Functional Rehabilitation Club (chronic pain management)

Chronic pain is estimated to affect 20 to 35% of children and adolescents. We aim to reduce the functional impacts of this on their lives.

Whilst relatively common, chronic pain remains an under diagnosed and under treated condition in children. Untreated chronic pain in children presents a high risk of pain and psychological disorders later in life. Chronic pain is a combination of biological processes, psychological factors, and sociocultural variables. Goals of functional rehabilitation intervention at Succeed Healthcare Solutions can include achieving a sustainable increase in function in personal, domestic, community, leisure, social and school/work domains. This can have a positive effect on mood, relationships, and self-belief.  The program consists of 12 x 1 hour sessions, with half an hour with the young person and half an hour with the carer present. 

Physical intervention  Psychological intervention 
Initial appointment 
Understanding physical pain including the role of Endorphins, Cortisol and the ‘Boom/Bust Cycle’  Exploring mood (ie. helpful/unhelpful thoughts and beliefs) 
Goal setting 
Activity diary  Explore Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (the link between thoughts, feelings and actions). 
Activity planner  Reframing unhelpful thoughts/beliefs 
Goal planning  Relaxation; sleep strategies (if needed) 
Planning for possible ‘flare ups’ 


Once initial goals are achieved, the cycle is repeated from goal setting onwards by formulating and addressing new goals as needed. 

The Occupational Therapist at Succeed Healthcare Solutions is a Medicare approved Better Access to Mental Health provider, who is able to provide guidance on physical and psychological components of chronic pain intervention. Our physiotherapist is also able to provide guidance on the techniques. Referrals to supporting practitioners such as Exercise Physiologists and Psychologists are able to be made on an as needed basis. Liaison with the treating doctor may be helpful as part of the process and will be discussed if needed. 

The program can be adapted to to focus on improving well-being in daily life, rather than on chronic pain. 

*Private hourly individual rate is $195. NDIS hourly individual rate is $193.99. Cost for the group Program of Support will average about $170 per hour including a complete customer experience tailored to your young persons' needs (break down of fee schedule to be provided upon enquiry).