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Supported Back Pain Self-Management – Made Simple


18 March 2021


12:00 AM11:59 PM

2021 Global Year Webinar

IASP is offering a webinar series as part of its 2021 Global Year About Back Pain. Webinars will be scheduled and added to this list on a regular basis. Check back often to see when new information is added. All webinars are free for IASP members. Some webinars indicated with an asterisk (*) have a fee for non-members.


For many people, back pain management is mainly based around the medical model of care, which involves passive treatments, medication or even an operation. Most people with back pain are expecting to fully recover and in over 20% this is not the case, so for them to get on with their lives, people need to learn simple and effective back pain self-management skills.

But what is supported back pain self-management? It’s teamwork between the person and the healthcare professional. Think of it like this. The healthcare professional is the coach providing ideas and support and the person with back pain takes more ownership and of course does most of the work.

The aim of our webinar is to provide messages that supported back pain self-management does not need to be complicated and is simple. This webinar will be aimed at healthcare professionals, people who have back pain and people who are interested in learning more. There is a tendency to overcomplicate the ideology and the messages of back pain self-management, particularly by clinicians. Making it inaccessible to people with back pain and less experienced clinicians.

Our idea is by taking the unnecessary complexity out and explaining the bare bones required for a basic knowledge of this approach, will reduce the barriers and make it more attainable to all. Understanding that the back pain self-management message needs to be from the outset of injury and intertwined into management rather than the last stop saloon is vital. We will highlight the important aspect that back pain self-management works best in a supported environment hence the term supported back pain self-management. Teamwork matters.


Pete Moore, Pain Self-Management Trainer, Coach and Author, Pain Toolkit, United Kingdom

Pete Moore is the creator and author of the Pain Toolkit. It is a simple patient booklet, which has been in the past been supported by the Department of Health and now used extensively in the UK and adapted for, Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The booklet has since been developed into learning workshops for healthcare professionals and patients. Pete is a person living with pain and, until attending the INPUT Pain Management Programme (PMP) In London in 1996, was having difficulty with pain self-management. The training program greatly improved his ability to manage his pain and, thus, improved his quality of life. In 2014 he was awarded the accolade of Pain Champion UK for the work he has done. In winning this award, he pledged that “it should be everyone’s right to be signposted to and have accessible education pain self-management in their community and on the internet.” Each year, he organizes various workshops and webinars and is invited to speak at national, regional, and international events.

Katie Knapton, MSCP, HCPC, Chartered Physiotherapist, CEO and founder of PhysioFast Online, Private Physiotherapist, United Kingdom

Katie qualified from King’s College hospital in 1991 and then worked at Guy’s Hospital followed by some time travelling and working in Brisbane, Australia. Specializing in musculoskeletal injuries, she was employed at St. George’s Hospital London where she worked as a specialist physio alongside Orthopedic Consultants. With a keen interest in sports, she has worked with martial arts, rugby, skiing, football and swimming injuries and many more. In 2002, she left the NHS and have worked in private practice ever since. She attends regular post graduate training and really loves her work. She is Chartered and registered with the Health Professions Council and has private health insurers approval. In 2017, she launched her new online physiotherapy service PhysioFast Online, an online physiotherapy clinic with personalized treatment programs delivered online.

Bronwyn Lennox Thompson, PhD, MSc (Psych), DipOT, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Otago Christchurch, New Zealand

Bronwyn Thompson has worked in the field of pain management for most of her clinical career. Her roles have included occupational therapy, pain psychology, vocational management, and policy development. Bronwyn has recently completed a PhD developing a theory of living well with chronic pain.  She also holds an MSc (1st class hons) in Psychology from Canterbury University, and a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from CIT. She teaches postgraduate papers in pain and pain management, with a particular focus on psychosocial factors, coping and resilience.

A/Prof Toby Newton-John, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Deputy Head of School Research, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Toby Newton-John is the Deputy Head of School – Research in the Graduate School of Health. As a clinical psychologist, he has over 20 years experience leading inter-professional allied health teams in hospital and community settings in Australia and the UK. This clinical experience has informed his research interests, which predominantly focus on the social aspects of chronic physical illness, and in particular the reciprocal influences of the primary relationship on adjustment to illness. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and reviews on the psychology of chronic pain, and has lectured on his work in six countries. He is currently an Associate Editor of Australian Psychologist and a reviewer for a number of specialist journals including Pain, Clinical Journal of Pain and Journal of Orofacial Pain.


Trevor Barker, Pain Coach, Amelio Health

Trevor Barker lives in rural Victoria (Australia) with his wife Kay. After suffering debilitating back pain for 20 years Trevor turned to a pain management program where he learnt the value of self management from a multidisciplinary team. In 2018 Trevor volunteered with Pain Revolution to undertake community Engagement. Working alongside some leading educators Trevor has been recognised for his contribution to Pain Revolution through sharing his story of recovery and through advocating for improved services to those living with persisting or chronic pain.

Trevor works for Amelio Health as a Pain Coach supporting those undergoing their online pain management program that recognises and promotes the importance of self management. In his spare time Trevor speaks at education events and conferences providing a lived experience perspective that is engaging, hopeful and heartwarming. Trevor enjoys writing, participating in online podcasts, family time, walking in the bush, woodworking and playing the flute.

To learn more about the Global Year About Back Pain, please visit: iasp-pain.org/GlobalYear

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