Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

Chronic Pain Statewide Clinical Network

The Chronic Pain SCN has been established to improve the provision of integrated, multidisciplinary care for people with chronic pain.

South Aus­tralia's Pain Research and Inno­va­tion Hub

We have launched an online repository of current and completed pain-related projects to enable people to easily connect around shared interests or issues and learn from work that has already been undertaken. We want to help break down silos, reduce duplication of effort and fast-track innovation.

To contribute to the repository or for more information, see South Australia's Pain Research and Innovation Hub.

Cur­rent Projects

Low­ Back Pain

We are estab­lish­ing bet­ter care path­ways for peo­ple suf­fer­ing low back pain to improve time­li­ness and appro­pri­ate­ness of treat­ment. This is being done through greater under­stand­ing of rel­e­vant clin­i­cal and sys­tems fac­tors, as informed by data, cur­rent evi­dence and stake­hold­er input.

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Opi­oid Stewardship

Work­ing with the Office of the Chief Phar­ma­cist, the Safe­ty and Qual­i­ty Unit in the Depart­ment for Health and Well­be­ing and local hos­pi­tal cham­pi­ons, we are help­ing hos­pi­tals meet the new Aus­tralian Com­mis­sion on Safe­ty and Qual­i­ty in Health Care’s Opi­oid Anal­gesic Stew­ard­ship in Acute Pain Clin­i­cal Care Stan­dard. This aims to ensure opi­oid use is appro­pri­ate­ly man­aged and reviewed to min­imise any risk of harm to patients.

Ado­les­cent Pain Services

Sup­port­ed by grant fund­ing and work­ing with UniSA, Men­zies Cen­tre for Health Pol­i­cy and Eco­nom­ics and oth­er part­ners to co-design a com­mu­ni­ty-based, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary mod­el of care for ado­les­cents with chron­ic pain. This will ensure ado­les­cents have bet­ter access to care in the com­mu­ni­ty and will act as a pilot that can be used nationally.

Low Back Pain Clin­i­cal Care Standard

We are also assist­ing the Safe­ty and Qual­i­ty Unit to iden­ti­fy oppor­tu­ni­ties to help hos­pi­tals meet the new Aus­tralian Com­mis­sion on Safe­ty and Qual­i­ty in Health Care’s Low Back Pain Clin­i­cal Care Stan­dard, which describes the stan­dard of care peo­ple with low back pain can expect to receive.

Upcom­ing Projects

Pain Man­age­ment for Old­er South Australians

We are explor­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve chron­ic pain care for old­er South Australians.

Hear from Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Anne Burke about the Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work as part of the 2022 CEIH Con­ver­sa­tion Series

Chron­ic Pain Statewide 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.

Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Goals

The Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work has been estab­lished to improve 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 and trans­par­ent shar­ing of data to bet­ter 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.

Chron­ic Pain Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Steer­ing Committee

Professor Anne Burke

Clinical and Health Psychologist

Anne is a reg­is­tered Psy­chol­o­gist with dual endorse­ment in the area of Clin­i­cal and Health Psy­chol­o­gy. With over 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the health ser­vice deliv­ery, she has a proven track record of ser­vice inno­va­tion and clin­i­cal­ly focussed research.

Anne is a Past Pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralian Pain Soci­ety (20192021) and a Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor with The Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide. She is also the Co-Direc­­­tor of Psy­chol­o­gy and Allied Health Lead — Sur­gery 3 in Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Network.

Anne has a strong inter­est in trans­la­tion­al research and is keen for health sys­tem infor­ma­tion to be lever­aged more effec­tive­ly to sup­port sus­tain­able improve­ments in health­care delivery.

Prof Anne Burke

Edu­ca­tion, (inter)national advo­ca­cy, psy­chol­o­gy, pub­lic ser­vices, research

Dr Jac­in­ta Johnson

Pri­ma­ry care, hos­pi­tal, med­ica­tion safe­ty, pharmacy

Dr Jack­ie Yeoh

Med­i­cine (gen­er­al prac­tice and hos­pi­tal liai­son), shared care

Ms Julianne Flower


Mr Marc Apolloni

Ade­laide Pri­ma­ry Health Network

Mr Mark Cox

Phys­io­ther­a­py, pri­vate ser­vices, psychology

Ms Mary Wing

Lived expe­ri­ence, pain sci­ence edu­ca­tion, sup­port groups advocacy

Dr Michael Findlay

Med­i­cine (addic­tion and pain), prison services

Dr Nic­ki Ferencz

WCHN Pae­di­atric Pain Ser­vice, psychology

Mr Noël Markham

SAL­HN Pain Ser­vice, physiotherapy

Ms Susan (Sue) Edwards

Nurs­ing, pain ser­vice coor­di­na­tion, rural

Dr Tim Semple

CAL­HN Pain Ser­vice, med­i­cine (anaes­thet­ics and pain)

Doc­u­ments and Addi­tion­al Information


Have a question?

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