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Medicine (Pain Management), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #27 (BCR) Online
The Medicine (Pain Management) program at the University of Sydney is an evidence-based and clinically relevant program that explores the problem of pain in the community and the role of health professionals in managing and treating a range of pain conditions.
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The Medicine (Pain Management) program at the University of Sydney will provide you with knowledge and strategies to prevent acute and sub-acute pain from progressing to chronic and disabling pain, and refine your ability to work in a multidisciplinary team to achieve this goal. You will learn from local and international academic clinicians and researchers including neuroscientists, anaesthetists, pharmacologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists and research personnel, all widely experienced in pain management practice.

Developed and taught by Sydney Medical School's Pain Management Research Institute based at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, this is the premier international program in pain management. In 2014 the program was endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain, the leading international scientific body representing and supporting about 8000 pain scientists and clinicians around the world.

Suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other relevant health disciplines, this program is offered online and may be completed full time or part time. It is recognised for continuing medical education/maintenance of professional standards points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Career Pathways

The Master of Medicine (Pain Management) is designed and offered to improve the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and thus improve the services offered to patients in pain.

This course is not a pathway to specialist qualification. However, it is acknowledged that the course provides an excellent preparation for the Fellowship exam of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Acute Pain 
  • Advanced Studies in Orofacial Pain 
  • Cancer Pain 
  • Clinical Aspects of Neurobiology 
  • Complementary Therapies: Pain Management
  • Disability and Pain Rehabilitation 
  • Introduction to Pain Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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General Requirements

  • A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Medicine (Pain Management) will hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
  • Please be advised that statement of intent is a mandatory document for this program. For statement of intent , please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program.
CRICOS Number: 00026A

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This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49000 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    30500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30500 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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