Pain Assessment and Management Service (Outpatient)

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

Pain Assessment and Management Service provides assessment, diagnosis, management and review of persistent pain problems. This service is for people who are experiencing issues with persistent pain despite usual medical and community care. The program works to assist clients to manage their pain using an active service model.
To be eligible clients must have pain that has been present for at least 3 of the last 6 months.

What can I expect from the service?

Clients referred to the service have access to:

  • Medical pain specialist
  • Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Psychology, Exercise Physiology and other allied health services.
  • A targeted education program.

Most clients referred to the program will be required to complete a pain questionnaire. This information assists with triaging patients into their initial point of entry into the program and provides baseline information regarding the patient’s status.

The Pain Management Clinic runs across 2 Northern Health sites:

Broadmeadows Hospital

Clinic operates on: Monday

Services can be offered from Monday to Friday

Bundoora Campus

Clinic operates on: Friday morning

Services can be offered from Monday to Friday

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

Please bring a list of current medications, relevant scans or results.

How much does it cost?

There can be a cost to attending the Pain Assessment and Management Service of up to $5.
If client is ineligible for Medicare the referral for the service will need to be reviewed by management.

Contact us

For referrals or enquiries regarding this service please contact the Community Access Service team

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Fax:                8405-8616

Email:           Community.Access.Helpdesk@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals 

Service/Clinic overview

Pain Assessment and Management Service provides assessment, diagnosis, management and review of persistent pain problems. This service is for people who are experiencing issues with persistent pain despite usual medical and community care. The program works to assist clients to manage their pain using an active service model.

 What can be provided:

Clients referred to the service have access to:

  • Medical pain specialist
  • Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Psychology, Exercise Physiology and other allied health services.
  • A targeted education program.

Most clients referred to the program will be required to complete a pain questionnaire. This information assists with triaging patients into their initial point of entry into the program and provides baseline information regarding the patient’s status.

The Pain Management Clinic runs across 2 Northern Health sites:

Broadmeadows Hospital

Clinic operates on: Monday

Services can be offered from Monday to Friday

Bundoora Campus

Clinic operates on: Friday morning

Services can be offered from Monday to Friday

 Inclusion criteria:

  • Must have pain that has been present for at least 3 of the last 6 months.

 Exclusion criteria:

  • Active compensation claim – TAC, WorkCover or other legal claims relating to their pain
  • Actively managed by other pain services

 How to Refer:

All referrals must be from a GP or Consultant/ Specialist. Referral must include:

  • Reason for referral
  • Current and past medical history including Psychiatric history
  • Information relevant to the patient’s condition
  • List of current mediations
  • Results of all relevant current pathology and radiology
  • Referring Doctor’s provider number

For referrals or enquiries regarding this service please contact the Community Access Service team

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Fax:                8405-8616

Email:           Community.Access.Helpdesk@nh.org.au

Alternative service options:

  • Melbourne Health Pain Clinic
  • Austin Health Pain Clinic
  • Austin CRPS clinic
  • RCH Chronic Pain Clinic
  • Barbara Walker Pain Clinic
  • Private Pain Services/clinics