For people living with persistent pain, the “Turning Pain into Gain” Persistent Pain Program funded by Gold Coast Primary Health Network, continues to make a significant difference to the lives of those suffering from pain.
The 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 despite pain, in the hope of leading to reduced reliance on medication for pain management, reduced requirements for emergency care and living a better quality of life.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network’s Persistent Pain Program: “Turning PAIN into GAIN” is a self-management pain education program which will run for two hours each month for six topics and a total of 12 months service navigation and assessment. Programs will run in the mornings from 10am to 12 noon.
Our initial and ongoing service assessments are held at our Varsity Lakes office. Education pain programs will be held in a variety of venues in Robina and Coolangatta. The choice will be the participant’s as to which venue is more convenient to them.
The patient has met ALL the following criteria to be eligible for the program:
Able to give voluntary, informed consent for the ongoing collection of audit data.
A large 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 referring their patients into the program should contact the Project Officer, Joyce McSwan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.