Chronic pain is a common experience in Australia: about one-third of people experience chronic pain, and for some, pain is constant. In adults, pain can be caused by injuries, surgery, and medical conditions like arthritis and back problems. Chronic pain can impact on all areas of our life, and can also place strain on family members.
Managing pain can involve using medication, having physical and other therapies, and counselling. Having good coping skills can help people with chronic pain to get the most out of their life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you to develop helpful ways of thinking about pain and the impact on your life, and help you to manage how you feel and act on your pain.
How we can help
People Psychology Psychologists can help by teaching people more effective ways to understand pain, reduce anxiety, and develop positive coping skills to learn to live with pain and continue with other parts of your life.
Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. This scheme provides considerable financial assistance to people living with mental heath problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.
To access the Medicare Rebate, you need your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician to complete a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist.
You may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates immediately into your bank account when paying for your session by cash, credit card, EFTPOS or cheque at all People Psychology locations.