Professional documents

A key function of the Faculty is to prepare and distribute professional documents, which set down the formal, board-approved guidelines for practice

Hospitals require these documents to be readily accessible to relevant staff at all times for reference as required. The professional documents also are referred to by government and other bodies, especially in the process of accreditation of healthcare facilities.


Professional documents are added to, and updated, according to changes in practice, technology and knowledge.


Professional documents


Joint ANZCA/FPM professional documents

ANZCA Professional documents adopted by the Faculty of Pain Medicine


Joint RACP/FPM professional documents

Position statements

Statement on the use of slow-release opioid preparations in the treatment of acute pain

Mounting evidence highlights the inappropriate use of slow-release opioids for the treatment of acute pain. The recommendations in this statement are in line with the approved indications for slow-release opioids listed by regulatory authorities including the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia, Medsafe in New Zealand, and the US Food and Drug Administration. 


Position Statement - Health of people seeking asylum

In support of universal access to safe affordable surgery and anaesthesia, when needed including adequate pain relief, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian Society of Anaesthetists and New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists have issued the following position statement.

Position Statement on Procedures in Pain Medicine (**PILOT**) 

This position statement outlines the faculty’s commitment to develop a clinical standard for procedures in pain medicine, provide and endorse training for the purposes of credentialing by health services, and collaborate with other organisations in order to further the aims of promoting safety and quality in the use of these procedures.

Administrative policies

AP01 Policy for the development and review of professional documents (**PILOT**) - 2018

Training and education

The FPM Training Handbook, the complementary by-law 4 and the Pain medicine training program 2015 Curriculum are available here. These three documents incorporate aspects of the training and educational professional documents.

Training unit accreditation

The FPM Accreditation Handbook has been written to complement by-law 19.  It includes details, guidelines and the processes involved in the accreditation process.



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