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They’re back, and they’re bringing some new friends

By Timothy Cocks Education for all 27 Nov 2014

In 2014, the first noi EP3 set the bar for pain education training. Professor Mark Jensen joined David Butler and Lorimer Moseley for a sold out, three day extravaganza of learning, that was more like a mini conference than a training course. In between sessions on the latest in neuroscience and education, and interactive sessions on hypnosis and motivational interviewing from Professor Jensen, lunchtime activities included juggling and mindfulness,. The whole three days was tweeted live and there was a chorus of voices lamenting the fact that they were missing out.

Well, David and Lorimer are returning to Melbourne on 27-29 March 2015, and this time they are bringing not one, but two international guests. Read on for the full details below…

Four great minds in neurobiology, bioplasticity, education and psychology come together over 3 big days to deliver the most up to date and comprehensive Explain Pain package yet.

NOI is very proud to once again present EP3, a one-off, novel, education event where Lorimer, David, Kevin and Robert combine to bring you the latest from the worlds of pain, neuroscience, education and psychology, reflecting and integrating each of their special interests in a unique program. 

Following on from the sold out success of EP3 2014 in Melbourne, EP3 2015 will once again be more like a mini-conference, with its international line-up and a range of lunch time activities and workshops all in the well-known NOI style (anything could happen!). 

The instructors – what a team!

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Lorimer Moseley and David Butler are well known in Australia for their courses, research and classic texts Explain Pain and the Explain Pain Handbook. They will present the juiciest parts of their ever-changing Explain Pain course including up-to-date neuroimmune science, the role of space around the body in pain, metaphor and immunology and the power of story telling. They will also introduce the future of explaining pain including the Protectometer and Sarah-Bella as new clinical tools and the power of DIM SIMs! 





To enhance Explain Pain and other therapeutic outcomes we have invited Kevin Vowles, a Psychologist and Associate Professor from the University of New Mexico. Well-versed on all matters in acute and chronic pain, Kevin is the world’s leading exponent of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in relation to chronic pain. As part of the CBT family of therapies, ACT includes acceptance and mindfulness methods along with activation and behaviour change therapies. We are excited – the psychological flexibility which is a cornerstone of ACT will help to supercharge Explain Pain interventions. 






Robert Coghill is a genuine heavy in the world of pain. He is Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in South Carolina. Robert’s group at the Pain and Cognition Lab use fMRI and psychophysical techniques to study the fundamental aspects of how the brain makes pain. He has a publication list longer than your arm covering topics such as expectation, neural correlates of mindfulness and itch. We couldn’t ask for a better guide to take us through the latest advancements in pain science. 

I was there last year – shall I come again?

YES! There will be so much completely new and original material, new jokes, and a couple of out-of towners. We’re so sure that you’ll learn something new and enjoy the event that we’re giving anyone returning from EP3 2014 two free books*! Some of the new content will include using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Explain Pain, the very latest in brain imaging, understanding the cortical body matrix, how to knock off DIMs and find powerful SIMs, powered up story telling and the mysteries of Sarah-Bella.

Who is it open to?

Open to all professionals working with patients or clients in acute and chronic pain and stress states, including: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors, psychologists, nurses, chiropractors, osteopaths and rehabilitation counsellors. Lawyers, journalists, drug reps and the insurance world are welcome too!

Course delivery

A blend of lectures, interaction, practical workshops, with ample to time to mix with the presenters throughout the three days… plus some famous NOI extra curricular activities. Keep in touch and check back regularly as the programme takes shape and grows.


To register

Spaces are limited, EP3 2014 sold out, so confirm your place by contacting the course host, Fran Ammirato via, lodging an application, or submitting an Enquiry (just search for Explain Pain courses in Australasia in the next 6 months). Your place will be confirmed once payment is received.


Get in early, reserve your spot and start planning your itinerary!


– Tim Cocks


*No catches or fine print here, for those who attended EP3 2014, registering for EP3 2015 will entitle you to a free copy of both the Graded Motor Imagery Handbook and the soon to be released EP Handbook: Protectometer. Following registration and payment contact to claim your books, which will be available for collection at the course.



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