The Pain Clinic is a purpose designed outpatient service for the management of patients with chronic non-malignant and cancer pain.
Physiotherapists – supervise graded exercise programs and pacing of activities, restoration of function and develop ways to perform activities despite pain.
Clinical psychologists – help you understand pain and its relationship with muscle tension, emotions, thoughts and behaviour. They provide strategies within a cognitive behavioural framework to improve sleep, change unhelpful thinking patterns, teach relaxation strategies, and to develop coping skills.
Nurse practitioners – pain assessments, education, medication advice and optimisation, and patient reviews. Liaise with doctors and other health care providers to provide advice and to optimise treatment.
Pain medicine doctors – provide medical assessment and medication optimisation. Provide advice and liaise with GPs to optimise treatment.
What do we offer?
The clinic provides consultation, assessment and treatment of pain to all members of the community, either through the Medicare system or to compensable patients. Pain management treatment is aimed at improving activity and quality of life despite the presence of pain.
- education regarding evidence-based treatment options
- multidisciplinary assessments
- evidenced based medications.
How to access?
- referral from a medical officer is required to access this service. This can be addressed to Dr Paul Cochrane, Dr Tim Scholtz or Dr Jignesh Parmar
- all referrals must include relevant specialist reports and investigations.
When will I be seen?
Patients will be contacted as soon as we receive a referral to arrange an appointment within 30 days. Most patients will be invited to attend an Education Day which provides information about treatment options.
What some of our patients say
Patient stories bring their experiences to life and make them accessible to other people.
The following website link is designed to help you gain a better understanding of your pain. It contains information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self-management of your pain in partnership with your healthcare providers.
Relaxation techniques are an important part of pain-management. The following link provides two pain management audios.
Pain Management Techniques
Hours of service: The Clinic is open from 8:30am-4:30pm (Mon-Thur)