratnayake

Paul Vroegop is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Pain Medicine Specialist who works in Counties-Manukau Health in South Auckland. He is the Clinical Head of Psychological Medicine, Clinical Lead of the Chronic Pain Service and works as the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist with the Paediatric Consult Liaison Team.

Paul has had a longstanding passion for working with children, adolescents and adults with chronic pain, and the psychological aspects of paediatric health care. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer with the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, and is regularly involved in lecturing and teaching about pain to Medical, Health Psychology and Nursing students within the Faculty of Health Sciences, as well as teaching to Consultants, Primary Care Practitioners, Registrars, House Officers, and other clinical staff.

Aseni Ratnayake is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who works at the Wellington Regional Chronic Pain Management Service.

Live webinar times and dates:

It is estimated that the live trainings will be approximately 90 – 120 minutes each.

  • Monday 15 April 2019 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Monday 29 April 2019 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Monday 13 May 2019 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Monday 27 May 2019 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all activities, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of pain
  • Recognise the differences between acute and chronic pain
  • Describe the three primary pain mechanisms
  • Explain the critical aspects of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) management
  • Describe the role of pharmacological treatment in the management of CNCP
  • Recognise the importance of individualised approaches to the management of CNCP

Programme Timetable 9 week programme

Week(s) Module Time allocation (approximation only including readings)
1 Introduction 30 mins
1 - 2 Module 1 Overview of Chronic Pain Management, Live webinar 15 April from 7.30pm 4 hours Recommended completion date 23 April 2019
3 - 4 Module 2 Pharmacology of medicines used in Chronic Pain, Live webinar on 29 April from 7.30pm 4 hours Recommended completion date 7 May 2019
5 - 6 Module 3 Managing Neuropathic Pain and Non-pharmacological treatments used in Chronic Pain, Live webinar on 13 May from 7.30pm 4 hours Recommended completion date 21 May 2019
7 - 8 Module 4 Summary and Review of Chronic Pain Management, Live webinar on 27 May from 7.30pm 4 hours Recommended completion date 4 June 2019
9 Programme Completion, Review Programme and check all assessments are complete and all forums have been answered. Evaluation. Certificate 1 hour
All assessment submissions to be made by Friday 14 June 2019

To download a pdf version of the Programme timetable, click here.


Pharmacists must achieve a pass mark in all assessments in order to attain completion. Marking will commence after the closing date for assignments and completion advised thereafter (as these require manual marking).

Once completed a Certificate of Completion of the Programme will be available.

One learning package must be purchased for each individual.


Group 1: To be confirmed

Group 2: To be confirmed

Note: Readings are not assessed. You may allocate 1 Group 1 point per hour of learning for readings.

80% Assessment Pass Percentage must be attained for completion.

Non Member Registration

Non PSNZ members can register for this event. Please note you will need to register as a user on the PSNZ website before you can register to attend the event. Look for the "New user? Register now" option at the bottom of the Login screen.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment must be received before your registration is processed. Instructions on how to access this course will be emailed to your preferred email address once your registration is processed.

Access to this online course will expire six months after payment is received.

Registrations are subject to our terms of trade and privacy policy. Cancellations will not be accepted; the course fee may be transferred to another course or person depending on the situation and advised in writing, but no refunds are available. Expired registrations will not be refunded. By submitting this application you agree to these terms and conditions.


By enrolling in this training, you are confirming that all work undertaken within this training programme and assessment answers are your own. If there are grounds to believe that cheating or plagiarism has occurred, we will investigate and your work may be disallowed and you will be unable to complete the training.