About the Program
STEPS (Self Training Educative Pain Sessions) takes a broad approach to the self-management of chronic pain, focusing on education and empowering people living with chronic pain. Clients are taught strategies for active self – management and given the most up to date information on chronic pain from specialists in the field.
To be eligible for referral, patients need to:
- Have suffered from chronic pain for more than 3 months
- Be living or visiting a GP in the Perth north metro area
- Be suitable for participation in group education
- Agree to complete a pre-entry questionnaire to assist in the triaging process
- Be fluent enough in the English language to understand the written and spoken materials presented
- Exclusion criteria include clients with palliative cancer pain, clients who need an interpreter, or clients who are not able to participate in group-based education sessions for other reasons.
- Clients with a high dose of opioids, and those with probable dominant post herpetic neuralgia or diabetic neuropathy, may be seen by the Pain Team prior to admission to the STEPS sessions.
- Clients attend two group education sessions run by a psychologist, physiotherapist and pain specialist
- Clients are encouraged to adopt strategies learned in group sessions for a 3-6 week period
- Clients are invited to attend individual clinics to assess individual needs and receive advice on how to further implement their Pain Management Plan
- Clients can then return to their GP to discuss and implement their Pain Management Plan