Pain Medicine Fellowship

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Pain Medicine training at Alfred Health offers a high standard of training in all areas of Pain Medicine, covering acute pain, complex pain (in-patients), chronic pain and cancer pain management.

Training is accredited by the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) of the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) towards Fellowship of FPM.

Candidates should apply to the Faculty of Pain Medicine for trainee registration and to determine the training requirements (

The Alfred Health position is ideally suited to the 12 month core training in Pain Medicine, and options for the 2nd year of training (professional development year) can be considered and facilitated through links with other centres in Victoria.

We are seeking either:

  • advanced trainees nearing completion of medical speciality training in their primary specialty
  • or holders of relevant medical fellowship specialties: Anaesthetists, Rehabilitation Medicine physicians and other specialties.

Pain Medicine

The field of Pain Medicine recognises that the management of severe pain problems requires the skills of more than one medical craft group. Such problems include:

  • Acute pain (post operative ward rounds, post-trauma, post burns, acute episodes of pain in "medical conditions").
  • Persistent (chronic) pain (including over 200 conditions described in the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Taxonomy of Chronic Pain 2nd Edition, such as phantom limb pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, mechanical low back pain)
  • Cancer pain (pain directly due to tumour invasion or compression, pain related to diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, pain due to cancer treatment).

The pain medicine specialist serves both as a consultant to other physicians and often as the principal treating physician. The spectrum of care provided by a pain specialist includes medical assessment and management including prescribing medication, directing a multidisciplinary team for rehabilitative management, counselling patients and families, performing pain relieving/modulating procedures, collaborating with other health care professionals, liaising with public and private agencies, updating, teaching and research in best practice of pain medicine.

The Fellowship in Pain Medicine is a post-specialisation qualification in Australia and New Zealand. Thus, those wishing to enter the field usually will either have or be training toward a specialist qualification in one of the participating specialties, namely anaesthesia, rehabilitation medicine, surgical specialties, psychiatry, a branch of internal medicine, or general practice .   

Educational Goals

The successful candidate would be expected to develop advanced skills in pain management which will include:

  • Acute Pain, including post-operative ward rounds, post-trauma, post-burns and acute episodes of pain in "medical conditions".
  • Chronic Pain, working in multidisciplinary pain management with full understanding and management of physical, psychological and social factors involved in service delivery
  • Cancer Pain management in all aspects
  • Pain related interventions: indications, assessment of patient suitability, complications and technical skills (if required)
  • Basic research skills and quality management in health care.


The training programme offers a 12 month appointment in a full time position, working across 2 campuses- Caulfield Hospital for the chronic pain service, and the Alfred Hospital for acute pain, cancer pain and complex pain inpatients.Trainees participate in the teaching programme run jointly by accredited FPM centres in Melbourne (usually Thursday afternoons from 4pm) There are regular onsite pain education activities and library access.

After Hours Commitment

The Fellow is not expected to participate in after-hours rosters. Training will occur "in hours" and is the priority activity. One session (half a day) can be made available, if desired, for practice in the Alfred or Caulfield Hospital, in the primary specialty field of the trainee (for example a rehabilitation medicine outpatient clinic, or an anaesthetic list).


Remuneration is according to the Victorian HMO Award


The applicant would need to have:

  • Registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency(APRHA)
  • Fellowship in designated Specialty or be an advanced trainee in specialty training (see above)
  • Registered as a Trainee with Faculty of Pain Medicine
  • Be intending to complete Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine by Qualification, Training and Examination.


Applications will be made to the Alfred Hospital (please follow the instructions below).

Specific dates vary each year but follow the pattern of:

  • Advertisements in May.
  • Closing date for applications is 29th June 2016.
  • Interviews for selection in July/ August 2016.
  • Positions commence early February 2017.

Eligible applicants will be short listed for interview based on experience and demonstrated interest in pain medicine relevant to the primary specialty, academic record and references. 


Enquiries can be directed in the first instance to:
Dr Alex Konstantatos (03) 9076 2854,  or
A/Prof Carolyn Arnold (03) 9076 6834,

Additional Information:   (information about Caulfield chronic pain service)    (information about Alfred Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine which runs the acute pain service)   (Faculty of Pain Medicine website, for training information)







Step 1:  Please download the HMO & Registrar Referee Form (Click Here) and distribute to
               three (3) referees.  Please advise your referees to return them directly to the 
               Medical Workforce Unit by the due date.  It is important that these forms 
               are returned by the due date 29th June 2016.

               All referees must be at consultant level.  

Step 2:  Click on the "Apply Now" button below to lodge your online application.  You
                will need to attach a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter as part of the
                application process.