Although in many cases there may be no cure for chronic pain, appropriate management can lead to better health outcomes.
It is very important to find a supportive and understanding GP, as they will be your primary point of contact for your pain condition. In collaboration with you, your GP can develop a Chronic Disease Management Plan. If you have associated mental health issues, you can also access help through a Mental Health Treatment Plan. The GP may also recommend consulting a specialist.
If your pain cannot be effectively managed by your GP, you may need to be referred to a specialist pain clinic that offers a multidisciplinary pain management program. Note there may be long wait times at clinics in public hospitals. Private pain clinics have shorter wait times but there is a fee.