Malignancy related pain

This condition will normally be managed by Palliative Care but can be referred to PPMS if specific interventions are required such as nerve blocks, spinal infusion etc.

Other important information for referring practitioners

Lifestyle changes

  • Encourage healthy activity within pain limits
    • Consider physio referral
    • Hydrotherapy
  • Ensure adequate sleep
  • Check for mood disturbances and relationship difficulties
    • Consider psychology referral for any mood disturbances and for assistance in pain control

Medical management

  • Work closely with Palliative Care/Oncological services
  • Organise home palliative care services if needed
  • Educate patient regarding options for graded pain relief and rescue pain relief
    • Provide rescue pain relief
  • Manage patient anxiety regarding fear of dying and pain
    • Consider psychology referral
  • Organise Advance Care Planning
    • Encourage to organise legal will and power of attorney if appropriate
  • Watch for developing depression and treat as appropriate

Referral requirements

A referral may be rejected without the following information.

  • Persistent Pain Management Service eReferral form
  • Reason for referral
    • Comprehensive management plan
    • Specific therapeutic interventions
    • Need for focused multidisciplinary approach
  • History of condition
    • Date of onset and timeline
    • Type of malignancy
    • Prognosis/life expectancy of patient
    • Management of condition to date
    • Past treatments trialled for pain and reasons for failure
    • Treatments used for malignancy
    • Include relevant palliative care or other relevant specialist letters
  • Current and previous relevant medical conditions
  • Current medications and past medications trialled for pain control
  • List drug dependencies, inappropriate drug use and prescribed drug misuse e.g. nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, opioids
  • Allergies
  • Relevant examination findings
    • Cachexia/nutritional status
  • Investigations
    • Blood investigations relevant to cause and co-morbidities

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • Preferably patient to complete entry patient questionnaire prior to first consultation
  • Investigations related to co-morbidities e.g diabetic control
  • Relevant imaging

Out of catchment

Metro North Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service. If your patient lives outside the Metro North Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.

  • Impact on employment
  • Impact on education
  • Impact on home
  • Impact on activities of daily living
  • Impact on ability to care for others
  • Impact on personal frailty or safety
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can’t order, or the patient can’t afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary
  • Presenting symptoms (evolution and duration)
  • Physical findings
  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Details of any associated medical conditions which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes), noting these must be stable and controlled prior to referral
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Drug allergies
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use
  • Full name (including aliases)
  • Date of birth
  • Residential and postal address
  • Telephone contact number/s – home, mobile and alternative
  • Medicare number (where eligible)
  • Name of the parent or caregiver (if appropriate)
  • Preferred language and interpreter requirements
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – telephone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature
  • Willingness to have surgery (where surgery is a likely intervention)
  • Choice to be treated as a public or private patient
  • Compensable status (e.g. DVA, Work Cover, Motor Vehicle Insurance, etc.)
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