Essential Pain Management

Essential Pain Management (EPM) is an educational programme created by Roger Goucke and Wayne Morris (with support from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists).

The EPM mission statement is to:

“Improve pain management worldwide by working with health workers at a local level to:

  • Improve pain knowledge
  • Provide a simple framework for managing pain
  • Address pain management barriers”

The EPM courses are suitable for all healthcare workers and aim to facilitate early, progressive handover of responsibility to clinicians, supporting the concepts of independence and sustainability.

EPM has been taught in many countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific, and has been translated into several languages including Vietnamese, Mongolian, Spanish, Russian, Indonesian and French.

The global success of EPM has led to the development of an EPM sub-committee of ANZCA which in turn has led to the development of the UK based EPM Advisory Group, now based at the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). The UK Group facilitates EPM workshops, primarily across Africa led by partnerships of UK and local faculty.

Further information can also be found at: and UK EPM Advisory Group:


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