A pain management service is a health care delivery facility staffed by physician and non-physician health care providers who specialise in the diagnosis and management of a variety of patients with painful conditions. The personnel attached to a pain management service should be able to assess and treat the medical, physical, and psychosocial aspects of patients with pain.
One physician and a psychiatrist or psychologist, should be involved in the operation of a pain management service.
At least 2 other non-physician health care disciplines should be involved in the operation of a pain management service. Such disciplines including nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, vocational counselling and others appropriate to the population being served. For those services in which analgesic procedures are performed, a registered nurse is mandatory.
There should be a director or coordinator of the multidisciplinary pain clinic. If that person is not a physician, there should be a medically trained person responsible for monitoring the medical services provided. That person should be a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists or be similarly qualified and experienced.
The pain management service should have designated space and adequate support staff to carry out its activities.
The pain management service should maintain records on its patients so as to be able to assess individual treatment outcomes and to evaluate overall program effectiveness.
The health care professionals involved in the operation of a pain management service should hold at least fortnightly multidisciplinary around table meetings concerning individual patients and the management programs offered in the service.