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Pain Rehabilitation Centre

at Princess Alexandra Hospital

The Metro South Pain Rehabilitation Centre is an outpatient service located at the Burke Street Centre.

It is a service within the Department of Rehabilitation at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The interdisciplinary team includes medical (pain medicine, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry), allied health (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, pharmacy), nursing and administrative staff.

About us

The Pain Rehabilitation Centre offers consultative, time-limited treatment and management advice. The service focusses on providing care to complex persistent pain patients who are willing and able to participate in a rehabilitative, multidisciplinary approach for the management of their pain. We expect patients to take an active role in learning rehabilitation strategies and self-mangement techniques.

Examples of treatment options include:

  • Medication reviews with a focus on medication safety and risk management
  • Management plans for General Practitioners (GPs) and other primary healthcare professionals
  • Individual and group-based allied health (psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy) and nursing interventions
  • Limited scope of pain relieving interventional procedures
  • Inpatient consultation service to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The Pain Rehabilitation Centre does not provide:

  • Scripts for drugs of dependence (e.g. opioids, benzodiazepines, medicinal marijuana)
  • Inpatient admission or inpatient pain management programs
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Intrathecal pumps (baclofen or opiates).

The Pain Rehabilitation Centre does not perform surgery to relieve pain. If surgical options are being sought, GPs are recommended to refer to an appropriate surgical service..


A GP referral is required for all patients to be seen at the service.

Due to the chronic, multidimensional and often complex nature of persistent pain, our clinic has adopted a model of service delivery whereby ongoing liaison with a patient's GP is a requirement for integrated and coordinated care. It is therefore important that a GP is aware of and in agreement with the need for a referral to the Pain Rehabilitation Centre as they will be a vital member of the healthcare team involved in the ongoing care of the patient.

The Pain Rehabilitation Centre provides care to people who live in the Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service catchments. For alternative locations, refer to the Queensland Health Persistent Pain Management Services.

Clinical Prioritisation Criteria have been developed for Referral to the Pain Rehabilitation Centre.

All referrals to the service must be received via the Metro South Health Central Referral Hub. Please see the Central Referral Hub for specific details on referrals processes.

Please note that following placement onto the waiting list, patients are required to confirm their interest in being seen by service by responding to an 'Opt in' process (completion of pen-paper questionnaire that is sent to the patient's address). Patients who do not respond via the 'Opt in' process are removed from the waiting list.

GP support

We offer a GP Hotline service that runs on a Tuesday and a Wednesday whereby GPs can speak directly with a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician for advice. GPs are able to access further details regarding the GP Hotline via the Pain Management Advice section of Brisbane South HealthPathways.


Resources for people with pain

Resources for clinicians


Ground Floor, Burke Street Centre
B2, 2 Burke Street
Woolloongabba Qld 4102
Phone: (07) 3176 1901
Fax: (07) 3176 3969

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Last updated 4 March 2024
Last reviewed 13 February 2023