The Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre (PTCMPC) is a tertiary centre offering inpatient and outpatient assessment and care to patients with chronic pain of cancer and non-cancer origin who are referred by registered medical practitioners, general practitioners or specialists.
The PTCMPC provides a 24-hour consultation service to patients in other units of the hospital including The Professor Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Unit, and a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week advisory service to medical practitioners and domiciliary nurses. The PTCMPC is fully accredited by the Australian Council of Health Care.
There are four registrar posts for training for Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine while the House Officer Post is accredited for training for Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
The PTCMPC has dedicated inpatient accommodation, consulting rooms, procedure area and recovery facilities, an education area, staff offices and, shared with the Burns Unit, specific areas for on-site physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Pain Management Programs
There are two Pain Management Programs to help patients manage pain without resorting to medication. Both programs involve one to one assessment and group discussions with major input from occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists emphasising the balance between physical activity, relaxation training and the use of leisure time.
The staff of the PTCMPC include consultants in anaesthetics, psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine, registrars in pain medicine, psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine, and a house officer.
The nursing staff is led by a clinical nurse consultant, supported by staff in outpatients, the ward, procedure room and recovery area. The Allied Health team comprises psychologists, occupational therapist, physiotherapists, and rehabilitation counsellor. All groups have the support of the administration staff.
In addition to the professional development program for the PTCMPC staff, its members contribute to inservice training of hospital staff.
There is also active involvement in the education of health professionals from non-metropolitan areas with short term placements and distance education via Telehealth.
The collaborative research program is directed not only to drugs and advanced techniques used for pain control, but also to fostering the role of the physical therapies in rehabilitation, and an understanding of the impact of psychological stresses of the patient with chronic pain.
Telephone: (07) 3636 6141 (Outpatients)