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This course will provide an understanding on pain neuroscience research and evidence, as well as the models of pain.


This course is suitable for new graduates, early career therapists and experienced therapists.


At the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Understand pain neuroscience research and evidence
  • Understand models of pain
  • Anatomy and physiology of pain, peripheral and central nervous system pathways, descending inhibition and modulation, neural transmitters
  • Pain perception
  • Inflammation and pain
  • Various pain models e.g. Neural matrix theory, fear avoidance model, biopsychosocial model of pain
  • Acute and persistent pain
  • To integrate learning through case studies and small group discussion


 Dr Cate Sinclair

Dr. Cate Sinclair is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience who has a private practice with a focus on pain management and sensory modulation. She previously worked as the senior occupational therapist at the Children’s Pain Management Clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Cate has clinical pain management experience across the lifespan with children, adolescents and adults experiencing persistent pain. Cate completed a Doctor of Philosophy with the University of Queensland in 2018, investigating the relationships between sensory modulation, attachment and functional capacity for children and adolescents with persistent pain. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, and publication. Cate completed a Master’s in Art Therapy in 2001, and Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy in 1986.

 Fiona Thomas

Ms Fiona Thomas has worked as an occupational therapist in the field of musculoskeletal rehab and pain management for 25 years. She started her OT career in hand therapy which lead into industrial rehabilitation/ work conditioning programmes and then into pain management. She has worked both in private and public hospital settings and is currently at the Caulfield Pain Management and Research Centre and Pain Specialists Australia. She received a small hospital research grant in 2010 to look at self-efficacy and functional outcomes and has been actively involved in the research arm of the unit. At present her interests are in promoting the role of occupational therapy approaches within pain management, promoting activity and work engagement within a pain population, biofeedback, graded motor imagery and the therapeutic value of activity in modifying pain and sensory processing mechanisms. She has presented at the pain management special interest group, Australian Pain Society conferences, MOVE and on functional approaches in the elderly pain population for the NARI (National Aging and Research Institute). Fiona is currently the occupational therapy representative on the Australian Pain Society Relationships Committee. 

Total CPD claimable workshop hours: 2

This is a recorded webinar session that was held on the 27th May 2022. 

This resource is run through our external learning platform. All registrants will receive an email containing information on how to set up their online course account and/ or a  notification that a course has been allocated to them. Please be sure to check all email folders including junk and clutter. 

You will be assigned an access period of 12 weeks to complete this online course upon activation.

To ensure you receive all correspondence we recommend registering for this workshop with a personal email address.


Member: $90 
Student/New Graduate Member: $80 
Non Member: $120 

(All pricing is inclusive of GST)

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