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Pain and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

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This webinar is being produced through a collaboration of the IASP's Social Aspects of Pain Special Interest Group and IASP’s Sex, Gender, Race, and Pain Special Interest Group.


The mission of IASP’s Social Aspects of Pain Special Interest Group is to, “raise awareness and understanding of the social context of pain within the IASP community and the community at large," while the mission of IASP’s Sex, Gender, Race, and Pain Special Interest Group is to “encourage basic and clinical research on how sex, gender, and race affect pain mechanisms and all realms of its management.”

During this webinar, we will explore how sociological differences, such as culture, language, socio-economic status, and more affect pain management throughout the world. Additionally, there will be discussion regarding how to improve access, experience, and outcomes in pain care/management throughout these diverse communities.

Participants include:
-- Bernadette Brady, PhD, NSW Health, Sydney, Australia
Chronic pain management among culturally and linguistically diverse communities living in Australia
-- Bukola Ibitoye, PhD(c), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Achieving equity in sickle cell pain care in Nigeria
-- Saurab Sharma, PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (Discussant)


  • Bernadette Brady, PhD

    Bernadette is a musculoskeletal and pain physiotherapist who holds a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapy and Clinical Research Fellowship in the South Western Sydney Local Health District in Australia. Bernadette achieved her PhD at Western Sydney University investigating culturally responsive approaches to pain management. Her research has led to the design and implementation of culturally adapted pain management programs for people from Arabic, Assyrian and Vietnamese communities and was recognized as a winner of a NSW Health Award in 2017. Through her fellowship, conjoint, and clinical roles, Bernadette is pursuing a program of research seeking to improve outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities with chronic conditions using co-design and community participatory methodologies.

  • Bukola Ibitoye, PhD(c)

    Bukola's research (supervised by Dr. Bernie Garrett and Dr. Manon Ranger of UBC and Dr. Jennifer Stinson of the University of Toronto, Canada) has focused on sickle cell disease (SCD), with a focus at the epicenter of this disease: Nigeria. Following a scoping review of Nigerian adolescents to discover their preferred methods of pain management, Bukola discovered that they utilized various non-pharmacological interventions (NPI) that could lead to potentially adverse events. In addition, the effectiveness of NPIs amongst this population has been under-investigated. In light of her findings, Bukola is developing a patient-centered web-based pain toolkit of evidence-based NPIs that can introduce adolescents to safe and effective NPIs to reduce pain and educate them against harmful practices.

  • Saurab Sharma, PhD

    Saurab is the Chief Clinical Research Scientist at the Pain Management and Research Centre in Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Sydney Local Health District in Sydney, Australia. Saurab also holds honorary appointments with the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). Saurab is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist from Nepal where he spent around a decade as a clinician treating musculoskeletal pain conditions and educator. Saurab has over $1.5M in research funding and published over 100 peer-reviewed publications. His research has focused on improving pain care and research in low-income settings. Saurab's PhD thesis on the same topic was awarded Exceptional Thesis Award by the University of Otago (New Zealand, 2020). He was awarded the John J. Bonica Postdoctoral Fellowship (IASP, 2020), The Most Promising Emerging Pain Researcher Award (University of Otago, 2020), and the Early Career Researcher of the Year (Health Sciences-UNSW 2022). He aims to improve the lives of people with pain and other long-term conditions by developing culturally appropriate, inexpensive, effective, and safe interventions - particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and low-resourced settings/countries. Saurab currently chairs Consortium for Low Back Pain in Low- and Middle-Income Settings which has members from 35 countries.

June 25, 2024
Tue 6:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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