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Pain medicine hub : Information & resources

This hub has been designed for pain medicine fellows, trainees, and any medical professionals interested in resources for keeping up-to-date with current research in the area of pain medicine, including those resources available through the ANZCA library.

Guide index

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Pain medicine essentials

The Pain Medicine Essentials guide has been designed for medical specialists interested in pain medicine to locate core resources.

Acute pain

 The Acute pain guide contains resources designed for specialist pain medicine physicians treating acute pain. 

The Acute Pain Special Interest Group (SIG) is one of 17 SIGs jointly managed by ANZCA, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA), and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) through the Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) partnership. More information about the SIG, including its members and how to join, is available on the ANZCA website. 

Cancer pain

The Cancer pain guide has been designed for pain specialists interested in the area of pain management in people with cancer, and provides a compilation of resources relevant to this topic.

Chronic pain

The Chronic pain guide has been designed for pain specialists interested in the area of chronic pain management, and provides a compilation of resources relevant to this topic.

Medicinal cannabis

The Medicinal cannabis guide has been designed for anaesthetists, pain medicine specialists, and medical professionals interested in locating relevant resources on medicinal cannabis. This guide is intended to provide a starting point for medical professionals interested in the topic, not to promote or advocate the use of medicinal cannabis. 


The Neuromodulation guide has been designed for specialist pain medicine physicians interested in neuromodulation, to locate relevant resources on this topic. Related resources (e.g. neurology, neurosurgery, neuroanaesthesia, medical ethics, and atlases related to understanding the brain and pain medicine) are included.

Paediatric pain

This guide has been designed for pain medicine specialists interested in paediatric pain to locate relevant resources on this topic, including those available through the ANZCA library.

Regional anaesthesia

Resources and information related to Regional anaesthesia


The Research support hub brings together the various resources provided by the ANZCA library to support research.

The Research support toolkit (RSTK) is a primer for emerging investigators and research co-ordinators who would like to know more and support materials for both new and established researchers.

The FPM Better Pain Management program has been designed for specialist and general medical practitioners, medical students, nurses and allied health practitioners engaged in the care of patients with persistent pain. It consists of twelve online education modules each designed to be completed in one hour.

Better Pain Management 

Pain medicine training & exams

The pain medicine training program comprises a minimum of two years' clinical experience directly related to pain medicine, which allows specialists and those completing a specialty training program to become a specialist pain medicine physician.

A large number of online resources are available to support pain medicine trainees:

A number of resources are available to assist with exam preparation for pain medicine trainees:

The library subscribes to numerous core resources which trainees will find useful:

A number of resources have been created to support supervisors of training (SOTs):

Conceptual basis of pain medicine

The Conceptual basis of pain medicine guide contains resources intended to support and assist those entering the FPM pain medicine training program to gain the essential knowledge required. They are not intended to be exclusive, rather to stimulate interest and encourage learning. 

FPM Procedures Endorsement Program Curriculum

The FPM Procedures Endorsement Program curriculum defines the required learning, teaching and assessment of FPM endorsees. This guide contains all references in the curriculum, including those available through the ANZCA library.

Procedures in pain medicine

The Procedures in pain medicine guide is intended to support understanding of the Procedures in Pain Medicine Clinical Care Standard, by linking to resources mentioned in the document as well as promote relevant resources on similar topic areas, which are available through the ANZCA Library and external links.

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