NRS235 Pain Management (8)


This subject aims to further develop the ability of clinicians to care for people who are experiencing pain. This subject therefore explores topics including the anatomy and physiology of nociception, types of pain, psychological and behavioural responses to pain, pain assessment and management of pain.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS235
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
describe the function of body structures involved in the four stages of nociception (transduction, transmission, perception and modulation);
differentiate between major types of pain;
discuss theoretical models that help to explain individual differences in suffering and pain behaviour;
discuss factors that frequently contribute to suffering and pain behaviour;
describe strategies and tools frequently used to assess pain and the effectiveness of pain control therapies;
discuss the benefits and limitations of various pain control therapies; and
discuss legal and ethical issues associated with managing pain.


The subject will cover the following topics:
understanding pain assessing pain treating pain


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.