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'Turning PAIN into GAIN’ Program

For people living with persistent pain, a new approach is currently being offered by the Gold Coast Primary Health Network Pain Program to make a significant difference to the lives of those suffering from pain.

The ‘Turning Pain into Gain 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 in the hope of leading to reduced reliance on medication for pain management, reduced requirements for emergency care and participants not requiring referral to higher level care at hospital.

Gold Coast Primary Health Network's Persistent Pain Program: “Turning PAIN into GAIN” is a monthly program for six months as well as service assessments along the way to a total of 12 months of support and service access.  

Want to be involved?

A 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 joining the pilot or referring their patients into the program should contact the Project Officer, Joyce McSwan.

Members of the public living with persistent pain can also contact Joyce directly or fill out the online form below for more information about the program.

Joyce McSwan
Persistent Pain Project Officer



The Turning PAIN into GAIN Program offers: 

  • Fully subsidized monthly Expert Education Forum. The current research of managing persistent pain is very promising. The Expert Education Forum presents up to date information on how you can live well with persistent pain. You will be provided with evidence based information that is relevant and easy to understand. You will be able to access these Forums from a choice of a few venues on the Gold Coast.
  • The program also offers fully subsidised One-On-One clinical service assessment to support and guide both the GP and the patient to the primary healthcare allied health service providers who have an interest in and are upskilled in managing persistent pain.
  • Delivered by a healthcare team each member has a special interest in persistent pain and will speak on their expert areas. This team includes a pharmacist, GP, physiotherapist, dietician, pain educator, counselor, psychologist and consumer representatives.
  • Learn insights from people who are good managers of their persistent pain.
  • Receive monthly newsletter to stay informed of services available to you and relevant information to further your management of persistent pain.
  • Loyalty card program with attendance incentives.
  • A light refreshment and course material will be provided at all sessions.
  • The participant is also able access supplementary FREE allied health services from our large team of healthcare professionals specialising in persistent pain.

How to refer your patient to the 'Turning Pain into Gain' Program

A 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 complete the Program Referral Form and for more information should contact the Program Coordinator, Joyce McSwan.

Once we have received the patient's referral we will be in touch with the patient to make an appointment for an initial service assessment.

For more details on the program please see the Patient Information Sheet and the GP Information Sheet above.

How can Allied Health become involved? 

The program also aims to source, up-skill and utilise Allied Health professionals so that patients are better supported with a cohesive team care approach and empowered to use self-management strategies to live well despite living with persistent pain.

A number of other projects being undertaken by GCPHN are also focussed on improving access to services which enable improved team based care across disciplines, and raise awareness with consumers of available supports and services.

To achieve this we are enhancing our service directory to establish a more detailed resource of the types of services available to better inform General Practices and consumers of available services and supports with regard to Persistent Pain, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Older Persons Health/Aged Care and Pharmacy specific specialisations. 

Two surveys have been developed to inform this process and health professionals with specialities in these areas, or with the desire to develop their expertise are invited to complete these short questionnaires.  Completing the relevant survey below will allow us to communicate efficiently with you on up and coming pain education events planned for 2015 and 2016. It will also allow us to build a service directory that is up to date for better service delivery.  



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