•   1.75hrs
  •   Public
  •   Version: 3.0
  •   Review due: November 2022

These modules are for health professionals new to paediatric oncology, and families of children with cancer. They provide an overview of how to ensure the best experience possible for a child exposed to procedural pain.


These modules address the effect that the cumulative pain associated with multiple invasive medical procedures can have on the psychological outcomes for a child/adolescent and family. They discuss the benefits of planning, effective communication and the use of medical play therapy as a therapeutic intervention.


Additional Information

This module was developed by the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) with input from the Children’s Cancer Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Other paediatric related learning opportunities include:

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What you will achieve

  • Describe the rationale for providing effective procedural pain management to children
  • Describe patient’s rights in regards to effective procedural pain management
  • Recognise the consequences of poorly managed procedural pain management
  • Identify the impact of psychological factors on the child’s perception of pain
  • Describe the implications of inadequate analgesia
  • Describe the components of a good medical procedure
  • Describe the stages of a medical procedure
  • Demonstrate appropriate planning and assessment for managing pain related to common medical procedures
  • Discuss the benefits of medical play therapy as a therapeutic intervention
  • Describe approaches to communicating effectively within the health care team
  • Discuss the key components of preparing the child, family and environment for procedures
  • Select developmentally appropriate non-pharmacological strategies in procedural pain.

Who is this course for?

This course is developed for nursing staff new to the specialty of paediatric oncology and patients and families of children receiving chemotherapy.


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