Chronic Pain Project - Northern Yorke Peninsula
Chronic Pain Project - Northern Yorke Peninsula pilot project
Chronic pain is a major health issue with the National Pain Strategy describing it as “Australia’s third most costly health problem and arguably the developed world’s largest ‘undiscovered’ health priority.
Country SA PHN has undertaken a pilot project with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Pain Management Unit and four rural general practices located in the Northern Yorke Peninsula. This project provided education and support to local General Practitioners, Allied Health Practitioners and Practice Nurses as well as holding outreach clinics for patients with a Pain Medicine Specialist, Psychologist and Physiotherapist from the QEH Pain Unit.
The linkages formed between patient, general practice, specialist team and the multidisciplinary team are providing high quality services in rural areas to avoid unnecessary travel to a tertiary centre for these patients.