Integrative Approaches in Chronic Pain Management

This on-demand course delves into integrative approaches for chronic pain management, covering evidence-based methods, including pharmacological, non-pharmacological, psychological interventions, and medicinal cannabis.

About the course

The prevalence of patients suffering from chronic pain seeking help from General Practitioners (GPs) is alarmingly high, with approximately 40% of patients affected. This substantial patient burden places significant demands on the workload of GPs. It is evident from extensive research that there is an urgent need for effective solutions to address this growing problem. Equally important is the comprehensive education of medical practitioners in primary care health settings to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve patient outcomes. This on demand course will explore the importance of adopting an integrative approach to address the complex medical condition of chronic pain. We will explore various evidence-based approaches to pain management, including pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and psychological interventions. Learn how to tailor treatment plans to individual patient needs and develop effective strategies for patient management.

After this course, you will be able to:

Discern between the various chronic pain presentations in patients, and corresponding neural pathophysiology

Assess the socio-economic and public health impact of chronic pain in the Australian population

Demonstrate the skills, and the knowledge required for a comprehensive assessment for patients suffering from chronic pain

Create a patient-centred treatment plan considering non- pharmacological and pharmacological approaches

Distinguish various indications and contraindications to prescribe medicinal cannabis for patients suffering from chronic pain

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Claim 3 CPD Hours

Medihuanna is a CPD approved education provider, and this activity has been approved by the RACGP (Activity ID: 520178). Upon completing this activity, you will be eligible to claim CPD hours. The activity will include the following CPD allocation which will be uploaded to the RACGP dashboard.

Educational Activities:

1.0 hours

Reviewing Performance:

2.0 hours


Course Curriculum

Introduction (3 min)
Section 1: Overview of Chronic Pain (9 min)
Section 2: Pathophysiology (7 min)
Section 3: Conventional Treatments (37 min)
Section 4: Medicinal Cannabis (14 min)
Section 5: Case Analysis and Assessment (48 min)

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Co-Founder and Medical Director

Dr. Teresa Towpik

Co-Founder and Medical Director

About the Educator

Dr. Teresa Towpik has been a General Practitioner in Australia since 1993 and an advocate of medicinal cannabis since the law was amended and cannabis was legalized for medicinal use. In 2016 she founded Medihuanna with the goal to educate medical practitioners to safely treat patients with medicinal cannabis. Since then, she has been studying the therapeutic properties of cannabis, how it works, and the potential applications in General Practice, especially in the management of chronic debilitating pain.

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