Professor Michael Nicholas
Director, Pain Education & Pain Management Programs, Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
Professor Michael Nicholas is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Pain Education and Pain Management Programs at the Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney, at Royal North Shore Hospital. He has an international reputation in the field of pain, as a clinician, researcher and educator, with over 180 publications on pain and its management. In the last 6 years he has been actively engaged in training health workers in the provision of pain self-management training for people with chronic pain in rural and low resource settings in Australia and South East Asia.
Bridging The Gap: How to Apply Best Evidence Practice in Community Settings
Consistent with the recommended management for chronic diseases generally, self-management has been recognised as critical for minimising the impact of chronic pain on the lives of those with this widespread condition. In essence, this means teaching self-management skills to chronic pain patients. Unfortunately, access to interventions offering this help is often limited due to the limited number of chronic pain clinics, and their urban locations – to the detriment of chronic pain sufferers living in rural and low resource settings.
Rather than seeking to fund more pain clinics, another option is to train healthcare professionals and others who work in the low resource and general community settings in the skills for teaching pain self-management. This would also require some education for those responsible for healthcare systems to garner their support for the development and maintenance of these services.
This talk will describe some emerging evidence for ways in which this challenge may be addressed. The work described has been going on in the South-East Asia region and Australia for the last 15 years and has recently received new impetus via a new IASP-supported project to extend the development and implementation of multidisciplinary pain services in Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.