The Caulfield Pain Management and Research Centre is an ambulatory service providing specialist assessment and treatment for adults with chronic non-malignant pain and cancer survivors with chronic pain.
The Centre aims to assist patients to reduce the impact of persistent pain by optimising pain treatments, improving function and promoting self-management.
This is achieved by expert assessment, patient education and access to a number of treatment modalities.
A medical referral is required. The centre services the state of Victoria for public, TAC, Workcover and Veterans Affairs clients.
The centre undertakes research on outcomes of pain treatments, psychosocial aspects of chronic pain, pain and ageing and novel therapies for pain.
It also has close links with The Alfred's Acute Pain Service (in Anaesthesia) as well as various specialist services treating chronic pain conditions.
Together the services are accredited for training in Pain Medicine.
Pain Management Programs
SMART (Self Management and Resource Tools)
This program is offered to clients following referral to the service. It is a two and a half hour information session. It's goals are to provide clients with current information about chronic pain mechanisms, current treatment concepts and information about what Caulfield Pain Management + Research Centre can provide. It also provides an introduction to self-management strategies which may assist clients to manage their pain whilst they are waiting for assessment.
Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Group (PT/OT)
This is a six week program with Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy input. It is a goal based program involving a functional restoration approach and graded exposure to exercise and activity, along with practical pain management strategies.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Pain Management Group programs
The CBT pain management program below is a multi-disciplinary group program which aims to help participants understand their pain condition and to learn strategies to help them manage their pain and assist them to improve their quality of life. Each program operates for one day a week for a period of 9 weeks ( 1 day of introduction and 8 of the program itself). The programs run during school term.
The program consists of:
Follow up Group Program
Customised programs involving individual sessions with psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, Feldemkrais practioner are offered on a limited basis when appropriate.
The goal of the program is to teach people to self manage their pain and be able to access appropriate supports in the community at completion of their program.Top
Major aims of the research program: