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Chronic pain

One in five Australians, including children and adolescents, will experience chronic pain in their lifetime and up to 80 per cent of people living with chronic pain are missing out on treatment that could improve their health and quality of life.

A National Pain Strategy has been developed which argues that there are vast gains to be made in the management of chronic pain through prevention, community awareness, early intervention and better access to pain management services.

A new model of care has also been developed to ensure people in South Australia experiencing chronic pain receive fully integrated pain management services across the community, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

The Model of Care for Chronic Pain Management in South Australia has been endorsed by the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group and the Transforming Health Strategic Committee.  

An implementation working group was established in early 2017 to undertake detailed implementation planning. As a result, a Chronic Pain Implementation Plan (PDF 7MB) was co-signed by the Deputy Chief Executive, SA Health and the Chairperson of the Chronic Pain Implementation Committee in December 2017.

The purpose of this web page is to:

  • provide information about chronic pain and ways to manage it
  • outline methods for addressing chronic pain, including types of services and treatments available
  • assist health practitioners with procedures and tools for working with people living with chronic pain
  • assist health practitioners with procedures and tools for working with people dealing with chronic pain
  • provide people living with chronic pain with relevant information, websites and tools to help them manage their pain.

Information and services for people dealing with chronic pain issues

SA Health offers a range of public health services for people with chronic pain and their families:

Central Adelaide Local Health Network Pain Management Unit

Address: Level 2B North-East Building, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road, Woodville South SA 5011
Telephone: (08) 8222 7826
Fax: (08) 8222 7949
Website: CALHN Pain Management Unit
Email:  calhnpainunit@sa.gov.au

Services:

  • Individual Allied Health therapy
  • Multidisciplinary assessment
  • Individual Medical assessment
  • Educational Modules Lectures
  • group pain management programs
  • NT Outreach
  • Accepts state-wide referrals.

Staff:

  • Medical Practitioners including Pain Specialists, Psychiatrists, and other relevant Specialists
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Administration

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Pain Management Unit

Address: Flinders Drive, Bedford Park SA 5042
Telephone: (08) 8204 5499
Fax: (08) 8374 1758
Website: SALHN Pain Management Unit
Email: fmcpmu@sa.gov.au 

Services:

  • Individual Allied Health Therapy
  • Multidisciplinary assessment
  • Individual Medical assessment
  • Educational Modules Lectures
  • diagnostic testing and procedures
  • Accepts state-wide referrals.

Staff:

  • Medical Practitioners including Pain Specialists, Psychiatrists, and other relevant Specialists
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Administration

Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Pain Rehabilitation Service

Address: C/- the Specialist Ambulatory Rehabilitation Centre, Cnr Smart Road and Hatheleigh Ave Modbury 5092
Telephone: (08) 7321 4133
Fax: (08)7321 4170

Services:

  • Individual Allied Health Therapy
  • Multidisciplinary assessment
  • Individual Medical assessment
  • Group pain management programs

Staff:

  • Medical Practitioners including Pain Specialists and other relevant Specialists
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nursing
  • Administration

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Chronic Pain Service

Address: Level 1 General Outpatient Clinic, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 72 King William Street North Adelaide 5006
Telephone: 0481 900 577
Fax: (08) 8161 6246
Website:
http://www.wch.sa.gov.au/services/az/other/allied/chronicpain/index.html
Email: Health.PaediatricChronicPainService@sa.gov.au

Services:

  • Individual Allied Health Therapy
  • Multidisciplinary assessment
  • Individual Medical assessment.

Staff:

  • Medical Practitioners including Pain Physician and other relevant Specialists
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nursing
  • Administration

Community-based Pain Management Programs

The Living Well with Persistent Pain program is offered to patients at no cost, and utilises local primary health care workforce to support patients in their pain management in the community. It provides a holistic self-management course, case coordination, group sessions and one-on-one allied health services.

Northern Region – Living Well with Persistent Pain program

Telephone: (08) 8289 1222 - Emily
Fax: (08) 8289 1255
Website: www.adelaidephn.com.au
Email: painprogramnorth@adelaidephn.com.au

Central Western Region  Living Well with Persistent Pain program

Telephone: (08) 8440 5200 - Tania
Fax: (08) 8440 5299
Website: www.adelaidephn.com.au
Email: painprogramwest@adelaidephn.com.au

Services:

  • individual support services
  • group pain management programs.

Staff:

  • GPs
  • physiotherapists
  • dieticians
  • pharmacists
  • pain educators
  • psychologists.
  • exercise physiologist.

Private pain management services are also available including:

Complex Injury Group

Address: 186 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA 5006
Telephone: (08) 8267 6499
Fax: (08) 8267 6461
Website: http://complexinjurygroup.com.au
Email: cicadm@internode.on.net

Services:

  • individual Allied Health therapy
  • liaison psychiatry.

Staff:

  • medical
  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • psychology.

Pain Medicine of South Australia

Address: 500 Port Road, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Telephone: (08) 8340 7733
Fax: (08) 8340 4488
Website: Pain Medicine of South Australia

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