Dr. Fiona TSUI
Associate Consultant, Department of Anaesthesia, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr Tsui was a medical graduate of University of Hong Kong. She started her specialist training in Anaesthesia and obtained fellowships from the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists and Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists respectively. Upon attaining her specialist qualification, she pursued further sub-specialization in Pain Medicine. She became a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and pain fellow of Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists.
Dr Tsui has keen interests in acute pain management, transition of acute to chronic pain and pain education. She believes that “Access to Pain Management is a Fundamental Human Right” – as in the IASP Declaration of Montreal 2010. It is in her view that pain education plays a crucial part in making pain management accessible to all that are in need, as this will equip healthcare workers to manage pain safely and effectively.
The 2018 IASP Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education identifies a major gap between the knowledge and practice in pain management. This has led to ineffective pain management, disability and suffering. I am going to talk about issues and barriers in providing pain education, and to share with you about our experience in running an interdisciplinary pain education program in Hong Kong.