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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Funding relief for persistent pain

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    Funding relief for persistent pain

    Health Minister Cameron Dick today announced a boost in funds for a statewide paediatric pain service based at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

    Making the announcement during National Pain Week (20-26 July), Mr Dick said $1.7 million would be for provided to Children’s Health Queensland over the next three years.

    “Unlike a broken leg, persistent or chronic pain can be debilitating for months or even years, with studies showing up to 30 per cent of children will suffer chronic pain in their lives," he said.

    “This equates to over 100,000 Queensland children at direct risk.”

    Chronic pain is defined as a pain lasting more than three months, and is often related to other sicknesses. Among children, it is more common in girls than boys.

    It can often be found among cancer survivors and those who have had major surgery and can include musculoskeletal pain, headaches and recurrent abdominal pain.

    If left untreated, this places a significant pressure on children and their families at a time that is important for development into a healthy adulthood.

    “This new, dedicated funding will broaden the existing pain service and enable the hospital to act as a dedicated statewide hub with capability to support regional services,” Mr Dick said.

    Mr Dick said the extra funding aimed specifically at Children’s Health helped meet the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitment to develop a statewide Persistent Pain Management Strategy.

    “This pain management strategy will be prepared in consultation with health consumers, our Hospital and Health Services, and primary care and community organisations,” he said.

    “This consultation will be vital in allowing us to review whether the existing services are meeting the needs of Queensland patients, as well as identifying any gaps where services are needed.

    “It is expected that a final evaluation report with recommendations will be provided in the next six months.”

    The formulation of the strategy will be led by Dr Julia Fleming from Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Dr Tania Morris from the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

    There are currently five sites in Queensland outside the LCCH that provide dedicated pain management services – the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Nambour Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Robina Hospital.

    These services were established following a 2010-11 State Budget commitment by the Labor government to provide $39.1 million over four years for the staged implementation of persistent pain service network services across Queensland.

    “Today’s additional funds for paediatric pain service builds on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to delivering health services for all Queenslanders,” Mr Dick said.


    Media contact: Andrew Fraser 0428 690 679