Fast track pain management

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Persistent pain is a silent, debilitating health issue which affects more than 1 million Queenslanders. By the middle of the century, that number is expected to rise by more than 50 per cent.

Defined as pain which lasts for a period of three months or more, many factors lead to and continue the pain, making it difficult to effectively diagnose or manage.

Supported by the Queensland Persistent Pain Clinical Network, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service piloted the Fast Track Pain Management Service to improve access and provide better care for rural communities in the surrounding areas.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the Cairns based team provided outreach services across the Tablelands, Douglas Shire, Cassowary Coast and Yarrabah to educate Primary Care providers and consumers on pain and support them to implement strategies for ongoing management.

From a reduction in presentations to Emergency Departments to improving support for local General Practitioners, the service not only improved access to pain services in rural areas but also provided a drastic benefit to the broader system.

And most importantly, it empowered consumers to take their lives back.



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