FACULTY OF PAIN MEDICINE RESEARCH
It is important for the future of our Faculty to promote Pain Research and to set priorities in terms of the direction of such research. This requires a critical mass of Fellows interested and active in research.
How is the FPM promoting Pain Research?
The Board sees Research as “core business” of the FPM and supports the FPM Research Committee and the need to “foster a Culture of Research”.
Since it’s inception in Feb 2004, the FPM Research Committee has addressed a number of important issues including Roles, Linkages, Infrastructure, and various Specific Projects (such as a Pain Medicine Prize, PhD Scholarship and Publication of FPM ASM abstracts).
Current projects of the Research Committee include:
Electronic persistent pain outcomes collaboration (ePPOC)
Collaborative development of a Chronic Pain Outcome Initiative to allow benchmarking of outcomes between specialist pain management services. The Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Centre (ePPOC) was developed in 2012 to support a national outcome system. ePPOC will be trialled in New South Wales.
A Research database is now live on the FPM website. The database has been a project of the FPM Research Committee with support from ANZCA IT staff. The intention is that the site can be used to help "facilitate a culture of research within FPM". By entering information about current projects researchers can encourage collaboration and also provide inspiration for others. It is hoped the site might allow emerging researchers to contact more established workers in their field of interest.
If you are currently engaged in research you are welcome to enter information about your work on the site. Hopefully this can be the beginning of many new contacts and conversations.
Log in to review the Research Database, click here.
To add your contribution to the Research Database, click here.
Support of research within the FPM including application to ANZCA and other funding bodies
and publication in peer reviewed journals.
Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation
Many of the advances in health care in Australasia that are crucial to the safety and well-being of patients in acute care and life-threatening situations owe their origins to pioneering research undertaken by Faculty Fellows. Despite this, research funding in Australia in the areas of anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care is the lowest of all medical specialties.
The Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation was established in 2007 to support research. Its mission is to:
- Increase the safety and comfort of patients undergoing anaesthesia and sedation.
- Improve outcomes for critically ill patients following surgery or trauma.
- Improve the treatment of acute pain, cancer pain and persistent non-cancer pain, focusing attention on "pain relief as a basic human right".
For further information, click here.
Pilot Grant Scheme
The Trials Group Pilot Grant Scheme is a fast-track program that is open to Fellows of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Pain Medicine. For further information, click here.
Collaboration with potential research partners.