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EPM: September 2021 Newsletter

We are delighted to announce the launch of EPM Online that occurred at the 17th World Congress of Anesthesiologists recently.
Recognising the challenges of delivering face-to-face education since the emergence of COVID-19, we have taken the traditional EPM training course and created a fully online, interactive, do-at-your-own-pace online course.
EPM Online is not intended to replace face-to-face EPM, but will add an additional, accessible resource to the EPM suite of products.
EPM Online has been developed in a partnership between ANZCA, Interplast Australia & New Zealand(Interplast) and Praxhub, with funding from ANZCA, Interplast and the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian NGO Cooperation Program, and support from the following organisations:

EPM Online provides a primer in the essentials of pain management. It covers the tools that can be used to RECOGNISE, ASSESS and record pain, some physiology and pathophysiology of the nerve pathways and a review of both non-pharmacological and pharmacological options to TREAT pain.
We have included a short section on barriers to pain management, and reiterate the importance of continuing to REASSESS pain, even after treatment has been provided..
This online course also provides a series of cases using videos to demonstrate the use of the EPM RAT in patients with acute trauma and postoperative pain, cancer pain and chronic non-cancer pain.
The course is run through the Praxhub platform, users will need to register for Praxhub to access the course, but this process is quick, easy and free. Once you are a Praxhub member, you’ll also have free access to hundreds of other, high quality online educational resources.
To access the course, simply follow this link. You will be prompted to register, or to log-in if you are already registered. Once you have done this, you’ll be taken directly to the EPM online page, where you can commence the course.
You can pause and come back to the course at any time. The full course will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Once you receive an 80 per cent pass rate, you will be able to download a certificate of completion. Three to four times a year, EPM faculty will contact those who have completed EPM online to invite them to participate in a live, zoom-based small group case discussion session.
For more information on how the course was developed, how it works, and how to access it, you can watch thisshort video.
We welcome feedback (email us at, and we hope that this resource is shared far and wide across the globe, to extend the reach of Essential Pain Management.
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