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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This subject will cover the following topics:

understanding pain assessing pain treating pain


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.