Case Studies:

  • Amy

    Amy | Student

    Amy is studying at a campus in the outer city. She enjoyed travelling with her best… Read More

  • Beth

    Beth | Woman

    Beth is 62 years old. She has had pain in both shoulders since her mid 40’s…. Read More

  • David

    David | Electrician

    David is a 38 year old Electrician. He gets pain at the end of the day… Read More

  • Fred

    Fred | Farmer

    Fred is a 48 year old Farmer with low back pain that increases after he walks… Read More

  • Sam

    Sam | Bank Manager

    Sam is a finance manager who works in the city. He uses the train (and bus)… Read More

Unravelling the puzzle of pain starts with the person with persistent pain becoming aware of the interlinking contributors that could be...Learn More

Unravelling the puzzle of pain starts with the person with persistent pain becoming aware of the interlinking contributors that could be injury pain, neuropathic pain, inflammatory pain and sometimes the interaction of the immune system(s).

WA Specialist Pain Services (WASPS) then links people with persistent pain to a range of co-ordinated options, that can include group based or individual learning to provide knowledge and skills to patients and their significant others...Learn More

WA Specialist Pain Services (WASPS) then links people with persistent pain to a range of co-ordinated options, that can include group based or individual learning to provide knowledge and skills to patients and their significant others.

It is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, with medications or procedures only representing one of the pieces a four, six or even eight piece jigsaw of Co-care implies co-ordinated, combined care between patients, their carer's and the health care professionals, a partnership in knowledge and skills for that unique individual..

The global things that can improve persistent low back pain and headache, as well as mood;...Learn More

The global things that can improve persistent low back pain and headache, as well as mood; and reduce heart attacks, cancer, and stroke, is a daily walk when you do up to 30-40 minutes per day.

This is a total, so whether you do 6 x 5 minutes in a day, or 3 x 10 minutes in a day, or 2 x 15 mins or one 30-40 minutes walk, the important thing is 'just do it”.. using pacing principles.

The management of pain is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, with medications or procedures only representing one of the pieces a four, six or even eight piece jigsaw of co-care options.

One of the pieces includes pacing your activities (chores, hobbies and jobs) ...

Some of our favourite examples are next to the cartoons at the top right hand side of this home page from Amy, Beth, David, Fred and Sam ...Learn More

The management of pain is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, with medications or procedures only representing one of the pieces a four, six or even eight piece jigsaw of co-care options.

One of the pieces includes pacing your activities (chores, hobbies and jobs); maintaining a paced daily walk, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, simple stretches and movements, and pain approach which is accepting the pain but reducing the fear and anxiety associated with significant pain and planning your life without letting the pain 'take-over'.

These principles are incorporated into programs, like hydrotherapy, yoga and Tai Chi.

Painful conditions are actually quite common....Learn More

Painful conditions are actually quite common, with a broad span of ages attending our pain services.

In Australia, it is estimated that 15% of children and adolescents have pain, then to 18% of those in their 20's to 60's; and then a slight rise in later years, 65 years and above. Our biggest group of patients are aged between 25 to 50 years old.

Back pain and leg pain is the commonest and about half the people we see have work related injuries (Workers Compensation) or related to motor vehicle accidents (Insurance Commission of WA). An uncommon but important painful condition to recognise is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) where early good advice is the key.

Bookings : by referral only. Private Insurance, Workers Compensation or ICWA (MVIT) required.

New Appointments – Needs to be organised for all new patients. Wait-time for new appointments – two to four weeks.

Bookings : Subsequent appointments : available via phone or on-line

Procedures : performed in main theatre with anaesthetic sedation

The PTQ can be emailed, posted, or completed as an on-line survey on the webtop www.researchaustralia.net.au (WRA)

You are given your WRA ID number with your postcode when you are given your first appointment date

On-line links to peer reviewed publications is available at www.mylibrary.net.au log-in and password is WASPS