Dawn is a lecturer at RMIT University. She completed her PhD on acupuncture and endogenous pain controls. She has special interest in the field of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Her research experience is in quantitative sensory analysis, clinical pain research and patient engagement.
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.