When pain becomes chronic the challenge is to move away from a focus on the initial (tissue) injury and instead the goals of recovery and treatment are to reduce the likelihood of your brain interpreting stimuli to be dangerous and wind down your nervous system, both of which usually trigger the pain response. There is also a focus on self-management strategies that you can use to improve your quality of life.
To access the Persistent Pain Management Services (PPMS) you will need a referral from your GP even if you have been referred by another specialist doctor.
You will also need to complete an entry questionnaire. It helps our team understand, in detail, how your pain affects you. Take the completed questionnaire to your GP with you when you get your referral, as this should be sent to us at the same time. For more information and to see if you meet criteria please view the PPMS brochure and consumer frequently asked questions.
The PPMS approach
Here at PPMS treatment focus is by means of a biopsychosocial approach, concentrating on you as a whole and addressing multiple aspects of your pain and lifestyle. The aim in chronic pain intervention is to “retrain the brain”, improve functioning and quality of life. Biopsychosocial factors that may be addressed during intervention at PPMS may include (but are not limited to):
|Challenging thoughts about the pain with cognitive behaviour therapy - “I worry all the time about what my future with pain may hold, it seems terrible”.|
|Getting back into valued activities using a paced approach - “I avoid socialising with friends now, life isn’t very enjoyable anymore”.|
|Re-training the brain and body that IT IS OK TO MOVE - “If I move my body in certain ways or do certain exercises I get so much pain, but I’d like to be more active”.|
Your role in recovery
You and your GP are the most important members of your pain treatment team and you will both be in charge of ongoing management.
Following your attendance at PAIN101 or individual assessment you are eligible to attend individual treatment or group programs such as PREP, MIND, PACING and SLEEP (check the group treatment fact sheet and group timetable for more information). You have 12 months to use our service, after which time you will need a new referral from your GP.
We are a patient driven service and therefore we expect you as a patient to assist us in aspects of completing your Pain Management Plan (following assessment) and initiate your appointments after your initial attendance. The best way to achieve good results is to set clear realistic goals. This enables us to work together so that you get the most out of the PPMS program. We ask that when you have achieved all you require from us, that you let us know, and we transfer your care back to your G.P. For further information please check your Rights and Responsibilities as a patient.