We have lined up a comprehensive programme for our ASM 2018, and I warmly invite you to attend. The Scientific Program Committee has assembled an outstanding lineup of plenary sessions, workshops and refresher topics. I sincerely hope you will make plans today to come to Singapore in March 2018.
The ASM 2018 programme will address the different aspects of multidisciplinary pain management and provide valuable clinical insights in challenging patient populations. Our speakers have deep expertise in their fields and are highly skilled presenters. I am confident that the meeting will stimulate, inspire you and that you will gain new, valuable knowledge.
The ASM is a meeting organised by the Pain Association of Singapore on an annual basis and it aids our objective in bringing together clinicians, allied health and policymakers to stimulate and support the management and study of pain and translate the knowledge generated by research into improved pain relief in the region. We design the ASM to cater to each and every member of the Pain Team to learn from one another in the many areas of pain research and treatment.
You will not want to miss this opportunity to come to Singapore. With its diverse cultures and its status as a global city, Singapore is much more than the sum of its numerous attractions. It’s constantly evolving, reinventing, and reimagining itself, with people who are passionate about creating new possibilities.
The ASM 2018 will have something for every member of your team. I look forward to seeing you here!
Dr Nicholas Chua
The Pain Association of Singapore
Welcome to this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting by the Pain Association of Singapore! As a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), we have wholeheartedly embraced their message of 2018 – Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education.
In this rendition of the ASM, we aim to advance the level of pain education in the Allied Health and Intermediate Long-Term Care (ILTC) sectors in Singapore, appreciating how pain training in these areas can be sparse locally. While many of our patients rely heavily on pharmaceuticals and interventions, increasingly, evidence is pointing to successes with interdisciplinary models, where physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and nurses work hand in hand to manage pain, hence our logo of interlinked hands this year.
Pain Education refers not only to delivering of education to the patient and community, but also to fellow health professionals, such that we are truly interdisciplinary. As we know them, interdisciplinary pain programs are comprised of professionals from a variety of disciplines working together in an integrated way with joint goals and ongoing communication. As the saying goes, “No man is an island”, and there is no greater truism in Pain Medicine.
Today we have an exciting lineup of sessions in two tracks and it is hoped that with these sessions, not only will you achieve a clearer understanding of the mechanisms perpetuating your patients’ pain experience, but also that you will gain a deeper understanding of how, working together, we can help your patients manage their pain and regain control of their lives.
For those of you here who are keen to benefit from and contribute to pain education resources in Singapore, please also give a thought to membership with the Pain Association of Singapore, where we aim to provide a forum and shared resource for pain management and education locally, with a host of physicians, nurses and Allied Health contributors who are passionate about managing pain.
In the meanwhile, sit back, relax and enjoy your day of learning!
Dr Angela Yeo
The Pain Association of Singapore
Annual Scientific Meeting 2018