For Health Practitioners

Queensand Pelvic Pain Network (QPPN)

Queensland Pelvic Pain Network (QPPN) is a networking resource for improved persistent pelvic pain outcomes. QPPN supports appropriate referral networks and professional development and education.

QPPN provides both formal and informal events to facilitate connections between like-minded clinicians to expand interdisciplinary referral networks. Members currently enjoy informal events and quarterly newsletters advertising network dinners, professional development opportunities and interviews introducing members and their professions’ contribution to pelvic pain management.

Members of QPPN are client-centred, evidence-based and have further training and interest in persistent pain and/or pelvic pain. Membership is currently free.


History

QPPN developed from Queensland’s first public Persistent Pelvic Pain Clinic at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane whose research demonstrated the effectiveness of multidisciplinary care for pelvic pain. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajo.13358

QPPN has grown to more than 180 members state wide and supports referrals between primary physicians, specialists and allied health. 

Membership spans:

  • Specialist urogynaecology
  • Advanced laparoscopic gynaecology
  • Pain Medicine and anaesthesia
  • Colorectal surgery 
  • Gastroenterology
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Nursing
  • Allied health, including:
    • Psychology
    • Physiotherapy (pelvic health and pain)
    • Dietetics and nutrition
    • Osteopathy
    • Exercise Physiology

Regional networks for QPPN are growing and hosting regional network dinners to improve access to care, better representation of regional concerns and increased collaboration between referrers.

Values

QPPN is a grassroots, non-profit, volunteer run organisation with the purpose of improving interprofessional referrals, advocacy and education for Persistent Pelvic Pain. The members of QPPN share the vision of PPFA to care for both sides of the consultation desk to ensure positive care for patients and sustainability of practice for clinicians. This promotion of clinician sustainability includes

  1. Better understanding of each professions’ contribution to Persistent Pelvic Pain care,
  2. Better understanding of the range of referral options in each region
  3. Better connection between referrers for more open dialogue and patient care
  4. Access to professional development delivered by clinicians who understand the pressures of practice, informed by cutting edge research in pelvic pain.

 

QPPN also works to increase members’ involvement in pelvic pain research opportunities and promote mentoring opportunities between clinicians.

Become Involved

Your interest is welcomed. We are seeking clinicians wanting to champion their local region in rural areas, as well as more members who want to connect with like-minded clinicians.