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Pain in Childhood Special Interest Group

This Special Interest Group (SIG) is formally consituted under the By-Laws of the Australian Pain Society Constitution, adopted 10 April 2019.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pain in Childhood Special Interest Group (SIG) shall be to share and improve professional and scientific knowledge regarding pain in childhood to the benefit of children, their families and communities.

To achieve this, the SIG shall:

  • Promote communication and collaboration among scientists and multidisciplinary health professionals with special interests and knowledge in pain in childhood;
  • Encourage education and research in pain in childhood;
  • Provide focus within the Australian Pain Society for matters relating to pain in childhood;
  • Promote awareness and advocate for the needs of children in pain.

Childhood includes all phases of human development from birth through transition to adulthood.

Pain in Childhood includes pain experienced or witnessed during childhood, and includes the experiences of families and those who care for young people with pain.

Pain in Childhood SIG Membership Information:

Must have current APS membership to join the SIG. Annual SIG Fee: $30

Benefits of joining the Pain in Childhood SIG include:


Please refer to the APS Calendar of Events for Seminars and Symposiums specific to Pain in Childhood.


Keep up to date via our regular "Journal Watch" segment in the APS eNewsletter and the Pain in Childhood SIG blogs.

Name Description Link/Download
Pediatric Pain Mailing List An international internet forum for informal discussion of any topic related to pain in children. There are currently over 800 members on six continents. Link

Clinical Research Grant

The Australian Pain Society (APS) and the Australian Pain Relief Association (APRA) CFK
are proud to announce the inaugural Clinical Research Grant program sponsored by a new partnership with Cops For Kids (CFK).
For further details please refer to the APS/APRA/CFK Clinical Research Grant webpage.

Travel Grant

From 2017, a single dedicated PhD student Travel Grant of $500 will be made available to a Pain in Childhood SIG member.
SIG members must apply through the APS Travel Grant process.


Access to leading clinicians and researchers in the area of Pain in Childhood.

Executive Roles and Terms

Although they will be constituted separately, it is anticipated that the Australian and New Zealand Pain in Childhood SIGs will share common objectives and meetings. Therefore the following SIG Executive structure and logistics are proposed:

Role Membership Term
Australian Chairperson APS 2 years
Australian Immediate Past Chair APS 1 year
New Zealand Chairperson NZPS 2 years
Honorary Secretary 1 each 2 years; can stand for up to 6 years
Communication Officer Either 2 years; can stand for up to 6 years
A representative from each Parent Pain Society Board 1 each

To be determined by the respective Pain Society Boards.
APS Board Representative:
Ms Bernadette Smith (TAS Director)

Current Office Bearers

Australian Pain Society Pain in Childhood SIG Executive for 2021-2022  
Chair Dr David Sommerfield
Immediate Past Chair Dr Mark Alcock
Secretary Mr Christine Onishko
Communications Officer - Documents & Social Media Dr Arno Ebner
New Zealand Pain Society Pain in Childhood SIG Executive for 2021-2022  
Chair Ms Fiona Gardiner
Deputy Chair Ms Jessica Mills
Secretary Ms Kirsty Ross


Functions and Operational Notes

  • The Australian Pain Society Pain in Childhood SIG and the New Zealand Pain Society Pain in Childhood SIG Annual General Meetings (AGMs) shall be held separately.
  • Members of each SIG can attend the other SIG's AGM and in so doing shall be considered invited visitors in the minutes.
  • Where matters concern both countries, consensus shall be sought.
  • Where matters are relevant exclusively to one of the partner countries, only the SIG members from that country will vote in relation to those matters.
  • The Honorary Secretary shall manage official correspondence, agendas and minutes.
  • The Communication Officer shall manage relevant website content, communications with members and external partners (with consent of the parent Pain Society Board as required).
  • A member of the SIG Executive shall represent the SIG on the Scientific Program Committee of each National Pain Society ASM.

Useful Links

Acute Pain in Childhood Link
Integrative (non-pharmacological) therapies in managing acute, chronic and procedural pain in children
Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, USA
What is Pain?
A video produced by the Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children's National Medical Centre, Washington DC.
This may be useful for adolescents


Persistent Pain in Childhood Link
SKIP - Solutions for Kids In Pain - Canada  Website
Understanding pain - and what's to be done about it in 10 minutes!
This YouTube video was developed by the German Paediatric Pain Centre for adolescents with chronic pain unexplained by any chronic medical condition, but it may be of interest to all young people  
Blue Knot Foundation - empowering recovery from childhood trauma Website
Support Kids in Pain (SKIP) - Australia Website


Procedural Pain in Childhood Link

It Doesn't Have to Hurt: Strategies for Helping Children with Shots and Needles
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, Canada
#itdoesnthavetohurt 12 month social media campaign launched 21SEP15



Reducing and eliminating procedural pain related to needles: The Four essential (non-negotiable) components
Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, USA
Includes well produced videos for clinicians and families
Is pain the same in boys and girls?
By Katelynn Boerner, PhD student in Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. SEP14 Body in Mind Blog
Reducing pain during vaccine injections: clinical practice guideline
Canadian Medical Association Journal, 24AUG15


For Children and Young People Link
NSW ACI Pain Management Network: PainBytes for youth Website


For Families and Carers Link
Siblings Australia website Website
A joint initiative between the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Starship Foundation
Pain Management section


General Pain in Childhood information Link
APS Pain in Childhood SIG blog page  Blog
IASP SIG on Pain in Childhood   Website
British Pain Society Pain in Children SIG Website
Paediatric Pain Mailing List
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, Dalhousie University, Canada
ChildKind International Resource Library
A global initiative to reduce pain in children
Mental Health Professionals Network - ReachOut
for professionals working with children and young people
Pain in Childhood YouTube Playlist
Check out the useful videos gathered on the APS YouTube channel
8 for a healthy weight
Translated information resources for children aged 2 years and older
Pain in Early Life: Research and Education

Academy of Child and Adolescent Health


Date Organisation Reference Link
2012 World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO Guidelines on the Pharmacological Treatment of Persisting Pain in Children with Medical Illnesses

Disclaimer: The WHO has withdrawn its ‘2012 Guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses’ and has begun the process to review and update this document. Until that process is complete, the APS Pain in Childhood SIG considers the 2012 document to contain useful reference information.

2012 World Health Organisation (WHO) WHO - Persisting Pain in Children: Important Information for Pharmacists Download
2012 World Health Organisation (WHO) WHO - Persisting Pain in Children: Important Information for Physicians and Nurses Download
2012 World Health Organisation (WHO) WHO - Persisting Pain in Children: Important Information for Policy Makers Download 


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