The Living Well with Persistent Pain Program
When pain lasts longer than three months, things need to change. Medicines are no longer as helpful as they once were, and in some situations can be quite harmful. We now know that effective management options are based on knowledge of how pain works in the body and on your personal situation.
For most people with persistent pain, it is best to have your GP helping you to manage your pain rather than going to see a specialist. This is because many of the things that help the most are things you can control yourself with good support from a health care team.
There are two main parts of managing your pain:
- Understanding pain and what you can do to make a difference
- Learning ways to improve your ability to do your daily tasks
The Living Well with Persistent Pain program combines both of these parts.
The education program runs monthly over 6 months, and aims to help you learn a range of skills that can help you to make positive changes in your life. The topics all discuss ways that our lifestyle impacts on pain. The topics are:
- Knowing Pain
- Medical Investigations and Moving with Ease
- Food and Pain
- Pain and Sleep
- Thoughts and Emotions
You will also learn how to set goals and plan to meet them as well as how you can plan for the bad days.
If you choose to participate in the program, you can also access an individual plan to be done by either your regular GP, or where appropriate, by a program GP with a special interest in persistent pain management. You may be eligible to access a limited number of subsidised health services as part of the plan.
The program does not seek to cure or eliminate pain but instead to improve your ability to live well despite the pain. The program does not provide pain specialists or surgical services.
The program is free to participants.
For more information about the program:
- Living Well with Persistent Pain Program North
Referral forms can be downloaded via the below links or by searching our publications and clinical templates library: