9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
Self-Management of Pain and Non-Pharmacological Options
Following on from yesterday’s session, we now look at a broad range of non-pharmacological options that individuals can use for managing their chronic pain. It includes:
- Restorative movement therapies
- Complementary and integrative therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy and support groups
- Pain management devices and implantable therapies, e.g. TENS machines
Chronic Cancer and Pain
Cancer pain is multifaceted and complex. There are many variants that determine the pain experience, including the type, extent, location, and duration. This session looks at:
- What causes the pain?
- How to assess the pain – nociceptive, neuropathic, visceral, and combination
- Treatment options and when they are used
10:30am - Morning Tea
“Ah…My Back’s Just Gone!” – The Musculoskeletal Pains
Musculoskeletal pain is a common problem that may be localised in one area or widespread. It affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, and one area may be affected by another. The most common type of musculoskeletal pain is lower back pain. This session looks at:
- What are the different types of musculoskeletal pain?
- What are the key questions to ask during history taking and assessment?
- Are all diagnostic tests relevant to determining the cause?
- What is the treatment evidence and plan of care?
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
No Pain is the Same: Getting the Management Right
This interactive session draws on your learning and will have you thinking about the different treatments for chronic pain scenarios, their appropriateness, key issues for the patient receiving the treatment, and nursing care, advocacy, suitability for self-management, and ongoing monitoring.
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
"It’s All in Your Head!" – Removing the Stigma
For those people with chronic pain, stigma is a significant and persistent problem. They may experience judgments and opinions about the legitimacy of the pain and their coping responses from a range of areas, including family members, employers, and even healthcare providers. This final interactive session highlights:
- The impact of stigma on a person with chronic pain
- Common behavioural manifestations of stigma
- Strategies nurses can use to minimise stigma, as well as to build trust and resilience
4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations