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Chronic pain management by rural Gippsland primary healthcare practitioners

The majority of chronic pain management occurs in the primary care setting. In rural areas, there are often limited professional development opportunities for health professionals and access to pain management clinics for their patients. It is important to better understand the experiences and needs of primary healthcare professionals in the Gippsland region. This project aims to assess the experiences, training and challenges of rural chronic pain management. This project will involve a cross-sectional study, utilising a survey to ascertain the experiences, training and challenges of chronic pain management. It is hoped that information gathered would recommend and inform the future development of training and guidelines for best practice. Location is flexible, so long as the student has access to a computer and good internet access. This project could be undertaken mostly off-site. A recommendation would be to visit Bairnsdale for some critical components of the study, such as data collection. It is expected that this project would produce conference presentations and/or a journal publication.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
rural health, general practice, pain management, community health, health services, health workforce
School of Rural Health
Available options 
Masters by research
Graduate Diploma
Short projects
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
Laurea Atkinson

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