Just before the meltdown of our forum, there was someone who was looking for a pain clinic on the Gold Coast. (Angela??). I said I would look into it and I have just had a reply from our vice president, Mandy Nielsen, who lives up there. She has given me this website for you to peruse.
There are also some psychologists in the area who are well versed in pain management. They are:
Cathy Trotter - 5539 4484
Alana Schurrs - 55339747
There is also a flyer that I will attach that was recently put out by the Gold Coast Medicare Local that may be of interest to some people.
Thanks again Mandy.
PS The file will not upload because it is too big. I will see what I can do with it!
OK I have removed a picture from the top. It may work now.
No luck - sorry. I will try a copy and paste and you will at least get the information!
￼Living Well Beyond Pain or Illness
This program for living with chronic pain and illness, is based on the scientifically validate mindfulness based approaches of MBSR, MBCT and ACT. Mindfulness approaches teach methods of being awake to the whole of life, even when it includes difficulties such as pa and illness. This program helps people to develop a new relationship with pain and illnes Learning ways to drop the struggle with pain and illness and move towards acceptance allows a broadening of experience to include pleasant and valued aspects of living. Mindfulness allows people more freedom to respond to difficulty rather than reacting in habitual, unhelpful ways.
The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy components of the course include an emphas on reconnecting people with ways of living that are important to them and moving them towards a richer, more fulfilling life
The development of a daily practice of mindfulness meditation is an essential component the course.
The program can be run on a one to one or small group basis. Group programs are planned for early 2013 and will consist of 6 weekly sessions of 2.5hrs.
The cost of sessions will include the cost of materials and administration and can be subsidised by Medicare (if referred by a GP) and by private health insurers.
22-24 Nerang St Please call Tracey on 07 5596 4866 Nerang 4211
￼￼￼￼￼￼Dr. Christine A Phillips
Clinical & Health Psychology
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Ph.D.(Phcol), M.Clin.Psych. MAPS STAP
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What they are offering looks very good, if you live close Di and can afford to attend, ( they do say you can claim on Medicare and Private Health ) I reckon you would gain a lot from the tools to help you, remember go in with an open mind, what they teach you does work you'll see.
i go to the persistent pain clinic at robina.it is through the public health system so it does have a long waiting list.when i first went towards the end of the last year,there was 700 people still waiting to get in.they have the pain doctor,physio doctor,occupational therepist,phycologist and courses for dealing with chronic pain.just thought i would mention this one on the gold coast for anyone who can't afford a private pain clinic.i did get in a lot quicker because a nurse i was seeing at robina hospital put in a form for me to go there and i heard from them within a month.i was lucky.
chronic migraines and headaches for over 25 years.
chronic facial pain due to allergies
irratable bowel syndrome
chronic upper tummy pain
I go to the pain doctors at Pindara Private Hospital. I see Dr Leigh Dotchin. He is quite good. You can claim the consultation fee on medicare as well. There phone number is 55/278025. Suite 4 Level 2 Pindara Specialist Suites, 29 Carrara St, Benowa. Their website is