Understanding and Working with Chronic Pain

Understanding the complexities of chronic pain in working with people from refugee backgrounds.


This workshop explores ways of delivering a culturally appropriate, bio-psychosocial, multidisciplinary model to assist with assessment and treatment of chronic pain. It examines ways chronic pain can be exacerbated for people from refugee backgrounds by the ongoing impact of trauma and settlement factors, including the challenge of navigating complex and often fragmented health systems.

Content includes
  • Revisiting ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeking Experiences’ and trauma informed responses in health settings;
  • Exploration of pain as multidimensional and part of a body protection system;
  • Current and emerging issues in pain management;
  • An interdisciplinary approach to pain management for survivors of torture and trauma; and
  • ‘Therapeutic touch’ and client/patient engagement skills.

Suitable for

Only available to Nurses and Allied Health professionals.


Participants will be expected to have completed either a Foundation House Introductory workshop, or ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeking Experiences’ Online.

The online option is available free as a pre-requisite when you register for this workshop.


This program is funded for Nurses and Allied Health professionals through the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore there is no cost to professionals working in these areas.