The Merri Health Chronic Pain Service (CPS) for people aged 18 and over who have chronic/persistent pain and live in Hume, Darebin, Moreland, Yarra, Melbourne, Moonee Ponds or the Macedon Ranges area has been extended until June 2024.
This community based service provides integrated multidisciplinary care, which includes assessment, care planning, support, treatment and review to clients based on the level of service needed. This includes:
- an active management and biopsychosocial approach
- options for individual, group and telehealth consultations
- care coordination, physiotherapy and psychology
- medical consultation (if required) on site at Merri Health in partnership with the Royal Melbourne Hospital
- options for involvement in case consultations/conferencing with CPS staff.
The service began in November 2020 and in its first 1.5 years, achieved excellent client outcomes and built great community relationships. Approximately 160 clients have been referred with wait times from referral to first appointment on average 26 days.
Client data and outcomes are collected via Merri Health’s client information system and the national Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration which involves the collection of a standard set of information by specialist pain services, with annual results demonstrating:
- 91.7% of Merri patients reported making at least some overall improvement
- 75% reported an improvement in their physical abilities.
More information on the service can be found here.
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