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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS235 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Pain assessment case scenario
Pain management strategies

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.