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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 will be established to undertake detailed implementation planning, using a phased approach, and to lead implementation in the LHNs. To find out more about the model of care, visit the Transforming Health website.

The purpose of this section 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.

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:

Royal Adelaide Hospital Pain Management Unit

Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Telephone: (08) 8222 5403
Fax: (08) 8222 5904
Website: Royal Adelaide Hospital - Pain Management Unit
Email: rahpainunit@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

Flinders Medical Centre Pain Management Unit

Address: Flinders Drive, Bedford Park SA 5042
Telephone: (08) 8204 5499
Fax: (08) 8374 1758
Website: Flinders Medical Centre
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

Community-based Pain Management Programs

Northern Health Network – Living with Persistent Pain program

Address: 2 Peachey Road, Edinburgh North SA 5113
Telephone: (08) 8209 0700
Fax: (08) 8252 9433
Website: Northern Health Network; Adelaide PHN
Email: enquiry@northernhealth.net

Services:

  • individual Allied Health therapy
  • group pain management programs.

Staff:

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

Private pain management services are also available.

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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