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Medical Practitioners can refer to one of the individual StAMPS specialists or directly to StAMPS for triaging and appropriate specialist allocation.

There are four options for referring:

  1. Refer online
  2. Fax referral to 07 3834 4291
  3. Email referral to
  4. Post referral to:
    Andrew's War Memorial Hospita
    457 Wickham Tce
    Spring Hill
    Q 4001

Please ensure your patient brings all previous imaging to the first consultation.

For the steps above, please download:


Level 4
St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital
457 Wickham Tce
Spring Hill Q 4001

P 07 3834 4285
F 07 3834 4291

Pain and Medication Dependency

Until recently, the idea that medication dependency and pain problems could co-exist in the same patient was not recognised by health professionals.

At StAMPS, specialists in the areas of pain medicine and addiction medicine are now working collaboratively with assisting patients with very real pain conditions who also have co-morbidity related to medication dependency.

StAMPS is committed to taking a leadership role in the assessment, and where appropriate, the ongoing management of persons with pain and medication dependency.

The aim of our service is to take a balanced and evidence based view of the use of both prescription and over the counter medication in the treatment of chronic non-malignant pain. Patients with co-existing pain and medication dependency deserve expert assessment and management of both conditions to ensure optimal care. These patients can be managed as potentially either inpatients in the Pain & Dependency Unit or alternatively as outpatients. Those patients who may need inpatient stabilisation can be admitted to the St Andrew’s Pain & Dependency Unit.

The St Andrew’s Pain & Dependency Unit

The Pain and Dependency Unit is a six bed in patient unit that offers a supportive and empathetic environment for patients with chronic pain or comorbid substance dependency. On admission our specialists will develop an individualised program for the patient liaising with the specialised hospital team. Services offered to in patients include: face-to- face counselling sessions, physiotherapy, dietetics, occupational therapy and psychology as required.

Chronic pain programs 2016

St Andrew’s Multidisciplinary Pain Service runs two programs for chronic pain patients.

The main program is a four week ‘Persistent pain Program’ whereby participants attend two to three times a week for four weeks. The second program is an introductory pain education program with attendance over two days.

The dates for 2016 have been set and are provided below.

Both programs require a multidisciplinary assessment. Multiple days and sessions are available for assessment. Please contact the team for more information – 3834 4285.

Four week Persistent Pain Program
Program 1 2 Feb – 24 February 2016
Program 2 8 March – 30 March 2016
Program 3 5 April – 27 April 2016
Program 4 10 May – 1 June 2016
Program 5 14 June – 6 July 2016
Program 6 19 July – 9 August 2016
Program 7 23 August – 14 September 2016
Program 8 27 September – 19 October 2016
Program 9 1st November – 23 November 2016
Program 10 29 November – 21 December 2016

Two day StART Program
Program 1 1 & 2 March 2016
Program 2 3 & 4 May 2016
Program 3 7 & 8 June 2016
Program 4 12 & 13 July 2016
Program 5 16 & 17 August 2016
Program 6 25 & 26 October 2016

How to admit a patient

  1. The patient has private health insurance, pre-approved DVA status or is self funded
  2. Complete referral form