If any of the following are present or suspected, please refer the patient to the emergency department (via ambulance if necessary) or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.
Adult persistent pain
Paediatric persistent pain
Before referring to a persistent pain service please consider the following:
Investigations as listed below depending on the reason for referral. Please refer to Choosing Wisely Australia to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures
Headaches/Cranial Nerve Pain
Chronic visceral pain
Chronic pelvic pain
Musculoskeletal pain/osteoporosis/chronic high dose opioids:
Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be streamed to an associated public allied health and/or nursing service. Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated public allied health and/or nursing, which may either facilitate or negate the need to see the public medical specialist.
A change in patient circumstance (such as condition deteriorating, or becoming pregnant) may affect the urgency categorisation and should be communicated as soon as possible.
Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.