Pain Management

What is the program?

Our pain program is an evidence-based program which aims to enhance the self-management skills of patients in the management of persistent pain. Also, it strives to improve analgesic rationalisation within a multi-modal approach. The program is conducted by a Pharmacist and Physiotherapist to provide your patients with the opportunity to reset their thinking and respond to chronic pain with management strategies. The sessions are in groups, as well as one-on-one, so they can gain the necessary information but then also be able to work on their individual goals.

Who is suitable?

• Chronic pain patients (suffering for greater than 3 months) e.g. Fibromyalgia, back pain, arthritic, migraine, whip lash sufferers.
• Patients on regular pain medication e.g. Opioids, NSAIDs, simple analgesics, OTC analgesics
• Patients on adjunct treatments for pain e.g. Lyrica (pregabalin), Neurontin (gabapentin), TCAs (amitriptyline, nortriptyline), Cymbalta (duloxetine)

What are the benefits of the program for you and your patient?

• Evidence-based program specific for primary healthcare achieving clinically significant effect size of 1.1.
• Reduce consult time with chronic pain patients
• Medication optimisation and rationalisation
• Enhance subsequent effectiveness of other pain programs
• Functional assessment planning
• Empower patients with sustainable tools to optimise self-management of their pain
• Physiotherapist and Pharmacist joint letters with patient’s progress and recommendations


Comprehensive Assessment
1. Complete medical history and assessment
2. Motivational interviewing, goal setting and selfefficacy discussions
3. Assessment of glycemic control (HbA1c) and blood pressure
4. Medication review
5. Anthropometry (body measurements) and physiological testing
6. Nutritional health assessment and food diary review
7. Musculoskeletal analysis and injury management
8. Physical activity readiness assessment

Treatment & Coaching
1. Glycaemic impact eating, portion control, meal planning and preparation
2. Glycaemic control education utilising medication and lifestyle
3. Condition-specific exercise rehabilitation targeting improved functional capacity and independence (home, aqua and/or gym-based)
4. Tailored metabolic conditioning and exercise therapy (home, aqua and/or gym-based)
5. Recognising challenges and barriers to developing and implementing strategies
6. Positive change consolidation and reflection on motivation and beliefs surrounding change
7. Exercise review and inclusion of strategies to enable long-term improvement and adaptations
8. Blood glucose interpretation, education and how to manage sick days

Group Education Sessions
1. Understanding Your Diabetes
2. The Three Common Tenants to Effective Nutrition
3. Improving Movement and Functional Independence
4. Glucose Control for Every Occasion
5. How to Create the Perfect Meal
6. Healthy Food Safari (Grocery Tour)
7. Structuring Exercise to Achieve Your Goals
8. Lifestyle Hacks to Sleep Like a Baby

Key aspects to the program include:

• Comprehensive Assessment
• Treatment & Coaching
• Group Education Sessions
• Healthy Food Safari (Grocery Tour)