Chronic pain management is a major and growing challenge for patients, healthcare professionals and the global healthcare system. Pain science can be quite disheartening as a topic – as there are no magic bullets or quick fixes in treating chronic pain. This can make engaging with this condition difficult, with the result that occupational therapists might choose to avoid exploring this area. Of all the approaches used in the treatment of chronic pain, occupational therapy shows some of the most promising results but remains relatively unknown to the public and other healthcare practitioners.

This workshop aims to introduce pain science and unveil the role of occupational therapy in chronic pain rehabilitation. The goal is to take the science and help occupational therapists translate it into tangible, clinical concepts and tools. It is suitable for new or experienced therapists wishing to gain a broader understanding in this area. We will be reviewing the most recent and relevant approaches and technologies for the care and management of chronic pain.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Pain Science Made Simple
    Learn about the basic neuroscience of pain, and the interrelationship between physiological, psychological, environmental and occupational processes in pain perception.
  • Pain Assessment in Occupational Therapy Practice
    Gain an overview of how to assess patients with pain (acute and chronic), and using assessment findings guide diagnostic, rehabilitation and occupation-related care plans
  • Interventions for Common Clinical Pain Syndromes
    Explore the different approaches to treat chronic pain, current available evidence on their efficacy and relevance in various occupational therapy settings. Discover how occupational therapists can implement effective interventions through therapeutic neuroscience education, psychological approaches, functional rehabilitation, soft tissue therapy and assistive technology.

This workshop will be delivered in a casual manner with inspiring recovery stories and short gentle yoga breaks (to make your experience as pain free as possible). You will leave with a better foundational knowledge and understanding in this emerging area of practice for occupational therapists.

About the Presenter :-

Ian Cheok graduated from Curtin University with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree, receiving the Head of the School Award and Outstanding Mentor Award. Additionally, he has received training from The Neuro Orthopaedic Institute, Neurotherapy Services, and is currently completing his postgraduate studies in chronic pain management at McGill University. He is also a qualified remedial massage therapist, completing a Diploma in Remedial Massage from The Australian College of Massage.

Ian strongly believes that when people with chronic are able to participate in activities they truly enjoy, their health and well being will be greatly improved. He thrives in helping others express the best version of themselves by honouring their unique personality and working around their strengths. He achieves this by employing soft tissue therapy to help clients modulate sensory discomfort and improve functional movement, cognitive behavioural techniques (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to enhance focus and engagement, and ergonomic principles to increase performance and safety in the workplace and at home.

Pain from an OT Perspective
Date Friday April 5th, 2019

08:30 – 16:30

Venue Pagoda Conference Room, Pagoda Resort, 112 Melville Parade, Como




Early bird before 5/3/19

Member $200.00

Rural/remote member $150.00

Non-members $375.00

Student $100.00

Standard rate after 5/3/19

Member $250.00

Rural/remote member $187.50

Non-members $375.00

Student $120.00

Refreshments Welcome coffee /tea, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

PD registration form (2019)