Chronic Pain Management Programme - On Demand

About the event


Join this On Demand 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!

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.

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

Please read through this programme timetable. This shows the estimated time frames and hours involved in completing this programme.


Pharmacists must achieve a pass mark of 80% in order to complete the programme and assign ENHANCE group 2 points. Assessments are made up of quizzes and case studies which require manual marking.


This programme has been accredited by PSNZ ENHANCE for 8 hours of group 2 learning and pharmacists may allocate 16 Group TWO points on successful completion of the learning activity, evidenced by receipt of the PSNZ College Certificate of 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 on the 7th June 2021.

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.