Pain rehabilitation

Do you suffer from chronic pain or persistent pain? Pain rehabilitation could help you manage pain that has lasted longer than it should.

Epworth provides a pain rehabilitation program to help you understand and manage pain, change your thinking and give you the tools to get back in control and move forward with a more values-driven life.

There are many dimensions to treating pain, which requires a team working together with you to effectively manage it on all fronts. Through our program you will be supported by pain doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and dietitians.

Watch this video to learn about the role every member of the team plays in helping you manage pain.

The pain program is for people who:

  • have any pain which has lasted longer than three months
  • have any pain that has not responded to physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy or surgery
  • have physically deteriorated in strength, fitness, freedom of movement or independence in every day activities
  • have been unable to return to work or who are having trouble returning to work
  • may have feelings of frustration, anger, helplessness, or grief in relation to their situation
  • have tried a variety of medications that have not reduced the pain.

Pain conditions we can help you with:

  • Lower back pain, with or without leg pain
  • Neck pain with or without arm pain, and including whiplash associated disorders
  • Persistent headaches and facial pain
  • Neuropathic (and neuropathic-like) pain
  • Other persistent joint pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Arthritis including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Phantom limb pain and other pains associated with amputation.

Why participate in a pain rehabilitation program?

Outcomes from a pain management program may include:

  • a better understanding of pain and why you are still experiencing it
  • improve ability to self-manage persistent pain
  • improve engagement in exercise
  • improve ability to manage everyday activity
  • guidance with return to relevant work or productive activity
  • improve capacity to manage mood and sleep disturbance.

This program will help you learn the tools and techniques to manage the onset of pain to help you achieve your daily goals. Sometimes an outcome of ‘pain free’ is not possible and the outcomes of the program may instead help to decrease your pain levels. This will depend on your individual situation and participation in the program.

The biggest factor of success in any pain program is your participation. While our team is here to support you every step of the way, it is vital for you to be ready for change, engage with the rehabilitation program, and take charge of your health.

About our program 

You will participate in an individual or group-based program tailored to your needs. The program encompasses psychological, physical and activity-based approaches that include learning about pain and ways to help manage it, along with practical and physical exercise sessions to improve skills and physical tolerances.

A typical program will cover:

  • pain education
  • medication management and specialist support
  • safe and graded physical exercise and activity
  • psychological-based interventions
  • development of active self-management strategies
  • relaxation
  • return to work support and planning
  • hydrotherapy
  • long-term goal setting and follow-up.

Program process

  1. Epworth receives a referral by your GP or specialist
  2. Assessment with an Epworth rehabilitation physician or pain physician.
  3. Assessment and goal setting meeting by the treating team (physiotherapist, occupational therapist and psychiatrist) to discuss your program development
  4. Program commences if appropriate for up to 12 weeks
  5. Review with an Epworth specialist within six months after completion of the program.


Epworth Rehabilitation has funding agreements for rehabilitation with most private health funds (through hospitals cover) as well as TAC, WorkSafe and Veterans’ Affairs. Alternatively, patients can opt to self-fund. ​​​​​

Our administration staff will be able to discuss this with you and check your level of coverage and funding entitlements.

Worksafe/TAC Network Pain Alliance

Epworth Rehabilitation is part of the Worksafe/TAC Network Pain Alliance. This means we are a preferred provider and can deliver flexible pain management programs with much shorter waiting periods.

Referrals and enquiries:

A doctor’s referral to an Epworth Geelong Rehabilitation Physician is required for entry into this program.

For further information, please contact the outpatient rehabilitation team at Epworth Geelong:

Phone: 03 5271 7055
Fax: 03 5271 7068