Thank you for the advice. I wanted to do the course but was unable to due to work commitments. Now I work full time and am already taking off so much time for medical appointments for my children.
I did see the psychologist there for a time as well. She really tried to sway me towards the course. At the time there was just no way i could manage it. But i think it's time to reassess. Will contact the pain clinic tomorrow and organize a time for next year.
hmmm very interesting stuff grappers and mary,my pain specialist i was seein there has also retired..i thought he was very good and was a sad day when he retired.when i went back to the pain clinic i seen someone who was only coming in once a week i think at that stage but we did not hit it off to great.they did want me to come in and see there phsychiatrist and pretty much everyone else they have on board there..i just thought itd be a waste of time and effort as i dont travel to well and id allready seen all these people when i first had gone to the pain unit years beforehand. but they never mentioned anything about a pain management course..from what your both saying it sounds very worthwhile going in and seeing them again then.perhaps thats what they where getting at..the only problem is we dont live in adelaide.we are over 100 kms out..how do they run this course is it every day or twice a week or???appreciate if you could share some info on this please?and thankyou.
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Hi fat pete,
When I attended the pain management course at the RAH Pain Clinic it was run every Friday for 3 hours, over a 9 week period, this can be a hassle with parking though, as the time allowed for disabled parking is only 1 3/4 hours, you can use the onsite paid parking, but I don't know the costs, you can also apply to the Adelaide City Council if you have a disability permit, to use You Park parking facilities, this can be done online through their website, it enables you to use any You Park facilities in Adelaide for the first 2 hrs free, you just need to send a scanned image of your disability parking permit attached to your online application, they will then send you out a credit card type card to use, the closest one to the RAH is in Hutt st just up a bit from North terrace and the RAH.
Hi fat pete,
If you are still on their books as a client, then you shouldn't need a referral, the best people to ask about getting into the pain management course is either the pain specialist in the unit or the psychiatrist, I ended up going through the psychiatrist, as at the time there was a long waiting list, being intolerant to pain medications, he thought the best approach would be doing the course and got me in as an emergency attendant, if you are off their books then you will need a new referral.