Working with Chronic Pain

  • Oct
    Thu, 10 Oct 09:30 AM - Thu, 10 Oct 04:30 PM in Brunswick
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Chronic pain is exacerbated for people from refugee backgrounds by the challenges of navigating a complex and often fragmented health system. Understanding how to deliver a culturally appropriate, bio psychosocial, multidisciplinary model to assist with assessment and treatment of chronic pain can make a significant impact on the experiences and health outcomes of people from refugee backgrounds.

Content includes:

  • Revisit the ‘refugee and asylum seeking experiences’ and trauma-informed responses in health settings;
  • Explore pain as multidimensional and part of a body protection system;
  • Examine current and emerging issues in pain management;
  • Promote person-centred care, shared understanding and trust with clients;
  • Initiate an interdisciplinary approach to pain management for survivors of torture and trauma;
  • Explore specific types of bodywork, ‘therapeutic touch’ and client / patient responses.


The Intensive Introduction for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals is considered to be a pre-requisite for this workshop.

If you have significant experience working with people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds, you may be eligible for an exemption. Please email
noting your experience working with people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds (minimum 6 months working or volunteering) when requesting an exemption.

Suitable for

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals working with people from refugee backgrounds in a variety of settings.


Foundation House is able to provide professional development for nurses and allied health due to the support of the Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore this workshop is provided without charge to professionals working in these areas.
Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea included.