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


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.


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.


ePPOC is a benchmarking and quality improvement system that has been designed to measure patient outcomes from a pain clinic intervention. The NSW pain network has been involved in developing the minimum dataset. The system has been installed in all 19 pain clinics in NSW and each site has undergone training. In addition, the initiative has been rolled out to the other states of Australia and New Zealand improving the power of benchmarking.


With the endorsement of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, the ACI developed a minimum dataset suitable for application in the pain clinics across NSW. A partnership was sought between a research institute and ACI to develop and deliver a data system capable of providing analysis and reporting at a state level. It was also anticipated that this system would be applied at a national level. This has now been achieved.


  • Faculty of Pain Medicine, University of Wollongong - Australian Health Services Research Institute
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District
  • St Vincent's Health Network,
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Western NSW Local Health District
  • Sydney Children's Hospital Network
  • Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Key Dates

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites

Hunter New England Local Health DistrictTamworth Rural Referral Hospital
John Hunter Hospital
John Hunter Children's Hospital
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health DistrictPort Kembla Hospital
Mid North Coast Local Health DistrictPort Macquarie Base Hospital
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health DistrictNepean Hospital
Northern Sydney Local Health DistrictRoyal North Shore Hospital
Greenwich Hospital
South Eastern Sydney Local Health DistrictPrince of Wales Hospital
St George Hospital
South Western Sydney Local Health DistrictLiverpool Hospital
St Vincent's Health NetworkSt Vincent's Hospital
Sydney Children's Hospital NetworkThe Children's Hospital at Westmead
Sydney Children's Hospital
Sydney Local Health DistrictConcord Repatriation General Hospital
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Western NSW Local Health DistrictOrange Health Service
Western Sydney Local Health DistrictWestmead Hospital


The first ePPOC reports are now available. Second reports are due in march 2015.

Related Initiatives

Further Details


Jenni Johnson
Manager, Pain Management Network
02 9464 4636

Chris Shipway
Director, Primary Care and Chronic Services

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Jenni Johnson
Manager, Pain Management Network
02 9464 4636