Think Big

FPM Refresher Course Day


The Faculty of Pain Medicine warmly welcome you to the 2017 Refresher Course Day.

Big specifics

It gives me great pleasure to invite all FPM and ANZCA Fellows, trainees and health professionals interested in pain medicine, to the 15th Annual Faculty of Pain Medicine Refresher Course Day in 2017. The meeting will be held Friday 12 May, immediately prior to the ANZCA/FPM “Think Big” Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

The theme “Big specifics” will complement the ASM and will deal with the big challenges involved in specific types of pain such as paediatric and pelvic pain. It will also give practical tips on how to specifically manage persistent pain. How do we interpret big data, create big networks for pain management across vast distance yet apply this to our specific patients.

We have two exciting international speakers headlining the program. Professor Christopher Eccleston from the Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath, UK is a leading authority in research and development as a Member of Scientific Research Committee (Marie Curie); Field Editor for Psychology, PAIN and a coordinating editor of Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Cochrane Review Group. His research interests include evidence based pain management; self-management of chronic illness; assistive rehabilitative technology; adolescent chronic pain and parenting.

Dr Suellen Walker, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Great Ormond Street, UK will compliment Christophers’ knowledge with expertise in paediatric anaesthesia, acute and chronic pain management. Her research focuses on evaluating age-related changes in pain response, the long-term effects of early pain and injury and developmental pharmacodynamics of analgesic drugs.

They are supported by a very talented group of experts from Australia and New Zealand with backgrounds in paediatric and pelvic pain, science, research, psychology and ethics for pain medicine.

I look forward to warmly welcoming you all to Brisbane and the Sunshine State next year.

Dr Kathleen Cooke
FPM Refresher Course Day Scientific Convenor 2017

Meeting highlights

Big data, big distances, big questions. A BIG program!
What is your interest?

• Evidence based pain management: the good, the bad and the ugly.
• Neuropathic paediatric pain: diagnosis and management.
• Pelvic pain: understanding the big picture.
• Psychology and disability.

Meeting venue

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Corner Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane
+61 7 3308 3000

Plenary room
Plaza Level, rooms P9&10

Exhibition room
Plaza Level, room P11

FPM Annual Dinner – SOLD OUT

All work and no play . . . we look forward to seeing you at the Faculty dinner at Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland’s home for contemporary culture; a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts and cultural hub on the Brisbane River. The Rooftop Terrace boasts heritage-listed graffiti walls, bay windows and a covered deck with million dollar views overlooking the Brisbane River and city. A great way to close another successful Refresher Course Day. Please indicate your attendance when registering for the meeting.


A range of accommodation has been reserved for delegates but is selling fast. For further information, please click here or see the accommodation section of the ASM Registration Brochure on page 54.

Healthcare industry sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

The meeting is generously sponsored by:

We are inviting organisations to consider the benefits and opportunities associated with becoming involved as a sponsor or exhibitor of the FPM Refresher Course Day. The Organising Committee recognises the need to strengthen and enhance partnerships and is committed to bringing the interest of both parties together to build strong and worthwhile relationships.

The healthcare industry sponsorship and exhibition prospectus details the opportunities available to give sponsors exposure across the whole range of pre-event marketing as well as maximum access to delegates during the meeting.

CPD approval

This event is claimable by ANZCA/FPM CPD participants within Knowledge and Skills; Lectures: 1 credit per hour.

For further Refresher Course Day details contact the Faculty office:

Phone: +61 3 9510 6299

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