Acute pain recovery journey consultation

Acute pain recovery journey consultation

05 February, 2021

A recent report from the Australia Prevention Partnership Centre concluded that opportunities to prevent subacute pain from transitioning to chronic pain are sometimes missed in the primary care setting.1

Access to multidisciplinary care, improving consumer health literacy, and care navigation were identified as areas for potential improvements.

What’s happening in Eastern Melbourne?

In response, Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) is undertaking a rapid contextual mapping of pain recovery services in the primary care domain to inform recommendations for future investment.

EMPHN wants to understand:

  • service entry points, failure points, and service gaps for consumers at risk of progressing to chronic pain (post-surgery, post-trauma or post-diagnosis of pain-related conditions).

This includes, for example, feedback on navigating the primary health system, medication management for pain, awareness of services and referral pathways, as well as ability to seek local support.

The process

Larter Consulting has been engaged to undertake a consultation to identify experiences and perceptions of the patient recovery journey during the 6 to 12 weeks after an acute pain event.

We want to hear from:

  • consumers and patients (for example, post-surgery, post-trauma or post-diagnosis of pain-related conditions)
  • GPs and nurses
  • pain clinicians including multidisciplinary pain recovery services.

We invite you to share your insights (what works, what is not working) and recommendations for improvement to inform recommendations to EMPHN for next steps.

You can:


The consultation is open 1 February 2021 – 18 March 2021.

Project contacts

EMPHN lead

Susan Rice, Lead Sector Capacity & After Hours, 0419 475 855,

Lead consultant

Jo Grzelinska, Principal Consultant, 0418 595 781,

Please email or SMS 0418 595 781 to arrange brief telephone interview.

1 Secondary prevention of chronic pain. Rapid review and mapping of options for Primary Health Networks. The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (Sax Institute), October 2019.