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Waiting in pain: a systematic investigation into the provision of persistent pain services in Australia

Med J Aust 2012; 196 (6): 386-390. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10140
  • Malcolm N Hogg1,2
  • Stephen Gibson3,2
  • Amal Helou4
  • Jacklyn DeGabriele5
  • Michael J Farrell6

  • 1 Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Australian Pain Society, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 National Ageing Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Pain Management Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 5 Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 6 Florey Neurosciences Institute, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: malcolm.hogg@mh.org.au

Acknowledgements: 

We, on behalf of the APS, thank all the participating services. Jacklyn DeGabriele’s participation was supported by a grant from the APS and the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Competing interests:

Malcolm Hogg and his employer have received honoraria for GP education services and advisory board participation from Mundipharma and Janssen-Cilag. The APS receives sponsorship for its Annual Scientific Meeting and Research Scholarship Program from a range of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. These include Mundipharma, Janssen-Cilag, Pfizer Australia, and Medtronic Australasia.

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