2023 IASP-Southeast Asian

Pain Management Camp


The IASP Southeast Asian Pain Management Camp is an inter-professional residential education program in pain management funded by the IASP and run by the Association of Southeast Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS). The aim of the Pain Camp is to improve the knowledge and practice of pain management and is targeted at young healthcare professionals in Southeast Asia. Since 2011, 5 pain camps have been run just prior to the biennial ASEAPS Congress in Bangkok, Singapore, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Malaysia. The program has had a positive impact on pain education and practice to a total of 145 healthcare professionals from ASEAN countries and other LMICs in Asia and the Pacific including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, Timor Leste and Fiji.

In 2023, The Thai Association for the Study of Pain (TASP) is organizing the 6th IASP-Southeast Asian Pain Management Camp followed by the 9th Association of Southeast Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) Congress. This Pain Camp is being supported by a grant from the IASP and is also supported by members of ASEAPS and SARPS (South Asian Regional Pain Society).


The 2023 IASP Southeast Asian Pain Management Camp program will focus on topics that are relevant to day-to-day clinical practice, providing 3 days of interactive interdisciplinary educational activities and a 1-day refresher course on the latest in basic science and clinical practice in pain management.


The 2023 IASP Southeast Asian Pain Management Camp program will focus on topics that are relevant to day-to-day clinical practice, providing 3 days of interactive interdisciplinary educational activities and a 1-day refresher course on the latest in basic science and clinical practice in pain management.

Program Date Vanue
Part I: 30 April to 2 May 2023. Buddy Oriental Hotel, Pak Kred, province, Thailand
Part II: 3 May 2023 Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Thailand


The 2023 IASP-Southeast Asian Pain Management Camp is organized by Mary Cardosa, Pongparadee Chaudakshetrin and a coordinating team from TASP who will handling all local responsibilities.

Mary Cardosa
Pongparadee Chaudakshetrin

The faculty includes researchers and clinicians from IASP, and ASEAPS, many of whom have been involved in the previous IASP-Southeast Asian Pain Management Camps: Michael K Nicholas, Fiona Blyth AM, Andrew S.C. Rice, Roger Goucke, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Catherine Bushnell, Ramani Vijayan, Jocelyn C. Que, Jimmy Barus, Takdir Musba, Angela Yeo, Ong Say Yang, Phyu Phyu Lay, Supranee Niruthisard and Sasikarn Nimmarnrat.


1. Participants will need to attend the full event (4 days).
2. Participants must understand and speak English as all lectures and teaching activities will be carried out in English.
3. Selected participants will be required to complete the online EPM (Essential Pain Management) module and complete the post-test with at least an 80% assing score prior to attending the pain camp.

The EPM Online is available at the Praxhub website https://app.praxhub.com/education/390 Participants must email the certificate from the EPM Online as proof of completion of this course.


The 2023 IASP-ASEAPS Pain Management Camp is open to 32 medical doctors and allied healthcare professionals (nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, and pharmacists) from any specialty, who are working on a full time basis in medical services of hospitals and teaching institutions based in ASEAN and other LMICs in Asia and the Pacific.(See list of eligible countries)


The registration fee for IASP-ASEAPS Pain Management Camp is a non-refundable USD1500, and covers the course fee, food and all on-site activities and workshops. Ground transportation from Suvannaphumi / DonMueng airport to Buddy Riverside Hotel and from Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok to Suvannaphumi / DonMueng airport will be provided. Travel stipends for airfare and accommodation are available for applicants from non-ASEAPS countries. The travel and accommodation of selected participants from ASEAPS and SARPS countries will be supported by their respective pain societies.


