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Explore Pain, Fremantle

With Tim Cocks , Leanne Rath

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, Cnr Marine Terrace & Essex St Fremantle, WA 6160 Australia

April 21, 2023 - April 23, 2023

Course Host: Fran Ammirato

Face to Face Course Face to Face Course


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Explore Pain, 21 - 23 April 2023, Fremantle, WA
Regular fee for 3-day course
AUD $ 1,272.73
16 available

Course Times:

Registration: Friday 8.00 – 8.30 am

Course: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm each day

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea breaks each day


A new year, a new dawn, a new course, it feels good to be heading back live!

Explore Pain is a brand new course that has been over a decade in the making. What is it about? Just what it says on the tin. This new course is all about exploring pain deeply and humanistically, with the lived experience of the person experiencing pain at the very centre of our explorations.

Together we will explore pain from an embodied predictive processing perspective, with special attention given to the interplay and interconnectedness of the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Exploring each system in turn, but most importantly looking at the complex, adaptive system that is the ensemble of these three powerful systems. We will explore neuroimmune and neuroendocrine interactions in pain and discover how they can help you as therapists and clinicians, and the people you work with, make the best sense of ongoing pain experiences.

At the heart of Explore Pain is the very nature of subjective experience itself, and this course will explore the most up-to-date insights from the philosophy of mind and consciousness linking them with modern cognitive and affective science to go beyond heuristics and shortcuts to explore the lived experience of pain.

A Key thread running throughout the course is the fundamental nature of homeostasis and allostasis- processes that maintain life in the face of precarious and ever-changing environmental conditions. We will explore feelings and subjective experiences, including pain, as extended homeostasis in line with the most promising theories yet of how and why conscious feelings arise.

Supporting our exploration of pain will be the most exciting theories to emerge from the intersection of philosophy and science in the last decade – the Free Energy Principle (FEP) and Predictive Processing (PP). These ‘grand unifying theories’ will form the bedrock of a new and revolutionary way of thinking. Through the lens of the FEP and PP we will explore language as a powerful shaper of experience, clinical interactions as the interface between two complex systems trying to understand each other, and movement as an extended form of perceiving the world and our body within it.

During this very special three day events, your learning will be supported by case studies and fully explained examples of how these modern theories can be utilised in a clinical setting; providing a framework for approaches to pain treatment that we know work; offering new ways to tackle the most difficult clinical challenges; and even developing new treatment approaches and strategies based not on simplistic and singular approaches, but on fundamental principles governing perception, action, experience and living.

The course is open to all health professionals helping people experiencing pain in an inclusive, interdisciplinary approach that values and welcomes all expertise and perspectives and focuses on how to incorporate existing skills and knowledge into a broad overarching theory of FEP and PP


This course is open to all health professionals with formal health or medical training in an appropriate field.


It’s 2022, and we’re replacing pre-reading with some pre-watching (don’t worry, there will be plenty of reading and resources provided as part of the course).

We think you’ll get the most out of this course if you take the time to watch the following videos:

Mick Thacker at TEDx Predictive Processing as a theory to understand pain.

Anil Seth at TED Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Karl Friston The Free Energy Principle

Katerina Fotopolou The Embodied Self

Mark Solms A new approach to the hard problem of consciousness

Andy Clark Predictive Processing and the Nature of Conscious Experience


At the end of this course, you will have

  1. Explored an entirely new, overarching concept of pain and its treatment
  2. Developed a deep understanding of the interacting biology of the nervous, endocrine and immune systems in relation to pain
  3. Understood the importance of homeostasis and allostasis in human subjective experience through the lens of the Free Energy Principle, embodiment and Predictive Processing
  4. Constructed opportunities for creativity and space for recovery in the clinic through new multi-sensory treatment approaches based on notions of prediction error minimisation
  5. Played with the ideas of play, sense-making and wayfinding
  6. Developed enhanced subjective and objective assessment skills that relate directly to improving the outcomes of existing and new pain management approaches

Course Enquiry

Explore Pain, Fremantle Fremantle on April 21, 2023 - April 23, 2023

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NOI Lead Instructor Australasia

Language: English, Region: Australasia

Courses: Explore Pain, EP Online 2020, Explain Pain – AU, Graded Motor Imagery, AU 2020, Explain Pain–Japan, Explain Pain, Explain Pain, AU 2020, Explain Pain Applications, Graded Motor Imagery, Graded Motor Imagery 2-Day – AU, Explain Pain Europe

Tim Cocks

Tim graduated from the University of South Australia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). He commenced work in private practice immediately after graduating and spent the next 8 years learning about life and people in the outer, industrial suburbs of Adelaide. Tim joined Noigroup full time in 2014 and continues as the Chief Operating Officer and lead Australasian Instructor.

“Tim’s presentation was by far the most engaging of any PD I have been to in the last 17 years! A great balance of natural humour, respect of participants and explanation of key concepts throughout the course – Tim is an exceptional presenter!”

“Tim is such a captivating and engaging presenter, he held my full attention and focus over the span of 3 days which is rather impressive! He was able to link concepts together well, provided great practical examples and ways of integrating new knowledge into clinical practice.”

Noigroup Instructor

English, Australia

Courses: Explore Pain

Leanne Rath

Leanne Rath (FACP) is a specialist sports and exercise physiotherapist practicing at Physiosports, Brighton, Melbourne Australia.  She is sought after as an educator and mentor to the profession. She is working in partnership with researchers at Victoria University who have experience in athlete mental health and well-being, as Clinical Investigator, exploring Pain and Performance in Life. She has held an Adjunct Fellow position at The University of Queensland (2016-2019) exploring the function of Adductor Magnus in gait and hip/groin rehabilitation exercises. In the clinic, along with a high caseload of dancers, gymnasts, foot and hip/groin pain patients,  Leanne’s area of special interest includes persistent pain presentations in active patients spanning adolescence to the older athlete.  She provides second opinion management consultations for any long-term sports injury or pain presentation which is not resolving. She is passionate about athlete-centred care and finding common ground in contemporary clinical and coaching approaches.

Since graduating from LaTrobe University in 1990, Leanne has worked with the Australian Ballet (2006-9), the Australian Institute of Sport (1995-2005), and many of Australia’s highest performing athletes as a Sports Physiotherapist for the Australian netball, gymnastics, women’s volleyball, and swimming teams. She was a member of the Australian medical team at the Olympic Games (Sydney 2000) and the Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002).




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