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
  • physiotherapist
  • psychologists
  • 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:

  • visualisation
  • progressive muscular  relaxation
  • controlled breathing
  • passive neuromuscular relaxation
  • self-hypnosis
  • spot techniques

3. Physical reactivation incorporating:

  • postural re-training
  • walking
  • stretching
  • exercises
  • hydrotherapy

4. Individual sessions as  appropriate in:

  • Psychology
  • 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:
or post to PO Box 326, ALBURY, NSW 2640