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Complex Pain Service


The Complex Pain Service consists of a paediatric pain medicine & palliative care specialist, paediatrician, child psychologist, child psychiatrist, physiotherapy services, pain nurse specialists and support for administration. The service provides outpatient care to children and teenagers with complex pain.

Clinics are run on a consistent basis and involve all members of the complex pain team. Initial appointments are held for 1.5hrs with follow up appointments of 30 minutes as needed.

Phone contact is maintained to all the complex pain patients and their families as well as to supporting community services. The consult liaison team and physiotherapy services within Starship see patients on a regular basis as outpatients.

There is a liaising role between the Acute Pain Service and Complex Pain Service to provide cover, support and advice for inpatient complex pain patients and their families.

Our Team

Dr Ross Drake Paediatric Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Specialist
Dr Rebecca Mairs Paediatrician
Georgena Small Paediatric Pain Nurse Specialist 
Kathryn Gawith Paediatric Physiotherapist
Clare Roberts Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Vimala Paul Team Support
Dr Leah Andrews Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Gerda Halstead Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Linda Chard Clinical Psychologist
Lotte Williams Clinical Psychologist


The Complex Pain Service has developed the following resource - The Pain Kete - covering different aspects of managing chronic pain in children and adolescents.

Click on the image below to download/view a pdf of the Pain Kete

Pain Kete