FPM trainee toolkit

We've developed a range of courses and resources to support your pain medicine training.


As pain medicine is a relatively short training program, we've identified references for reading prior to commencing training. 

Reading list

Better Pain Management program

All trainees must complete this online course within the first 11 weeks of training. You can access the modules once you've registered with the training program. Each of the twelve modules takes approximately an hour to complete.

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Clinical skills courses

We hold two annual courses for trainees targeting clinical skills development. A maximum of 40 places are available and preference will be given to trainees in the core training stage. While these courses are not compulsory it is strongly recommended that trainees attend.

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Essential topic area (ETA) modules

The ETA resources focus on integrating the Pain Medicine Roles in Practice with the clinical skills and knowledge of the nine essential topic areas and target a set of learning outcomes from the curriculum. It is important to note that these resources only contribute to the acquisition of some learning outcomes from the curriculum. They do not represent either the complete set of competencies for the topic area, or even all you need to know about the learning objectives targeted.

The essential topic areas modules act as a starting point for each topic area and are used in conjunction with private study and discussion forums to help you build proficiency in an area.

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Other resources 

Further resources to support your training, including recommended modules from our online learning and collaboration management system, Networks.

Pain oriented sensory testing (POST) guidelines

We developed these guidelines to standardise the terminology, equipment and techniques used for pain oriented sensory testing (POST) in clinical practice and exams. 

POST guidelines
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Recommended Networks modules

Training & Exams Resource Hub

This hub has been designed for trainees and educators participating in the ANZCA, FPM and DHM training programs to identify suitable training and education resources, and includes online access to the Primary Exam Reading List.

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Last updated 09:45 31.03.2022