FPM Professional Documents

A key function of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) is to prepare and distribute professional documents, which set down the formal, board-approved guidelines for practice, including:

PM01: Recommendations regarding the use of opioid analgesics in patients with chronic non-cancer pain. »

PM01 (Appendix 1): Quick reference recommendations for conduct of an opioid trial in chronic non-cancer pain »

PM01 (Appendix 2): Opioid dose equivalence – Calculation of Oral Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose (oMEDD) »

PM03: Lumbar epidural administration of corticosteroids »

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Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence (4th edition) 2015

Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence is published every five years by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetist and its Faculty of Pain Medicine and covers a wide range of clinical topics, combining a review of the best available evidence for acute pain management with current clinical and expert practice.

The Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence (4th Edition) 2015 can be downloaded here as a PDF file.

Opioid Calculator

The Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists has developed an opioid equianalgesic calculator, designed for specialist and general medical practitioners as well as for medical students, nurses and allied health practitioners engaged in the care of patients with persistent pain. This is an essential clinical tool simplifying the calculation of equianalgesia expressed as total oral morphine equivalent daily dose (oMEDD). It is available as a free smart phone application in both Apple and Android versions and on desktop.

National Pain Strategy

Australia was the first country in the world to develop a national framework for the treatment and management of pain: the National Pain Strategy.

The recommendations contained in this Strategy have been developed through an independent process, including discussion at the National Pain Summit in March 2010. The process included health professionals, consumers, funders and industry. It was led by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian Pain Society, and Chronic Pain Australia in collaboration with inaugural supporters, the MBF Foundation and the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute.

Support pain medicine research and education

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists established the ANZCA Research Foundation to support medical research and education that saves lives, helps people to optimize their health, and works to make life as pain-free as possible.

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Better Pain Management is an initiative of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.