Statewide Chronic Pain Clinical Network

The Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Net­work has been estab­lished to work on improv­ing the pro­vi­sion of inte­grat­ed mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary care for peo­ple with chron­ic pain.

Join us for a Vir­tu­al Low­er Back Care Workshop

This event is a vir­tu­al ver­sion of a work­shop host­ed 16 June 2022, by the Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Network.

This work­shop is designed to help inform the pri­or­i­ties and direc­tion of the Low­er Back Pain Work­ing Group by iden­ti­fy­ing enablers and actions required to tran­si­tion care in South Aus­tralia from the cur­rent state to ide­al future state. 

To reg­is­ter, see Low­er Back Pain Care Work­shop (Vir­tu­al Ses­sion) via our Events page.

Cur­rent Projects

  • Man­ag­ing Pain in the Com­mu­ni­ty
    Define a clear com­mu­ni­ty mod­el for pain man­age­ment, map exist­ing pain sup­port ser­vices and ini­tia­tives and iden­ti­fy oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve the deliv­ery of pain man­age­ment ser­vices in the community.
  • Opi­oid Stew­ard­ship Round­table
    In late 2021 the Net­work held an Opi­oid Stew­ard­ship Round­table dis­cus­sion aimed at improv­ing cross-sec­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion to bet­ter under­stand, define and opti­mise opi­oid stew­ard­ship in South Australia. 
  • Low­er Back Pain
    Improv­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and man­age­ment of Low­er Back Pain in unplanned Emer­gency Depart­ment presentation

Hear from Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Anne Burke about the Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Network

Statewide Chronic Pain Clinical Network Steering Committee
Marc Apol­loni
Ade­laide Pri­ma­ry Health Network
Mark Cox
Pri­vate Ser­vices, Psy­chol­o­gy, Physiotherapy
Sue Edwards
Rur­al, Pain Ser­vice Co-ordi­na­tion, Nursing
Nic­ki Ferencz
WCHN Pae­di­atric Pain Ser­vice, Psychology
Michael Find­lay
Med­i­cine (Addic­tion, Pain), Prison Services
Inara Betts
Coun­try Pri­ma­ry Health Networks
Jac­in­ta Johnson
Pri­ma­ry Care, Hos­pi­tal, Phar­ma­cy, Med­ica­tion Safety
Mark Jones
NAL­HN Pain Ser­vice, Nursing

Kin Lau

Rur­al, Aged Care, Hos­pi­tal Avoid­ance, Med­ical (Pain, RACGP)
Noël Markham
SAL­HN Pain Ser­vice, Physiotherapy
Tim Sem­ple
CAL­HN Pain Ser­vice, Med­ical (Anaes­thet­ics, Pain)
Edwina Shan­non
Pri­vate Ser­vices, Research, Edu­ca­tion, Occu­pa­tion­al Therapy
Samuel Whit­tle
Liv­ing Guide­lines, Edu­ca­tion, Med­ical (Rheuma­tol­ogy)
Jack­ie Yeoh
Med­ical (RACGP, Hos­pi­tal Liai­son), Shared Care
Mary Wing
Con­sumer representative 
Leah Trot­ta
Con­sumer representative 

Network Lead

Associate Professor Anne Burke

Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Net­work Vision

A strong, con­nect­ed and inclu­sive com­mu­ni­ty of prac­tice which pro­motes evi­dence-informed pre­ven­tion, ear­ly inter­ven­tion and man­age­ment of pain across the life span for all South Australians.

Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Net­work Goals

The Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work has been estab­lished to work on improv­ing the pro­vi­sion of inte­grat­ed mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary care for peo­ple with chron­ic pain. It aims to:

  • Fos­ter improved recog­ni­tion and under­stand­ing of chron­ic pain and its effec­tive man­age­ment in the community.
  • Fos­ter sys­tems devel­op­ment to enable trans­par­ent shar­ing of data which can sup­port cross-sec­tor ser­vice design, deliv­ery and collaboration.
  • Sup­port improve­ments in com­mu­ni­ty, pri­ma­ry health and hos­pi­tal set­tings to ensure time­ly access to evi­dence informed care for all South Aus­tralians liv­ing with pain.
  • Build an inte­grat­ed Com­mu­ni­ty of Prac­tice that opti­mis­es the expe­ri­ence and out­comes of chron­ic pain management.

Doc­u­ments and Addi­tion­al Information


Opi­oid Stew­ard­ship Round­table — Octo­ber 2021

Con­sis­tent with inter­na­tion­al trends, rates of opi­oid pre­scrib­ing con­tin­ue to increase across the nation.
Opi­oids are high risk med­i­cines and opi­oid-relat­ed harm is well known. Enhanc­ing opi­oid stew­ard­ship requires the abil­i­ty to share exper­tise, knowl­edge and data across the health system.

The Net­work held an Opi­oid Stew­ard­ship Round­table Dis­cus­sion on 13 Octo­ber 2021 to improve cross-sec­­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion to bet­ter under­stand, define and opti­mise opi­oid stew­ard­ship in South Australia.

The round­table dis­cus­sion includ­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tion from over 25 key stake­hold­ers whose exper­tise spanned local health net­works, Office of the Chief Phar­ma­cist (Depart­ment for Health & Well­be­ing), pri­vate hos­pi­tals, com­mu­ni­ty ser­vices, ScriptCheck, med­ica­tion safe­ty, addic­tion, research, aged care, rur­al ser­vices and sys­tems design (incl. the elec­tron­ic med­ical record).

The Round­table was a tar­get­ed dis­cus­sion exploring:

  • What good Opi­oid Stew­ard­ship looks like
  • How good stew­ard­ship is measured
  • The infor­ma­tion touch­points across the var­i­ous stages of the patient pathway
  • Part­ner­ship opportunities.

Have a question?

Or want to know more about the Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Net­work?
Please email CEIH.​ChronicPain@​sa.​gov.​au.