Improving chronic pain services in South Australia


In South Australia, services for people experiencing chronic pain are limited and the current services need to be modernised to meet the changing needs of the South Australian population and to adapt to changing best-practices.

To improve chronic pain services, a new model of care has been developed to ensure you receive the best care, first time, every time.

Under the new model of care:

  • You will have more access to chronic pain services with services provided in each Local Health Network, either through a dedicated chronic pain service, via telehealth or via outreach services.
  • Pain will be assessed using a consistent set of criteria which will be used by health professionals across the health system. This will ensure you are directed to the right service for your condition, no matter where you live.
  • People experiencing chronic pain will be directed to the right place for care based on the severity of the pain.
  • Care will be coordinated across the system with General Practitioners and Pain Management Specialists in hospitals working together to provide consistent care.
  • Training will be provided to GPs and other health professionals to increase their skills and understanding of best-practice treatment of chronic pain so that you get the best care.

The model of care has been endorsed by the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group and the Transforming Health Strategic Committee. An implementation working group will now be established to undertake detailed implementation planning, using a phased approach, and to lead implementation in the LHNs.

To find out more about the changes, view the Chronic Pain Services Consumer Guide (PDF 111KB) or watch the video below.

Improving chronic pain services in South Australia

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