Professor Romy Parker, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University of Cape Town

Monday 16–Tuesday 17 January

9.15 am


What is pain? In this course we will unpack a modern understanding of pain and how it is managed. In the first lecture participants will be invited to consider how they have felt pain in their own lives to provide insight into the complex sensory emotion that is pain. The idea that pain is a conscious, life-saving construct of the brain will be explored. In the second lecture we will explore some of the novel non-pharmacological treatments that can be used to treat complex chronic pain conditions including phantom limb pain, and chronic widespread pain.

Lecture titles

1. Pain: what is it?

2. Pain: what can we do about it?

Recommended reading

Moseley, G.L. 2007. Painful Yarns: metaphors and stories to help understand the biology of pain. Canberra: Dancing Giraffe Press.

Kamerman, P.R. et al. 2020. Almost 1 in 5 South African adults have chronic pain: a prevalence study conducted in a large nationally representative sample. Pain.161(7):1629–1635.

Ernstzen, D. et al. 2022. ‘So, you must understand that that group changed everything.’. Perspectives on a Telehealth group intervention for individuals with chronic pain. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 23, 538.

4. Participants will earn 2 CPD points for this course.