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Improving the management of chronic non-malignant pain and reducing problems associated with prescription opioids

Alex D Wodak, Milton L Cohen, Malcolm D H Dobbin, Richard A Hallinan and Mary Osborn
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (6): 302-303.

New guidelines and a multidisciplinary approach have the potential to help patients in need while minimising inappropriate use of opioids

Alex D Wodak, FRACP, FAChAM, FAFPHM, Director, Alcohol and Drug Service1
Milton L Cohen, MD, FRACP, FFPMANZCA, Pain Physician1
Malcolm D H Dobbin, PhD, FAFPHM, MPH, Senior Medical Adviser (Alcohol and Drugs)2
Richard A Hallinan, BMed, FAChAM, Addiction Physician3
Mary Osborn, MPubHlth, Senior Policy Officer4
1 St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
2 Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Melbourne, VIC.
3 Byrne Surgery, Redfern, Sydney, NSW.
4 Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, NSW.
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