The level of pre-operative and post operative pain, its duration as well as complications may all be factors in predicting whether chronic pain may develop. The method of measurement of chronic pain is itself a contentious issue. It is now apparent that the measurement of activity and functional status as well as qualitative measures is important.
There were participants from all over Australia with different skills levels but who are generally quite experienced and working in a variety of situations. A common theme was doctors wanted to refresh there skills, get a few tips on knot tying, suturing, management of wounds and lacerations. Some wished to address specific topics such digital block whilst many wanted to compare and enhance their procedural skills.