Pain and symptom management resources

Join PainSA

PainSA is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Their mission is to improve all aspects of pain management in Southern Africa.

Join PainSA: https://painsa.org.za


Train Pain Academy

Train Pain is a not-for-profit organisation formed to deliver high quality pain education to health care professionals involved in the management of acute and simple chronic pain in normal clinical settings. Their mission is to improve knowledge and skills of health care professionals to manage pain – acute and simple chronic in normal clinical settings through providing high quality collaborative pain education.

The Certificate in Pain Management is an educational initiative offered by the Train Pain Academy NPO with the goal of improving the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals managing patients in their clinical practice. Candidates will graduate once they have completed 6 modules in a period of 3 years and passed all the voluntary exams.

Visit their website to learn more: http://trainpainacademy.co.za/


Below you will find a number of links to downloadable resources on pain and symptom management in children’s palliative care.

Basic Symptom Control in Paediatric Palliative Care (with 5th edition Formulary 2020)

Basic Symptom Control in Paediatric Palliative Care is a key clinical tool used by children’s palliative care doctors and nurses across the world. It is the only resource of its kind that provides comprehensive guidelines for treating a wide range of symptoms experienced by children with life-limiting or complex health conditions.

Learn more on the Together for Short Lives website

Download as a PDF:  ProRes-Symptom-Control-Manual-with-4th-edition-formulary-2017


Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM) Master Formulary 2020 (5th edition)

The Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Master Formulary series represents the first significant attempt to collate all available dosing information to support prescribing in paediatric palliative care in a single volume.

Visit the website to download this resource.


WHO Guide: Integrating palliative care and symptom relief in paediatrics

A wide range of childhood health problems can generate the need for palliative care and symptom relief including not only advanced noncommunicable disease and HIV/AIDS, but also severe prematurity, birth trauma, congenital anomalies, severe non-progressive disabilities such as paraplegia and quadriplegia, drug-resistant tuberculosis and injuries. Paediatric palliative care requires special knowledge and skills, and it is essential that all providers of primary health care for children and paediatric specialty care possess these competencies.

The contents of this guide are relevant to anyone involved with planning, implementing or managing paediatric palliative care, including officials of United Nations organizations working with children, Ministry of Health officials, public health leaders, hospital managers, nongovernmental organizations, general and specialist paediatricians, surgeons, anaesthesiologists, primary care providers and palliative care providers. It has been developed by a working group of experts in PPC and symptom relief from around the world with extensive experience in working in low and middle income countries.

Download the Guide 


Pediatric Pain Letter

Pediatric Pain Letter (PPL) provides free, open-access, peer-reviewed commentaries on pain in infants, children and adolescents. It is published online in February, June and October.

Download the latest volume


Paediatric Pain Profile (PPP)

The Paediatric Pain Profile (PPP) is a behaviour rating scale for assessing pain in children with severe physical and learning impairments. From the website you can download the PPP with instructions for its use.

Visit the website


How to become a P.I. Pain Investigator into Childhood Pain

Dr Annemarie Oberholzer

This book will prepare you to become a PI – Pain Investigator. You will be able to solve some of the mysteries of childhood pain, and you will also get the right tools to handle painful experiences. It explores the mystery of pain as this is crucial in understanding pain.

Download as a PDF: http://peprogram.co.za/free-book


The ICPCN Pain Assessment Tool

The ICPCN Pain Assessment Tool is an app for smartphones that is:

  • universally relevant to children of all races and cultures
  • provides intuitive, child friendly and interactive pain scales
  • tracks and measures the child’s pain type and levels over an extended period of time.

The app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store for android phones and the Apple iStore.

Visit the website