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One in five Australians live with chronic pain. Untreated, this can lead to significant disability.

The Community Pain Management Service, developed by Pain Medicine Physician, Dr Stephanie Davies and the Fremantle Pain Medicine Unit, and translated into a primary care setting by Perth North Metro Medicare Local, uses an outcomes-based, co-care model to firstly deliver group education sessions, followed by individual clinical sessions.

These sessions cover:

  • Medications and procedures
  • Movement, exercise and pacing everyday activities
  • Communicating effectively with health providers

The program begins with two group education sessions in the initial week with a multidisciplinary team consisting of a clinicial psychologistphysiotherapist and pain doctor. These sessions focus on areas such as ‘making sense of your pain’, ‘improving function’ and ‘getting your nervous system back onside’. The Community Pain Management Service Coordinator will then organise individual clinics 4-6 weeks after the initial group sessions with the pain team to discuss your personal journey and to develop an indiviualised pain management plan.

Chronic Pain Management Service brochure


Patients are eligible if they are:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Referred with chronic pain (longer than 3 months)
  • Suitable for participation in group education
  • Agree to complete a pre-entry questionnaire to assist in the triaging process
  • Have an English language capacity sufficient to understand the written and verbal materials being presented
  • Be able to give voluntary, informed consent for the ongoing collection of audit data

Exclusion criteria: palliative cancer pain, unstable mental health condition, incarcerated patients or patients already receiving intervention from a pain specialist. Some exceptions may apply.

Referral Process

 Arche Health acknowledges WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) for providing funding in its role as the operator of the Perth South PHN. While the Australian Government Department of Health, via WAPHA, has contributed funding to Arche Health, the information contained in this brochure does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government and/or WAPHA and is not advice that it is provided, or information that is endorsed, by the Australian Government and/or WAPHA. The Australian Government and/or WAPHA is not responsible in negligence or otherwise for any injury, lossor damage however arising from the use of or reliance on the information provided herein.