Averting a public health crisis of opioid overdose deaths by encouraging psychological pain management in health services

Event number: 19232
1.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Professor John Toumbourou, Dr Mike Shelley

This webinar will outline steps that can be taken to enhance the utilisation of effective psychological pain management practices in Australian health services. In recent experience in the United States, regulatory efforts to reduce opioid pain management have been associated with increased illicit opioid use and a public health crisis of increased overdose deaths is unfolding. The Australian Psychological Society, College of Health Psychologists is seeking to encourage increased adoption of effective psychological behaviour change pain management approaches within Australian health services. This webinar will outline client activity pacing as an effective behaviour change strategy that can improve pain management. The webinar will also outline how clinical practice change can be facilitated using health promotion campaigns for behaviour change within health service organisations. The webinar will outline a one day workshop that the College has designed to assist health service leaders and stakeholders to assess the opportunities within their organisation to enhance the utilisation of effective psychological pain management and to strategically plan improvements. 


Learning Outcomes: 

At the completion of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Outline the growing trends world-wide of the health impacts of opioid dependency
  • Describe client activity pacing, which is an effective behaviour change procedure to improve pain management 
  • Discuss the potential challenges that patients face in efforts to adopt activity pacing, and how these can be overcome 
  • Describe how changing clinical practices within health service organisations can be facilitated using health promotion campaigns for behaviour change 
  • Consider attending a one day workshop offered by the College that outlines methods and resources for health service leaders to build capacity to enhance effective psychological pain management across their services 


Professor John Toumbourou is based at Deakin University. John is the Chair in Health Psychology within the School of Psychology and the Leader in Translation Sciences within the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development. He has published over 300 papers, 199 in peer-refereed journals. He is a prominent social advocate in areas related to child and adolescent mental health promotion and the prevention of alcohol and drug problems. Professor Toumbourou has been influential internationally and nationally in assisting the development of research and practice in the fields of prevention science and health psychology. In 2009 he received the Award of Distinction from the Australian Psychological Society, for his research contributions to the area of health psychology, his leadership as National Chair and as a founding signatory of the College of Health Psychologists.

Dr Mike Shelley has a PhD in health psychology and 20 years of experience working in chronic pain. He has worked in public health as the Director of psychology in Queensland Health, Allied Health leader in the Gold Coast Chronic Pain Services, along with working in the Mater Private Hospital Pain, Mood Disorder programs and the Townsville Hospital Pain service. He has been a lecturer at James Cook University and the University of Queensland and has several publications in health psychology and presentations at national and international conferences. Mike is currently the Service Director for Innervate Pain Management which delivers evidence based individual and group interdisciplinary chronic pain treatments. Mike is a National Committee member for the APS College of Health Psychologists, and holds membership of the ACI Executive (chronic pain) and other clinical advisory groups.

Online registration


Start date: 12/12/2017
End date: 12/12/2017
Time: 7.00 - 8.30 pm AEDT


$80 APS Member
$120 APS Non Member


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