For Referrers

Program Eligibility

Please refer to the following information when considering a referral to SKiP:

● Less than 18 years of age
● Has been experiencing persistent pain for over 3 months
● Medical investigations have ruled out red flags
● No major behavioural issues – e.g. aggression
● No major mental health issues (child and caregiver) e.g. high distress, safety issues
● Functional mobility and communication – program involves learning, group discussions and physical activities
● Independent in self-care

Caregivers/families should:

  • Be ready to make changes to their current situation
  • Be open to non-pharmacological approaches i.e. self-management 
  • Be willing to commit and support their child through the program
  • Have identified problems with their child’s functioning e.g. difficulties in school, daily activities, poor sleep, avoidance of movement and exercise. 
  • Have identified problems with their child’s mood e.g. sadness, irritability, withdrawal
  • Have the ability to travel to a SKiP venue if receiving services in-person (suburb of Tarragindi)
  • Have access to reliable internet, a computer/device, camera and speaker if receiving services via telehealth. 

Information Kit for Referrers

If you think your patient would be a suitable candidate for the program, please complete the referral form, attach relevant supporting information and provide your patient with a SKiP Information Sheet and Programs Calendar.  We have also developed an Information Sheet with FAQs to assist in your promotion. 

📂 SKiP Referral Form

📂 2024 Program Dates

📂 Support Kids in Pain Information Brochure

Referral Pathways

Referrals to our Brisbane programs are accepted via the following methods:

Fax: (07) 3262 4943
Post: PO Box 3045, South Brisbane BC QLD 4101

Please address all referrals to Dr Kathleen Cooke, Director, Support Kids in Pain.

Acceptable referral sources include:
● Public or Private Paediatrician/ Paediatrician Sub-Specialist
● Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Persistent Pain Service
● General Practitioner (GP)

If a specialist referral is supplied, we will request further information from a GP.

After participating in the SKiP program, each child will be given a pain management plan to implement at home with the support of their GP.

More information about the Program can also be found here: How to join a SKiP Program