​Pain Management in Indigenous People: Through the Lens of Culture, Society and Medicine (Dr. Jonathan Rajeevan Bertram)

1 Hour (VRA) | taught by Jonathan Rajeevan Bertram, PhD

Course description

Dr. Bertram presents on the dynamic in First Nations, Metis, & Inuit community between pain, trauma, and cultural adaptation. How it influences pain management, the opioid crisis, and our understanding of the brain. Importantly, how these are all elements that are a part of how our First Peoples can uniquely lead the initiative to effectively manage chronic pain in the individual and as a population phenomenon.

You will learn:
- about historical trauma's relevance to pain neurobiology
- the intersection of opioid addiction in trauma and pain in First Nations, Metis, & Inuit People
- cultural differences in pain reporting in select First Nations, Metis, Inuit settings


Jonathan Rajeevan Bertram, PhD
Jonathan Rajeevan Bertram, PhD
Addictions Medicine Physician

Dr. Jonathan Rajeevan Bertram is an Addictions Medicine Physician at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) with a special interest in First Nations Outreach & Older Adults population in the context of Pain & Addictions Treatment. He also runs a community practice in Chronic Pain & Addictions in the Central East LIHN- Bowmanville/Oshawa and is a Consultant Physician for Re-connect Mental Health Services. Dr Bertram is also a Director on the Board of the Ontario College of Family Physicians in addition to his role on the Provincial Advisory Committee for the Drug Treatment Foundation- Health Canada. He is originally from Montreal and did his undergraduate training at McGill University.