Persistent Pain - For Consumers
Click on a question below to see the answer.
Persistent Pain Management Services aim to assist you to improve your quality of life despite the presence of pain. They do this by providing you with relevant, up-to-date information and advice.
The service is made up of a team of healthcare professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists and nurses who will focus on addressing the impact that pain has on your life, rather than the cause of your pain.
It is accepted that your pain condition will have been appropriately investigated by your General Practitioner (GP) or specialist doctors prior to your referral.
Persistent Pain Management Services will work with you, your GP and other services in your community to help you develop the skills required to better understand and self-manage your pain.
Self-management is actively participating in learning about your pain and practising skills on a daily basis to improve your quality of life.
- focuses on you taking control of your pain managementby making and participating in decisions
- requires development of skills to improve day-to-day living despite pain
- involves acceptance that pain management may not take the pain away completely
- builds partnerships with others who are involved in your pain management
- involves tracking your progress to achieve and maintain a better quality of life and improved level of activity.
- to have access to pain management without discrimination
- to have your pain acknowledged
- to be informed about how your pain can be managed
- to have access to trained healthcare professionals.
- to be an active participant in your own pain management
- to use medication only as prescribed
- to work with the team to develop your own pain management plan which will become a part of your everday life.
Persistent Pain Management Services aim for:
- you to gain better ways to manage your pain
- you to become more confident doing the things that are important to you
- you to become more active and improve your health
- you to make the best use of your pain medications.
To be eligible to attend one of these services, you will need to have a referral from your GP.
Your GP will work with you and the Persistent Pain Management Service and remain your primary doctor whilst you are receiving treatment and management advice about your pain.
Services are located in North Queensland (Townsville), Sunshine Coast (Nambour), Brisbane's Northside, Brisbane's Southside, and the Gold Coast (Robina).
There are also other services within the private sector and in some regional areas that may also be able to assist you with pain management.
Your GP can assist you to determine the most appropriate service for you to be referred to.
You might find some of the following books about persistent pain self-management useful:
M Nicholas, A Molloy, L Tonkin & L Beeston, Manage Your Pain: Practical and Positive Ways of Adapting to Chronic Pain, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006.
G Rome, Mayo Clinic on Chronic Pain, 2nd Edn, Mayo Clinic Health Information, Rochester, Minn., 2002.
D Butler & L Moseley, Explain Pain, Noigroup Publications, Adelaide, 2003.
J Gardner-Nix & L Costin-Hall, The Mindfullness Solution to Pain: Step-by-Step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management, New Harbinger Publications Inc., Oakland CA, 2009.
N Shone, Coping Successfully with Pain 3, Sheldon Press, London, 2005.
Go to the Links page to view a list of websites you might also find useful.