About HIPS


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HIPS Programs brochure 

Clinical services

Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS) provides education, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment groups for people experiencing chronic non-cancer and cancer pain.

The Acute Pain Service at John Hunter Hospital is linked to HIPS and manages post-operative and post-trauma pain.

HIPS also works collaboratively with the Complex Paediatric Pain Team at John Hunter Children's Hospital and the Palliative Care team at the Newcastle Calvary Mater Hospital.

The HIPS team includes clerical, nursing, physiotherapy and psychology staff, along with doctors from anaesthesia, liaison psychiatry and pain medicine.

HIPS Education Day_2019.JPGReferral

HIPS provides a referral service for the Hunter New England region. Referral to HIPS requires a Medical Referral from GP or Specialist.  Medical referrals should be faxed to 4922 3893

Doctors currently working with Hunter Integrated Pain Service are:

  • Dr Chris Hayes (Specialist Pain Medicine Physician)
  • Dr Andrew Powell (Specialist Pain Medicine Physician)
  • Dr Mark Davies (Anaesthetist/Interventional pain medicine)
  • Dr Hema Rajappa (Specialist Pain Medicine Physician)
  • Dr Matthew Pols (Liaison Psychiatrist)

HIPS history

A co-ordinated approach to pain management in the public hospital system in Newcastle began with the establishment of the Acute Pain Service at John Hunter Hospital in 1993. The main focus was treatment of pain related to surgery and trauma. However, it soon became apparent that there was a need to expand the scope of the service to address other types of pain.

Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS) was set up in 1997 to provide multidisciplinary care to people with chronic non-cancer and cancer pain. HIPS multidisciplinary team was based at Royal Newcastle Hospital and the major focus was chronic non-cancer pain. A procedural service for cancer pain was set up in collaboration with the Palliative Care team at Newcastle Calvary Mater Hospital. Collaboration continued with the Acute Pain Service at the John Hunter Hospital to provide early intervention in high risk groups to reduce progression to chronic pain.

From 1997 until early 2006, HIPS provided services to John Hunter Hospital and Newcastle Calvary Mater Hospitals from the Royal Newcastle Hospital base. In April 2006 HIPS moved with many other Royal Newcastle Hospital services to the John Hunter Campus.