Chronic pain affects one in five Australians, including children and adolescents, and one in three people over 65.

 

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The Complex Pain Service at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth has won a Premier's Award for empowering families and communities to help children with chronic pain.

 

Winning the 'Strengthening families and communities' category, the service was praised for its world-class clinical outcomes and significant cost savings in its first year of operation—including a 95 percent reduction in emergency department visits.

 

This has been attributed to its experienced interdisciplinary allied health team and the innovative PACE (Pain Activity and Coping Education) program, which gives young people and their families the tools to effectively manage pain.

 

The service says they leverage their input by building support networks for patients with parents, schools and health profesionals in their local areas.

 

Complex Pain Clinic Program Coordinator, Anna Hilyard says the award reflects the hard work and commitment of the complex pain clinic team.

 

"The team was honoured to be recognised with this prestigious award less than two years after the service was created," she said.

 

"I am extremely proud to be part of a team with such a professional and enthusiastic approach. It has allowed us to get this service up and running so quickly and effectively."

 

The Premier's Awards were established in 1996 to formally recognise and reward the achievement of excellence in management practice by WA public sector agencies.

 

View the profiles of Premier's Awards 2016 winners.

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