Carolyn Arnold is a Pain Medicine physician working in acute and chronic pain services in Alfred Health as well as consulting for work injury cases in Victoria. She enjoys teaching and clinically based outcome research.
Carolyn has extensive experience in managing complex chronic pain, applying a multifaceted biopsychosocial approach. Unfortunately a lot of her work involves dealing with opiate dependence in chronic pain which is a particular challenge in face of over treatment with opioids and increasing misuse. Carolyn is Head of Pain Management in Alfred Health and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne.
Chronic pain affects one in five Australians. Research into pain and pain management grows rapidly. Although about one in 10 Australians uses acupuncture for pain management in primary care, the effective use of this non-drug therapy in modern pain medicine is an area yet to be explored. In this workshop, A/Prof Arnold, a pain specialist, will present on modern pain research findings with a focus on how cognitions and behaviours modify pain. A/Prof Zheng will showcase a patient education brochure that has been developed by a multi-disciplinary team at RMIT University, and discuss on how the brochure can be used in acupuncture practice. Finally Dr Wong Lit Wan will explain the impact of the endogenous pain controls on individual’s response to acupuncture and on needle placement. There will be time for interaction.