Better Pain Management (BPM) Modules

Provider: Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA (Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists)

Education of primary health care professionals remains one of the greatest challenges in delivering accessible, high quality medical treatment to people suffering chronic pain. The sheer number of patient affected, up to 20 per cent of the population in Australia and 21% of adults in New Zealand, dictates that the overwhelming majority of health care for patients with chronic pain must come from primary care providers.

The Better Pain Management program has been developed primarily by specialist pain medicine physicians and other experts in the field of pain management to better equip health professionals to deliver effective pain management to patients with acute and chronic pain.

The twelve, 1 hour, modules are accessible individually or in a range of packages.

The aim is to present unbiased, prioritized, educational messages as interestingly, engagingly and as accessibly as possible while emphasizing core themes in pain medicine to capture the attention of the professionals engaged in the care of patients with persistent pain.

Modules 1 – 6 of the Better Pain Management program were developed by ANZCA’s Faculty of Pain Medicine from material originally developed in conjunction with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and in partnership with the Bupa Health Foundation.

An unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Australia supported the expansion of the Better Pain Management program by a further six modules.

The 12 Modules:

  1. Making an Effective Pain Diagnosis
  2. The Impact and Management of Psychological Factors in Pain
  3. A Whole Person Approach to Chronic Pain
  4. Identification and Management of Neuropathic Pain in Primary Care Setting
  5. Identification and Management of Lower Back Pain in Primary Care Setting
  6. Opioids in Pain Management
  7. Pharmacology of Pain Medicine
  8. Non-Joint Musculoskeletal Pains
  9. Post Discharge Acute Pain Management
  10. Understanding Pain Related Procedures
  11. High-dose Problematic Opioid Use
  12. Pain in Children


  • BPM Complete Program (Modules 1-12)
  • BPM Fundamentals in Pain Management (Modules 1-3)
  • BPM Extended Practice in Pain Management (Modules 7-12)
  • The Essentials of Pain Management (Modules 1-6)

The modules have been developed with clearly defined learning objectives and have used illustrations and animations to make them engaging. They are case study based, interactive, and include questionnaires to ensure effective comprehension and completion of each unit. The program has been developed by FPM Fellows and other experts in specific areas relevant to pain management and has been contributed to, supported or endorsed by the following partnering organisations:

CPD Points & College: 

Due to the varying continuing professional development (CPD) programs of specialist colleges, nursing and allied health groups, no standard CPD value has been assigned to the modules. Participants should seek advice from their professional organisation. Completion of this activity may be cited as evidence of satisfying CPD requirements for AHPRA registered practitioners.

At present, the modules and packages are approved for CPD points with RACS and ACRRM accredited activity for 2017-2019

Dates & Times: Online Modules, 1 hour per module

Cost: $38.50 per module or $104 – $330 per package



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