In recognition of National Pain Week (23-29 July), Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) would like to acknowledge the Turning Pain into Gain Program
, as it continues from strength to strength and embarks on their fifth year of the program. To date, the program has supported over 650 patients and continues to empower patients to live well, despite suffering chronic pain.
The program has extended to involve our past patients who have been able to volunteer within the program and have created their own peer-to-peer support meeting groups, beyond participating in our service. This type of empowerment to enable continual self-management is the ultimate goal of managing pain and to assist on a community level is most encouraging.
The pain program has also reduced patient hospitalisation, in terms of chronic pain and reduced opioid utilisation as the sole agent for managing pain. These successes have provided a more holistic management of pain, providing patients with safety and efficacy in their pain management and reducing the burden on current healthcare resources.
The pathway of the program remains the same, where allied health and GPs within the Gold Coast region can refer directly to the program. You can access the templates in the referrals section
of the HealthyGC website (please note our new fax number: 07 3539 9801). The program works closely with referring GPs and allied health to provide an environment of close collaboration and is mindful of ensuring the patient’s continuum of care is achieved.
Our continuous quality improvement will see some new administrative changes that will occur to continue to strengthen the efficiency of the program. Further resources about pain can be found on our Pain Management