Clinics & services

Managing pain

Managing pain

We care for and treat people who have acute, complex and persistent pain during their hospital stay, especially after surgery.

About us

Pain is complex. We often need to involve a team of specialists from different areas to treat it effectively.

We aim to empower you to take control of your pain. We work with other departments including Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Pyschology to develop a plan to manage your pain.

We see around 2000 patients every year following surgery. We also care for inpatients with complex pain.

Our services

We provide the following services:

  • Every day we review and manage pain for all inpatients that are referred to our service, including:
    • People with pain from having surgery
    • People with acute pain from non-surgical causes
    • People with complex or persistent pain issues.
  • Access to a pain specialist and pharmacist, who are available to assist with your pain management plan
  • Treatment using a range of approaches, including medication and psychological therapies 

Head of Unit

Dr Ilonka Meyer


For patients

You can only access this service when you are staying in hospital.

For health professionals

Find out how to refer your patient to the Chronic Pain Clinic.

Contact us

Inpatient Pain Service

Phone: 03 9496 3485

Fax:  03 9459 6421

Open hours: Monday to Friday 8am - 4.30pm


Level 2, Austin Hospital Tower
Austin Hospital
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg Victoria

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Postal address

Inpatient Pain Service
Department of Anaesthesia
Austin Health
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg Victoria 3084