Chronic Pain

We are pleased to announce the new Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Network.

About the network 

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


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.


The Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work will:

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

Chron­ic Pain Care Workshop

A Chron­ic Pain Care Work­shop was held on 25 Feb­ru­ary 2021.

Over 120 par­tic­i­pants from across South Aus­tralia pro­vid­ed their views on what is ide­al chron­ic pain care, the gaps and bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing us from pro­vid­ing that care and what will enable us to over­come those bar­ri­ers in the future. Par­tic­i­pants also pro­vid­ed their views on what should be the pri­or­i­ty areas for the Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Network.

A sum­ma­ry report has been com­plet­ed and is avail­able on this page.

The CEIH and the Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Steer­ing Com­mit­tee would like to thank every­one that took part in the work­shop and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the com­mu­ni­ty (con­sumers, clin­i­cians, researchers etc.) to improve chron­ic pain care in South Australia.

View the Chron­ic Pain Care Work­shop Video.

Statewide Chronic Pain Clinical Network Steering Committee
Marc Apol­loni / Wendy Dolejs
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
Frances Graetz
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
Eliz­a­beth Robinson
Con­sumer / Carer
Mary Wing
Con­sumer, Sup­port Groups

Network Lead

Associate Professor Anne Burke


Work­shop Sum­ma­ry (113 KBPDF)

Terms of Ref­er­ence (165 KBPDF)

More infor­ma­tion

Keep up to date with what is hap­pen­ing in the Statewide Chron­ic Pain Clin­i­cal Net­work by sign­ing up to receive news at CEIH.​ChronicPain@​sa.​gov.​au.