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)
- Director of Pain Clinic - Prof Milton Cohen (Pain and Rheumatologist)
- Dr Clive Sun – (Pain and Rehabilitation)
- A/Prof Tony Richardson – (Psychiatrist)
- Dr Martine O’Neill - (Pain and Anaesthetist)
- Jacqueline Jensen - Clinical Nurse Consultant
- Dr Regina Schultz – Clinical and Neuro Psychologist
- Pip Eve – Psychologist
- Tania Gardner – Physiotherapist
- Mandy Lau – 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 Healthdirect Australia and 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.
Reboot Pain Management Program
The St Vincent’s Reboot Program is a multidisciplinary treatment approach to chronic pain. It is a 10 week self-management program to help people to learn to manage chronic pain. The main aim of the program is to improve the participant’s functional ability and emotional wellbeing despite ongoing pain. The goals of the program are to:
- Provide education about chronic pain,
- Improve physical functioning,
- Provide coping skills and strategies, and
- Promote self-management.
Note: An online Reboot pain management program is currently in development.
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