Initiatives by Category

Pain Management

Framework for the Statewide Model for Palliative and End-of-Life Care Service Provision

Aim: To inform the development of a comprehensive model of care for equitable palliative and end-of-life care service provision in NSW.

Benefits: The Framework is the foundation for advancing work towards the Network’s vision that all NSW residents have access to quality care based on assessed need as each approaches and reaches the end of their life.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 11 November 2013|Last updated: 20 January 2014

Chronic Pain and Spinal Cord Injury Project

Aim: The aim of this initiative was to provide web-based resources for consumers who live with spinal cord injury and chronic pain in addition to a clinical navigation tool to assist clinicians to develop a pain management plan for SCI-related pain for their patients. The project also resulted in the development of a service model providing assessment and management of people with SCI and chronic pain which incorporates use of telehealth technology.

Benefits: The project has developed extensive resources and a service model that are now accessible to consumers and clinicians.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 12 February 2015|Last updated: 12 February 2015

Telehealth Pilot for Pain Management

Aim: To implement the telehealth toolkit and test and modify its application in the real setting of a pain clinic.

Benefits: Telehealth is a modality that can be utilized to improve access for people to specialized healthcare who live in rural and remote regions.It also provides support to clinicians working in distant locations and facilitates a multidisciplinary approach.It provides support to GPs who may be under resourced to provide appropriate pain management support.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 31 March 2015|Last updated: 16 July 2015

NSW Chronic Pain Clinics Information Flyer

Aim: To provide information to consumers and primary care clinicians on the purpose and approach of various pain management services, alongside relevant contact details.

Benefits: Benefits include improved information for consumers on available pain-management services in NSW. The flyer outlines each of the publicly-funded pain management services in NSW and supplies contact details.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 22 January 2014

Fascia Iliaca Blocks for older people with hip fracture

Aim: To develop a toolkit of resources facilitating Fascia Ilaica Block (FIB) as a method of pain management in hip fracture.

Benefits: To assist in the practical application of effective pain management as referred to in the Minimum Standards for Hip Fracture; To reduce the harm arising from overuse of opiate medications; To provide a method of implementing application of the procedure.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 9 November 2015|Last updated: 9 November 2015

Toolkit for Adolescents and young people with chronic pain: Supporting transition or direct entry to adult services

Aim: To develop a statewide toolkit of resources to assist pain clinics managing adolescents and young people aged 14-25 years with chronic and complex pain. The toolkit will supplement what already exists in the Transition Network with tailored resources specific to pain management and issues for young people and their families.

Benefits: The experience of young people entering adult services will be assisted by having age appropriate treatments, approaches and resources available. The transition process will be enhanced through the availability of checklists and other resources relevant to young people.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 26 April 2016|Last updated: 26 April 2016

NSW Pain Clinic Referral Form and Process

Aim: To provide a consistent method when making a referral from primary care to a tertiary pain service, irrespective of where the service is located.

Benefits: All services will have the same triage criteria and process for accepting patients from primary care.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 17 November 2014

Implementation of the Statewide Pain Plan

Aim: To document and implement a statewide pain strategy to reduce the burden of chronic pain in the community.

Benefits: Following the implementation of the NSW Pain Plan, there will be greater access to expert services, and improved support for primary care, for people living in regional NSW.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 20 January 2014

NSW Standardised Pain Charts (adult)

Aim: Development and implementation of statewide charts to be used at the bedside when delivering Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), ketamine infusions and neuraxial opioid administration. To standardise practice and reduce error relating to documentation, monitoring and prescription across NSW.

Benefits: Benefits include improved safety and quality of care for patients.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 15 December 2014

Electronic Persistent Pain Outcome Collaboration - routine patient outcomes reporting of pain management intervention

Aim: The NSW pain plan provided funding and an outline of a system of collecting and analyzing data from NSW pain clinics which quantified patient outcomes.

Benefits: The routine collection and analysis of data regarding patient outcomes is an important aspect of service delivery and improvement. The data enables benchmarking across NSW services as well as nationally enabling us to build on the service aspects that deliver the best outcomes.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 25 February 2015|Last updated: 25 February 2015

Pain Management Network Website

Aim: Provide freely accessible, evidence based information to consumers with chronic pain; Provide evidence based tools and resources for clinicians to assist them to better manage people with chronic pain.

Benefits: A major objective of the NSW pain plan is to support the management of chronic pain in the primary care setting. The development of an evidenced based website with information for clinicians and consumers was considered an effective way of achieving this. It has the intention of enabling consumers to adopt and practice a range of self- management strategies which will assist them to manage their pain

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 20 June 2014|Last updated: 20 June 2014

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