Chronic Pain Management Program at AWH offers a regional multidisciplinary chronic pain management program based at the Wodonga Campus.
The Mission Statement is to provide timely, evidence-based intervention to individuals with chronic pain conditions which meet best practice and uses a multidisciplinary and consumer-focused approach.
The Goals are to :
1. improve individuals’ functional performance and quality of life
2. modify the perception of and response to pain
3. enhance self-management and reduce reliance on the health care system
4. promote appropriate use of medication and reduce substance dependency
Selection Criteria: All patients with non-malignant chronic pain are eligible for referral to the program including public and compensable patients.
Geographical Area: The program is based at the AWH Wodonga Campus and serves a regional population of approximately 600,000 in Northeast Victoria and Southwest New South Wales.
Cost: The program is provided a no cost to public patients. Compensable patients are generally funded by their Workers Compensation or Third Party Insurer.
Program Components: The program is a three-week residential cognitive-behavioural modification and physical reactivation program based on the bio psychosocial model of pain and conducted by an interdisciplinary team comprised of:
- rehabilitation/musculoskeletal medical officer
- occupational therapists
- registered nurse
- allied health assistants
The focus of the program is on pain management rather than cure, with participants encouraged to develop skills enabling self-management of their pain and reduced reliance on health care providers.
Program components include:
1. Educational sessions on:
- the nature of pain
- psychological links with chronic pain
- rationalisation and reduction of medication usage
- stress, anger and mood management
- pacing and activity planning
- assertiveness and self-esteem
2. Relaxation using a variety of techniques including:
- progressive muscular relaxation
- controlled breathing
- passive neuromuscular relaxation
- spot techniques
3. Physical reactivation incorporating:
- postural re-training
4. Individual sessions as appropriate in:
- Medication management
- Vocational goal-setting
The Referral Process: patients can be referred by their local doctor, specialist, physiotherapist, psychologist, vocational rehabilitation provider or other health professional.
Referrals can be directed to: Dr Esther Langenegger
Program Manager, Pain Management Program
P: 02 6051 7414 F: 02 6051 7422 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
or post to PO Box 326, ALBURY, NSW 2640