1. Fill the online application form
2. Resume / CV with recent photo
3. Copy of Medical/allied health sciences degree/
4. Letter of recommendations from 2 referees (one should be from delegate’s institute, workplace or local Pain association who will support his/her travel and accommodation)


Once your complete application has been received and processed, your application will be reviewed by a Selection Committee, who will base their evaluation on the submitted documents (letter of interest, resume and letters of recommendation). Shortlisted applicants may have to provide upplemental documents to enrich their application file. Selected candidates will receive a notification e-mail and will have to complete the EPM online course before being confirmed as a participant in the 2023 Pain Camp


1. Applications open: November 15th , 2022
2. Applications close: January 15th ,2023
3. Notification of results: February 20th, 2023
4. Date of event: April 30th to May 3rd , 2023

19:00 - 21:00 Dinner together with ice breaking session
SUNDAY 30 APR 2023
08:15 - 08:30 Welcome Remarks
08:30 - 09:30 EPM Summary, Q&A with case discussion using RAT model
09:30 - 11:30 I. Biopsychosocial model of pain & communication
Biopsychosocial model of pain
Communication & taking a pain history
11:30 - 16:40 II. Pain assessment and management of Pain
Assessment of acute and chronic pain
Demonstration on assessment of chronic pain patients
Pain in children
Acute pain management
Cancer pain management
What is neuropathic pain?
Chronic neuropathic pain
Chronic low back Pain
Feedback, Q&A
16:45 - 17:45 Group assignment 1 (R-A-T)
Preparation of assignment 1 (Group work)
19:00 - 21:00 “Status of pain management/services in my country/hospital” or “Pain management in my workplace” each participant to present 5-7 mins
08:30 - 10:00 Presentation of Assignments
(15 min/group x 4 groups)
10:00 - 14:45 III. Multidisciplinary Pain Management of the Common Pain Conditions
Multidisciplinary Pain Management
Pharmacological pain management (non-opioids, opioids, adjuvants)
Non-pharmacological treatment (Physical modalities and exercise program)
Role of interventional pain management
CBT in pain management
CBT Practical session
- Case formulation
- How to treat self
-management strategies
14:45 - 17:00 IV. Common Pain problems and Management Strategies
Case Formulation & Management plan - case discussion
Presentation from groups
How to teach Relaxation technique
Assignment: What would I do after the pain camp
Feedback, Q&A
19:00 - 21:00 V. Overcoming the barriers to good pain management
- Medications
- Patients
- Healthcare personnel
- Healthcare system
Identify barriers in your workplace
Group discussion
Presentation of group discussion
08:30 - 10:00 VI. Burden of Pain in Southeast Asia and Setting Up Pain Services
Burden of pain in Southeast Asia
Setting up pain services
Career development and supportive program
Chapter setting up opportunity
10:00 - 10:30 Panel discussion with all the faculty
13:00 - 16:00 VII. Pain Clinic and site visit
08:15 - 08:30


08:30 - 09:00

Mechanism of Nociceptive, Neuropathic and Nociplastic Pain

Chuthamanee  Suthisisang  (Thailand)

09:00 - 09:30

Differences and Similarities Between Neuropathic Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain and Visceral Pain: Implications for Management

Lars  Arendt-Nielsen  (Denmark)

09:30 - 10:00

Roles and Mechanisms of the Non-Pharmacological Analgesic Treatments in Chronic Pain Patients

Catherine  Bushnell  (USA)

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 - 10:30

Coffee & Tea Break

10:30 - 11:00

Acute Pain Management in Trauma Patient

Ramani  Vijayan(Malaysia)

11:00 - 11:30

Recent Advances of Opioid for Pain Management

Supranee  Niruthisard  (Thailand)

11:30 - 12:00

Update on Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia

Andrew  Rice  (The  United  Kingdom)

12:00 - 12:15


12:15 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:30

Pain Management in Cancer Survivors

Jocelyn  C.  Que  (Philippines)

13:30 - 14:00

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Urairat  Siriwatvejakul  (Thailand)

14:00 - 14:30

Secondary Prevention and Management of Chronic Pain

Fiona  Blyth  (Australia)

14:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:15

“Is Post-COVID pain a new chronic pain condition ?”

Lars  Arendt-Nielsen  (Denmark)

15:15 - 15:45

Common Pain Problems in the Elderly

Roger  Goucke  (Australia)

15:45 - 16:15

When to Refer Patient for Interventional Pain Management

Ong  Say  Yang  (Singapore)

16:15 - 16:30


16:30 - 16:45

Coffee & Tea Break

16:45 - 17:00

Pain Camp Evaluation and Presentation of Pain Camp Certificates