Pain Management Program

The Empower Pain Management Program is Northern Pain Centre’s intensive 3 week pain management program.  Empower aims to teach participants the principles of active self-management to assist them with both managing their pain and optimising their quality of life.

Our program is based on the latest clinical research and evidence-based techniques in chronic pain management.  In addition, our facilitators are a highly experienced pain management team including our Medical Director Dr Martine Holford, our clinical psychologist, physiotherapists and practice nurses.

The Empower Pain Management Program includes:

  • education about chronic pain neurophysiology, neuroplasticity and the impact of these on pain perception
  • psychological skills training to implement pacing, change unhelpful thought patterns, to improve goal-setting, flare-management and problem-solving abilities
  • training in strategies to address low mood, stress and anxiety
  • instruction in practical strategies to return to physical activity, daily tasks, work and previously enjoyed activities
  • supervised group-based exercise sessions, hydrotherapy, Tai Chi and Yoga sessions


Overall, the skills and strategies imparted during the Empower course will help participants to restore a sense of confidence in their ability to, with support, manage their pain more effectively and get back into life.  In addition, Empower Pain Management Program has a special emphasis on assisting injured workers to develop and implement a sustainable return to work plan.


Answers to FAQs

  • This program is currently available to participants funded by Workers Compensation, Third Party Insurers, DVA
  • Self-funded participants are eligible to attend.  Please ask our Program Co-ordinator for more details.
  • We accept direct referrals into the Empower Pain Management Program from external medical practitioners, such as your local doctor or another specialist.  Please ask our Program Co-ordinator for more details


Please contact the clinic and speak with our program coordinator.

T: 02 9439 6456
F: 02 9460 9230