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Pain in Children and Young People: What do we know?


St David's Complex, University of Otago

St David St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand


Wed11 July


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM




Venue: St David's Lecture Theatre or Online at otago.zoom.us/j/326254470 (Registration only required for those coming to the Theatre)

Persistent Pain in children and adolescence is a significant health burden on family and society. It interferes with participation in schooling, sport/leisure activities, and relationship with peers; potentially leading to social isolation and/or loneliness.

Research shows that a significant proportion of adolescents report pain and the rates of pain rise steeply from childhood to adolescence. There is a potential risk of developing chronic pain into adulthood.

The range of factors that are linked to persistent pain in children and young people include bodily illness, family support, mental health, sleep and behavioural problems.

This panel discussion will highlight recent research in this area and discuss the best treatment approaches, encompassing the holistic experience of pain, for providing support to enhance function, despite having pain.


Panel chair : Dr Bronnie Thompson (Pain@Otago Steering committee member)

• Musculoskeletal pain in children and teens: what we know? (Associate Professor Steve Kamper, University of Sydney)

• Clinical services offered by the inter-disciplinary team, and the current challenges in care. (Dr Ross Drake, Starship Hospital)

• Influencing sleep, physical activity and diet among children for optimal health outcomes (Professor Rachael Taylor, University of Otago)

• Experiences and reflections of carers and young people living with chronic pain

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