Chronic Pain Management
The St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Department of Pain Medicine offers assessment, management services and programs for patients experiencing persisting pain. This includes post trauma, surgery and pain arising from chronic medical conditions.
Our services include consultation for hospital inpatients and a pain clinic for people living in the community. For rural and regional patients a tele-health service is also offered via referral from your primary care General Practitioner.
When pain continues to be experienced even after tissue has healed and the pain lasts for more than 3 months, this is called persistent or chronic pain.
Director A/Prof Steven Faux ( Pain and Rehabilitation)
Dr Clive Sun ( Pain and Rehabilitation)
A/Prof Tony Richardson (Psychiatrist)
Dr Martine O’Neill (Pain and Anaesthetist)
Dr Tejs Kanhere (Pain Fellow)
Aine Killeen (Clinical Nurse Consultant)
Dr Jane Wheatley (Psychologist)
Irina Grassi (Senior physiotherapist)
Mandy Lau (Senior Physiotherapist)
St Vincent’s Hospital Pain Clinic
St Vincent’s Hospital Pain Clinic provides pain assessment and management services and programs for people living with chronic pain. A referral is required from a medical practitioner to the pain clinic once investigations have been completed and acute medical issues have been addressed.
Referrals are to be sent electronically by GPs participating in eHealth or faxed to (02) 8382 3111 for triaging.
St Vincent’s Hospital
Ambulatory Care, Xavier Building Level 3
390 Victoria Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Clinic is held Fridays (except on public holidays)
Morning session 9 am to 12. 30 pm
Afternoon session 1.30 pm to 5 pm
St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Telehealth Pain Clinic
An appointment for a telehealth consultation in the Pain Clinic can also be arranged. Referral is required, see above.
This video consultation service is for people who have a scheduled appointment with the St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Telehealth Pain Clinic.
Appointments for this service must be arranged in advanced, if you have booked a telehealth video-consultation, simply click the start video call button 5 minutes before your booked appointment time.
These video calls work using the Google Chrome web browser.
No special software or plugins need to be installed.
Google Chrome can be downloaded at: www.google.com/chrome.
This service is provided by St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. If you have any enquiries please contact the St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Pain Clinic on email: SVHS.ChronicPainService@svha.org.au or ph: 02 8382 3110.
What is the online pain program?
The Reboot Online Program is a collaboration between the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD), headed by Prof Gavin Andrews and the Department of Pain Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, headed by A/Prof Steven Faux.
We have developed this automated, clinician-guided pain management program that is delivered over the internet to consist of educational lessons, personalised graded exercise plans and video demonstrations, relaxation strategies and various resources to help patients learn to self-manage their pain and improve their quality of life. Designed to enhance patient care, Reboot Online provides a low-cost, easily accessible intervention for patients with chronic pain who cannot be reached by our service, and for those who require additional support after completing the on-site Reboot Program.
Reboot Online is based upon St Vincent’s Hospital’s ‘Reboot’ Pain Management Program (face-to-face service) and modelled on existing internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT) programs successfully disseminated by the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD).
The Reboot Online program is unique in that it includes activity based components and a graded exercise program, alongside traditional CBT modules (including pacing, goal setting, activity planning, thought challenging, communication skills, reactivation and stress management).
What is the evidence for this program?
To gain preliminary evidence of the feasibility and acceptability of Reboot Online, we have conducted a consumer focus group (May, 2015), and a pilot trial with 20 patients with chronic pain (completion date: 30 September, 2015). To further evaluate this program, we completed an Australia-wide randomised controlled trial (RCT) to compare the acceptability, feasibility and efficacy of Reboot Online to a control group who receives ‘usual care/treatment’ for chronic pain.
If you are a patient and are interested in our online program
Useful Links for Health Professionals, Patients and Carers:
NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation's Pain Network. www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/chronic-pain
Chronic Pain Australia www.chronicpainaustralia.org.au
Australian Pain Management Association www.painmanagement.org.au
Pain Australia www.painaustralia.org.au