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Congress on pain22-27 August, Vienna/Austria

This year's world congress on pain, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Pain, will discuss the overall theme 'Pain:

from molecule to mind'. Topics include, 'Do men and women have the same pain perception?' and 'Diagnoses and ethics in pain research'. Highlights include the role of the brain in pain processing, headache, practical management of chronic pain in children, and genetic research and pain. Details: Press office, 0043-1-319 4378.

Day surgery for nurses4 September, London

'Day surgery 2000: the future?' is the Royal College of Nursing day surgery nursing forum annual conference and exhibition, aiming to empower colleagues, facilitate learning and raise awareness and knowledge. Details: Administration department, 0171-6473575.

Charging the community9 September, London

The Carers National Association is organising a training course on 'Charging for community care' for all voluntary and statutory sector workers. The event will examine the law and guidance relating to charging for residential and non residential services in England and Wales. Details: Training unit, 0171-490 8818.

Clinical governance15 September, Devon

The theme of the third Langdon Hospital conference is 'Clinical governance in mental health'.

Speakers include British Association of Medical Managers chief executive Dr Jenny Simpson. Details: Janet Gendle, 01626-888372 ext 243.

Survey computing22-24 September, Edinburgh

The third international three-day conference of the Association for Survey Computing will offer 11 themes. Six invited speakers will embrace a wide range of topics covering all aspects of survey and statistical computing. Papers to be presented include 'Usability issues for interviewers and respondents', 'Qualitative analysis' and 'Good practice'. Details: The Secretary, 01494-793033.

User-friendly hospitals23 September, Manchester

The Humphrey Booth Institute of Rehabilitation and Gerontology, part of Salford Royal Hospitals trust, is holding a conference on 'Making hospitals more userfriendly'. The event will be of particular interest to trust board and health authority members, medical and nursing directors, therapists and organisations representing disabled people. Details: Darrell Taylor, 0161-787 4034.

Child health developments23 September, London

'Our children's health: improvements for the future' is a British Medical Association conference focusing on the early years of life and examining the socio-economic factors that influence current child health and development, the efficacy of certain interventions to reduce inequalities in child health and the legal and ethical frameworks within which decisions about healthcare for children are made. Details: Conference unit, 0171-383 6605.