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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Pain Management

The Burwood Pain Management Centre was established in February 1988. We provide an interdisciplinary approach that is tailored to meet the complex needs of individuals with chronic pain. Our aim is to restore functional ability and enable individuals to live as independently as possible despite their pain. Pain Management involves learning different ways of thinking and acting so that pain interferes less with life.

A self-management approach requires an individual to play an active role in their pain management and emphasises an improvement in quality of life and function, rather than a cure. Our Pain Management Centre team encompasses a wide range of health disciplines with extensive experience and knowledge in pain control methods, pain management strategies and programmes.

Our key objectives include:

  • To improve understanding of chronic pain
  • To maximise individual functioning and enhance quality of life
  • To reduce distress
  • To promote self-management to increase personal skills and productive activity
  • To reduce reliance on the use of medication and health care providers

Comments from past patients

"This centre is awesome. I feel so much better having understanding, explanations and treatment. I found it all to be so thorough, covering every aspect of my injury and pain. A grateful thank you. Staff have all been great."

"All staff very polite, sensitive and professional."

"Just wanted to say that the staff here are wonderful and put me totally at ease. They were professional but very friendly and polite. Thank you."

More information about pain management

Healthinfo Canterbury - Chronic pain​, FAQs about chronic pain, medications and treatment for chronic pain

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) 

Australian Pain Society (APS

American Pain Society (APS) 

European Federation of IASP Chapters 

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) of NZ 

Smoking Cessation 

The American Pain Foundation website in an online resource for people with pain, their families, friends, caregivers and the general public. This site devoted to patient information and advocacy and provides many links to additional resources.

National Pain Foundation- Treatment Options, Personal Pain Inventory, Personal Pain Journal, Links, Education, Support etc.


Page last updated: 10 September 2019

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