thanks Mary, there's some good reading on that site as well as the pain clinics. This is supposed to be a major city and it doesn't have a multi disciplinary pain clinic however, I did see my pain specialists name. I just wish he was more accessible, its unacceptable to have to wait months to get an appointment. And they only run a pain course a couple of times a year, apparently you have to pay for it even though its at a public hospital...is that the same in other states Mary?
I am not sure about that. I see a Dr. through a public pain clinic but by the time I got there, I had already sourced a physio and a psychologist who were both well versed in chronic neuropathic pain and I had also participated in a community management program, so I didn't actually do anything at the pain clinic than see the doctor (still don't). So my case is slightly different. I am almost sure that we don't pay in SA but maybe someone else can help out with the other states. Don will be able to fill people in regarding the Royal Adelaide Hospital here in SA.
Does anyone in any of the other states know whether there is any cost associated with attending a pain management program in the other states?
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Hi Eliza I go through the pain clinic at the RAH which is a public hospital, appointment times to see specialist can be far and few between, but I can tell you the poor staff are flat out all the time and if you went into the waiting room it's always full. The problem lies with not enough trained specialist in dealing with chronic pain, the same applies to the private sector, but waiting times can be a little less because majority of people can't afford private health cover.
As for paying to do the multi disciplinary pain management course, no there were no costs involved apart from paying for a car park if you could not find a disabled park, all follow up classes are free also and all literature that was handed out, there was even free tea and coffee available you just helped yourself, this is also available while you are waiting to see a doctor.
The RAH runs a 9 week course, they run 2 every week, once the current 2 courses finish they start on the next, waiting times to get into the course is still 12 months plus, shows you the scale of people seeking the course to manage pain and that is just one public hospital here. That's 20 people very nine weeks as there is a maximum of 10 in each class, class sizes any bigger makes it difficult to finish all of the course on time.
i go o the flinders medical centre chronic pain unit and have done so for many years now- while some procedures have been done there using my private health insurance, these days that has been because it helps them use theit funding to help people with no health insurance but my routine pump fills etc are done as a public patient- either way there has neveer been an out of pocket expense for other than as grappers mentioned, car parking. as far as i am aware the only time there would be an out of pocket expense is if you see a practioner in the private system as a private patient. I do see some other medicos eetc in the private system and a few yrs back i would rarely have an out of pocket charge once i showed i was on a pension card but that is no longer true- eg i see my neurologist next week and his practice requires full payment at consult - once i go to medicare i am left with an out of pocket cost of $37 from memory. So its seeing those practioners privately that leads to the potential for considerable out of pocket cost So once again its a case of being lucky enough to get to the public clinics without "losing the plot"- i said we had 2 public pain unit but it seems the repat has one too but that is still only 3 for the entire state and as grappers said, even in private there are shortages of some specialities- pain management and neurology that i am aware of - i know my neurologists books are fully booked months in advance!
i made a comment about the cost of seeing the various specialist from a pain unit seperately in the private system and how that would be out of the reach for many and i still stand by that , A single gap of $37 does not sound too bad but on a pension you would not wat to see many practioners at once but the most expensive would be the psychologist! but at least now if your GP makes a care plan for you you have 5 visits in a year that medicare will take of- thats a help
In Brisbane, I have checked out four different hospital based pain management programs over the years.
Of those four programs i have completed two,some years apart.
One of them in particular was very good.
I am happy to share what i can if anyone up here is interested.
There are also a number of other courses available up here.
I have perused most of them but not in as much detail as the original four where i actually undertook admission interviews and had the chance to ask questions.
Well it being an ADAPT program you are in good hands, that is the same sort of pain management course I attended and still do with catch up groups throughout the year.
I would have thought the sick certificate would have covered anything to do with work, the only way you would have to attend if it stated light duties.