Pain Management Services runs an outpatient pain management clinic that provides a range of services to support people who are experiencing persistent pain.

Pain Management Clinic assists patients to self-manage their persistent pain by understanding their pain and learning self-management strategies to improve their daily functioning.
The Pain Management Clinic provides a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to the management of persistent pain.

At the clinic patients may see a number of health professionals from various disciplines including:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • clinical psychologist
  • social workers

The team work closely with other teams in the hospital, including Acute Pain service, Drug and Alcohol service, Palliative Care and Liaison Psychiatry. Outside of the hospital we work with community services , such as community health services and GPs.

Inpatient services

The Pain Management Clinic provides the following services for patients:

  • assessment
  • development of a pain management plan
  • one on one and group therapy
  • specialist medical interventions
  • Pain Education Group
  • Mindfulness Movement Group (for example, mind and body exercises)
  • pain management programs

Referrals

To refer a patient, complete and fax your referral to Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2217.

The Direct Access Unit welcomes phone enquiries. To discuss referrals (potential or existing) please contact (03) 8387 2333.

You can use the following forms or a template from your own system.

Referrals should include:

  • patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers

  • the reason for referral

  • relevant clinical history for the patient
  • list of current medications
  • any risks to clients or staff
  • the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)

  • your details and provider number (if applicable)
  • TAC or WorkCover claim details

Once a referral has been received, a HARP Clinician will phone the patient to discuss their needs and organise appropriate services. The HARP Clinician will provide the patient with their phone number and patients are encouraged to contact them if they have any concerns.