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
- 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 Information Sheet (with FAQs) (currently being updated – available soon)
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.