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For people living with persistent pain, a new approach is currently being offered by the Gold Coast Primary Health Network Pain Program to make a significant difference to the lives of those suffering from pain.
The ‘Turning Pain into Gain Program' aims to help persistent pain sufferers become better managers of their pain through the expert education program, individual case management, support, goal setting and improved use of community healthcare services.
The program is designed so that participants can explore a range of different strategies for living well in the hope of leading to reduced reliance on medication for pain management, reduced requirements for emergency care and participants not requiring referral to higher level care at hospital.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network's Persistent Pain Program: “Turning PAIN into GAIN” is a monthly program for six months as well as service assessments along the way to a total of 12 months of support and service access.
A number of local General Practices and the rheumatology, persistent pain and neurosurgery departments at Gold Coast Hospital have already enrolled some of their patients into this program. General Practices interested in joining the pilot or referring their patients into the program should contact the Project Officer, Joyce McSwan.
Members of the public living with persistent pain can also contact Joyce directly or fill out the online form below for more information about the program.
Persistent Pain Project Officer
The program also aims to source, up-skill and utilise Allied Health professionals so that patients are better supported with a cohesive team care approach and empowered to use self-management strategies to live well despite living with persistent pain.
A number of other projects being undertaken by GCPHN are also focussed on improving access to services which enable improved team based care across disciplines, and raise awareness with consumers of available supports and services.
To achieve this we are enhancing our service directory to establish a more detailed resource of the types of services available to better inform General Practices and consumers of available services and supports with regard to Persistent Pain, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Older Persons Health/Aged Care and Pharmacy specific specialisations.
Two surveys have been developed to inform this process and health professionals with specialities in these areas, or with the desire to develop their expertise are invited to complete these short questionnaires. Completing the relevant survey below will allow us to communicate efficiently with you on up and coming pain education events planned for 2017 and 2018.
Completing the short survey below will allow us to communicate efficiently with you on up and coming professional development activities planned. It will also allow us to build a service directory that is up to date for better service delivery.
Please fill out this form if you are interested in finding out more about the Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) Persistent Pain and related projects. Please note by filling out this form you give permission for your details to be added to a resource to help improve referrals and service delivery (GCPHN will keep you informed on the progress of this resource and give you access to edit and update your details as required).
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