Western Health, in partnership with coHealth a local Community Health Centre, have secured funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a new a new Back Pain Assessment and Management Service (BAMS) to meet the high level of demand for back pain assessment at Western Health. This new service will complement the successful Physiotherapy-Led Neurosurgical Service that has been operating at Western Health since 2010 and will continue to operate throughout the pilot.
The BAMS service is based on a successful trial that was delivered between Royal Melbourne Hospital and Merri Community Services. The West of Melbourne is one of three pilots that were funded as replication sites for this successful program during 2016-2017.
The Back Pain Assessment and Management Service will be based at the coHealth Braybrook site on a Friday. This service provides early assessment of patients by a Western Health Rheumatologist and/or Western Health Advanced Scope of Practice Physiotherapist, working in conjunction with a cohealth physiotherapist
The introduction of this service will not change the existing referral process for patients with back and neck pain to Western Health. Referrals for these conditions will still need to be directed to the Neurosurgical Clinic and require a referral and a Back and Neck Questionnaire to be completed. This referral form is now available in a software compatible version and available to download here. Please refer to Melbourne HealthPathways at http://melbourne.healthpathways.org.au for guidance in assessing, managing and referring for patient conditions. Referrals that do not include adequate information for triaging, including the required minimum investigations as per the HealthPathways and www.westernhealth.org.au will be returned with a request for further information.
Patients who are currently on the waiting list for the Neurosurgical or Physio-led Neurosurgical Clinic who are triaged as appropriate for the BAMS clinic (based on stringent clinical guidelines and protocols) will be moved to the BAMS waiting list. This means that we will be able to offer patients an assessment earlier.
Patients and referrers will be sent communication letting them know that they or their patient have been placed on the waitlist for the BAMS clinic and will be notified of an appointment in due course.
For more information
If you have any questions about the service you can contact Western Health GP Integration on 8345 1735 or [email protected]wh.org.au.