Treatments provided

Holistic Care

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.

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


  • Facet Joint Injection or Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Medial Branch Block or Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block or Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Occipital Nerve Block, Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy or Stimulation
  • Suprascapular Nerve Block or Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Intercostal Nerve Block or Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Cluneal Nerve Block, Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy or Stimulation
  • Epidural Injections
  • Ganglion Impar or Coccygeal Nerve Block
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Lumbar Sympathectomy
  • Trochanteric Bursa Injections
  • Peripheral Nerve Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy or Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation

Procedures are performed in the main operating theatres or in the cardiac catheter theatres at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. These are generally conducted under sedation provided by specialist anaesthetists, often with fluoroscopic guidance. Many procedures require admission for the day only. Patients should present at the front desk in the foyer to be admitted and directed appropriately.


The Persistent Pain Program

The Persistent Pain Program is suitable for patients who have been suffering from pain for three (3) months or more. Our team of doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists are experts in managing all forms of persistent pain. The Persistent Pain Program is an intensive four (4) week program, three (3) days per week on an outpatient basis.
The Persistent Pain Program includes:

  • Individual Multidisciplinary Assessment and Care Planning
  • Medication Rationalisation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness & Relaxation Techniques
  • Sleep Strategies & Management
  • Meditation
  • Sensory Retraining
  • Pain Physiology Education
  • Pacing & Graded Activity Exposure
  • Goal Setting
  • Individualised Exercise Program
  • Graded Motor Imagery including Laterality and Mirror-Box Therapy

START Program

The START pain education program is a two-day program that focuses on pain management strategies. It consists of education on pain physiology, the link between emotions and pain, an introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and pacing, an exercise program and an introduction to mindfulness and relaxation training. This program is suitable for people who cannot attend the four-week program but would benefit from persistent pain education.
The START Pain Education Program includes:

  • Education on pain physiology and the link between emotions and pain
  • An introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and pacing
  • An exercise program
  • An introduction to mindfulness and relaxation training

The START Pain Education Program, Persistent Pain Program and individualised therapy sessions are conducted by experienced therapists in our modern gymnasium and seminar rooms on Level 4 (up one level from the foyer).


Level 4
St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital
457 Wickham Tce
Spring Hill Q 4001
​T: 07 3834 4285
F: 07 3834 4291

2016: program dates

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