Pain in Paradise 23


'Acute and Chronic Pain in Primary Care' Training Conference

7th - 9th of July 2023

(Conference starts with the welcome reception @ 5.30pm 7th of July)


 Join us 'in person' or enjoy the live stream from home


The conference will feature training on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic pain in General Practice.

It will feature presentations from some of Australia's most accomplished Pain Practitioners and will provide you with workable strategies for helping reduce your patient's dependence on opioids.

RACGP / ACRRM CPD Pending 17 hours

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Your in person venue

Peppers Soul 

Beachfront at Surfers Paradise

8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD

(or stay home and watch live online)

Your CPD:

Pending approval  2 days Anesthetics Procedural grant

Pending RACGP/ACRRM 17 hours CPD (15 EA, 2 MO)

Your Family Holiday:

Bring your family to the Gold Coast this winter.

You will enjoy the conference, while your family hit the theme parks or beach.

Daytime water temperature is 21 degrees

Patrolled Surf beach is directly in front of Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise

Cavill Avenue is 50 metres away with wonderful family friendly restaurants and activities

Plan your visit

Your Accommodation:

Choose from any hotel in Surfers Paradise or close by in Broadbeach. Stay at:

Peppers Soul (venue)

Hilton Surfers Paradise (one block from venue)

Mantra Surfers Paradise  (5-10 minute walk from venue)

Or search for your ideal place to stay

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Friday 7th of July

(Flexible  Learning Day)


 Theme: Setting the scene Acute and chronic pain - Flexible learning day

5.30 pm Welcome Reception 

To maximize your learning and minimize the time spent inside a conference venue, we have implemented a flexible approach to learning.

Friday 7th of July is a 'flex day'.

All of Friday's training will be pre-recorded and delivered to you to watch prior to the conference.

You can watch it anytime before you arrive in Surfers Paradise, or even in your room on Friday if you prefer.

Topics and Presenters:

 Opioid De-Prescribing and other treatment options (A GP & drug & alcohol specialist's perspective) Dr Ester Han

Deprescribing opiates in chronic pain (A consultant psychiatrist's perspective) Associate Professor Newman Harris

Q&A - Opiate Issues & Solutions in General Practice Dr. Katherine Shomali & A/Prof. Newman Harris

Virtual Reality for Analgesia and Rehabilitation Dr. Phil Austin

Early Intervention in GP Practice: A 10 item test Dr. Duncan Sanders

Chronic pain patients and their partners Prof. Toby Newton-John

Then you are invited to join us for:

5.30 pm - 6.30 pm The Welcome Reception 

Saturday 8th of July



Theme: Preventing Ongoing Pain and Opioid Dependance

8.45 - 9.00 Welcome Associate Prof Newman Harris

9.00 - 9.45 Managing Opioid Prescribing after Hospital - a balanced approach while keeping within the guidelines Dr Anthony Sayce

9.45 - 10.30 Medication Rationalisation in the Community Joyce McSwan Pain Management Pharmacist

10.30 - 11.00  Break/Reflection 

Theme: Managing Ongoing Pain and Opioid Tapering

11.00 - 11.45 There is more to Pain Medicine than Opioids  Dr. Liam Ring

11.45 - 12.30 Motivating Patients to Reduce their Dose Associate Professor Newman Harris

12.30 - 11.30 Lunch/reflection @ Hyde Paradiso

1.30 - 2.15 Cannabinoids: what you don't know Dr Selena Boyd

2.15 - 3.00 Cannibinoids Q & A Dr. Selena Boyd and A/Prof Newman Harris

3.00 - 3.45 Sleep and chronic pain: practical tips for your patients (and maybe you too!) Professor Toby Newton-John

3.45 - 4.30 Panel: GPs Optimising Pain Treatment - how to best utilise resources Dr. Katherine Shomali (chair) A/Prof Newman Harris. Prof. Toby Newton John, Catherine Ketsimur

4.30 End of day

Sunday 9th of July



Theme: Neuropathic & Complex Lower Limb Pain

9.00 - 9.45 Musculoskeletal and Neuropathic Pain Update Dr. Duncan Sanders

9.45 - 10.30 Neuropathic Foot and Ankle Pain with Q&A - Achilles, Plantar Fascia, Lateral Ankle (ATFL), Tib Post. Catherine Ketsimur

10.30 - 11.00 Morning Tea

Theme: The Business of Pain 

11.00 - 1.00 The Business of Pain. How to utilize medicare billings correctly and ensure you are paid for the extra time chronic pain patients require. Dr April Armstrong

1.00 Lunch and conference close


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'Pain In Paradise' Primary Care Training Weekend

$895 'In Person' Delegate (save $400)

(Early Bird Pricing) Limited Tickets (7th - 9th of July 2023)

  • Flexible Pre-Learning Lectures
  • Welcome reception
  • Face To Face training in Surfers Paradise Saturday/Sunday
  • Plenty of Family Friendly Accommodation Options
  • Average July daily Maximum Temperature 21 Degrees Celsius (& ocean temperature 21 degrees)
  • CPD funding available for eligible Rural Practitioners (T&C Apply - see below*)
  • Access to all recordings for 4 months after the live event.

'Pain In Paradise' Primary Care Training Weekend

$495 'Virtual' Delegate (Save $400)

(Early Bird Pricing) Watch from home

  • Flexible Pre-Learning Lectures
  • Live Stream from Surfers Paradise Saturday/Sunday
  • Avoid the warm weather and holiday atmosphere of Surfers Paradise
  • CPD funding available for eligible Rural Practitioners (T&C Apply - see below*)
  • Access to all recordings for 4 months after the live event.
  • Can't attend on the 8th and 9th? This is also the option for you to access all the recordings.

Do you practice in a regional, rural or remote area?

If so you may be eligible for this training to be fully reimbursed.*

* If you live in a regional area you may be eligible to have the costs fully covered by a Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).

Multiple bursary payments totalling up to $10,000 per financial year are available for eligible General Practitioners, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. 

Specific Eligibility Criteria is subject to change and available on the HWSP websites. These HWSP bursaries are generally available for medical practitioners who provide services within a regional, rural or remote primary health setting. RRR settings as defined as Modified Monash Model (MMM) 3-7, ie. Practicing in or outside of a town of 50,000 residents or less. 

Exact postcode eligibility can be found here.

Note: The process for HWSP bursaries is purchase access to the masterclass, receive your receipt from us, then claim your fees back from your HWSP provider. To insure there is no Return of Service Obligations (ROSO) you should complete your education within 6 months of applying for the bursary from HWSP

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