Contribute to new FPM prof doc

We're inviting FPM fellows to help develop a new position statement on opioid management in patients with chronic non-cancer pain who have an intrathecal opioid delivery device in situ.

The question has arisen in an Australian jurisdiction of who should have the overall responsibility for intrathecal and oral opioid prescription in the same patient. At present, the faculty isn't able to provide guidance on this. We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from fellows to form a document development group (DDG) to produce a position statement on The responsibility of specialist pain medicine physicians for overall opioid management in patients with chronic non-cancer pain who have an intrathecal opioid delivery device in situ. We are seeking both procedural and non-procedural fellows to join this group, and especially from fellows from general practice.
 
The document PM06 Guidelines for Longterm Intrathecal Infusions (Analgesics/Adjuvants/ Antispasmodics) (that incorporated PM04 Guidelines for patient assessment and implantation of intrathecal catheters, ports and pumps for intrathecal therapy in 2013) was withdrawn in 2019 in favour of PS11 (PM) Procedures in pain medicine clinical care standard. It is expected that PM06 will be resurrected and form the basis of this new document.

What is a document development group?

The development and revision of professional documents is undertaken by a document development group (DDG) made up of fellows with expertise and knowledge aligned to the particular topic under review. DDG members collaborate via email and zoom at times that fit their schedules. The faculty has developed a process AP01 Policy for the development and review of professional documents which guides the DDG.

How to get involved

To find out more or to express an interest in this opportunity, please contact Penny McMorran at fpm@anzca.edu.au


Last updated 16:25 26.05.2021