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Chronic Pain Management Program

This is a FREE community program for people with chronic pain available in Bega, Cooma, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Yass, Nowra, Russell Vale, Ulladulla, and Wollongong. It runs for 3 hours per week, for 6 weeks.

Do you answer YES to the following questions?

·         Have you been troubled by pain for more than 3 months?

·         Do you feel anxious or depressed because of ongoing pain?

·         Are you finding it difficult to do the things you want to do because of pain?

·         Do you live in South Eastern NSW (one of the areas listed above)

Then email painmanagement@gph.org.au or call 1800 879 096 to request more information about the pain program in your area.


What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain refers to any kind of persistent or long-lasting discomfort or ache that lasts for a prolonged period of time, typically for three months or more. Unlike acute pain, which is usually temporary and serves as a warning sign of injury or illness, chronic pain can persist even after the initial cause has healed. It can affect various parts of the body and may range in intensity from mild to severe. Chronic pain can greatly impact a person’s daily life, making it important to seek proper medical attention and support to manage it effectively.

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What is the Chronic Pain Management Program?

The goal of a chronic pain management program is to empower individuals to actively participate in their own pain management, improve their quality of life, and reduce the impact of chronic pain on their daily activities.

The chronic pain management program is a structured approach to help individuals cope with and manage their chronic pain effectively. The program is offered by healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, mental health workers and people with lived experience, who work together to provide a holistic approach to pain management.

The Chronic Pain Management Program consists of 6 weekly, 3-hour group sessions, plus an introduction session and a follow-up session.

Topics covered by the program include:

  • What pain is
  • Physical activity and pain management
  • Planning, pacing and goal setting for managing pain
  • Relaxation techniques to manage pain
  • Managing problems to manage pain

Who is the program for?

The Chronic Pain Management Program is for people who are:

  • 18 years and older
  • Living in the SENSW region
  • Experiencing pain for more than three months (even after being told by their specialist or GP that their injury has healed)

People who are undergoing active treatment for cancer, infection or fractures, or are receiving high dose opioids (>60mg morphine equivalent per day) or are on workers compensation, third party, and motor accident injury claims are not eligible for this program.

Where does the Chronic Pain Management Program run?

The Chronic Pain Management Programs run throughout many areas in southern NSW. Current locations for the program include Bega, Cooma, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Yass, Nowra, Russell Vale, Ulladulla, and Wollongong.

The number of programs is increasing so please contact 1800 879 096 or email painmanagement@gph.org.au for more information or to suggest we run a program in your location.

How can I register for the Chronic Pain Management Program?

If you would like to know more about the chronic pain program, please call 1800 879 096 or email painmanagement@gph.org.au

Referrals

GPs, Allied health professionals, specialist medical practitioners, health and community service organisations can refer clients to the program using the Chronic Pain Management Program referral form or contact 1800 879 096 or email painmanagement@gph.org.au.

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