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About The Cabrini Persistent Pain Program

The Cabrini Persistent Pain Program is an outpatient rehabilitation service that specialises in the management of complex and difficult to treat pain. The overall goal is to help you reduce the severity and impact of your pain and improve your ability to do the activities that you value. This can improve your quality of life and overall happiness.

We can help you with:

  • Lower back, sciatic or pelvic pain
  • Neck pain or neck-related arm pain including whiplash
  • Persistent headaches and/or jaw pain
  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic or nerve pain
  • Other persistent joint pain
  • Post-surgical pain

Referral Form

  • General enquiries


    (03) 9508 1455
  • Referrals

    Please ask your GP to provide you with a referral to our service.

    We will require a referral for your patient to access our program. We welcome patients at any stage of their disease.

    If you would like to discuss a referral please feel free to contact us directly on (03) 9508 1700.

Who is the program for?

The persistent pain program is suitable for people with long-standing or recurrent pain that extends beyond normal healing times. The pain may not respond as expected to physiotherapy, chiropractic or surgery and as time goes on it maybe impacting on you emotionally, socially and economically.

Research indicates the best treatment for persistent pain is a team-based approach. The Cabrini Persistent Pain Program consists of a team of experts in persistent pain who can work with you to develop a successful management plan.

The overall goal is to help you reduce your pain and improve your ability to do the activities that you value. This can improve your quality of life and overall happiness.

How does the program work?

The program will involve you attending appointments at our rehabilitation site twice weekly for several weeks.

  • At these appointments you will participate in an individually tailored and functional exercise program alongside other people with persistent pain.
  • You will also learn information important in empowering and supporting you to effectively manage your pain.
  • You may also have individual sessions with members of our persistent pain team as needed.

The team will monitor your progress using evidence-based assessments and will review and modify your program as required.

A multi-disciplinary team

We believe in a team-based approach to effectively manage persistent pain.

Our multi-disciplinary team consists of a wide range of allied health professionals including:

  • Rehabilitation consultant specialising in pain management
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Health psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Dietitian
  • Neuropsychologist

You are able to participate in an individual or group-based program as you require.

An elderly patient is being treated by a physiotherapist as part of Cabrini's persistent pain program

Referral and assessment process

Please ask your GP to provide you with a referral to our service.

For any questions about the program you can contact us on (03) 9508 1700.

Referral form

  1. Cabrini receives a referral from your GP or specialist
  2. Initial assessment with our rehabilitation or pain physician
  3. Initial assessment and goal setting by allied health team
  4. Program development based on your preferences and key issues identified
  5. Commencement of the program

Private Health Cover

Cabrini Outpatient Rehabilitation has funding agreements for rehabilitation with most private health funds as well as TAC, WorkSafe and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Cabrini patient administration will provide information about any out of pocket fees and the range of services as requested.