Persistent Pain Management


Emergency referrals

Phone on call Cardiology Registrar via:

  • Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital switch - (07) 3646 8111
  • The Prince Charles Hospital switch - (07) 3139 4000
  • Redcliffe Hospital switch – (07) 3883 7777
  • Caboolture Hospital switch – (07) 5433 8888

and send patient to the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at their nearest hospital.

Out of scope services

Not all services are funded in the Queensland public health system. The following are not routinely provided in a public Persistent Pain Management service.

  • Patients who can be well managed in primary care (using appropriate guidelines where necessary).
  • Previous Queensland Health Persistent Pain Management Service (PPMS) patients who have not followed management recommendations unless there are extenuating circumstances or new issues.
  • Previous Queensland Health PPMS patients who have completed the pain management pathway / programs and for whom no new management approaches are available (within previous 12 months).
  • Patients undergoing treatment from other specialist services for the same pain problem without mutual awareness / agreement of cross referral by both teams.
  • Patients with untreated and unstable mental health conditions.
  • Patients with a cognitive impairment of sufficient severity that would affect the ability to self-manage their condition unless they have a carer that is willing and able to assist with pain management recommendations.
  • Patients that have unstable, non-therapeutic drug dependence without concurrent treatment by a drug and alcohol specialist.
  • Patients consuming >60mg oral Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose (oMEDD) for longer than 3 months that are not already engaged in an appropriate primary care directed opioid deprescribing program (Patients with long term psychological opioid dependence are less likely to engage with non-pharmacological interventions. Please consider phoning your local PPMS for advice regarding medication optimisation or opioid deprescribing).
  • Indefinite referrals are not accepted

Specialists list

Send referral

Hotline: 1300 364 938

Fax: 1300 364 952

Electronic: eReferral system

Mail: Metro North Central Patient Intake
Aspley Community Centre
776  Zillmere Road

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