A new pilot project to deliver telehealth meetings that provide multidisciplinary assessment and treatment for aged care residents with chronic non-cancer and cancer pain gets under way this month.

The Hunter Integrated Pain Service at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle has invited Anglican Care to participate in the pilot, which aims to set up referral criteria and pathways, identify the need for pain management in the elderly, reduce polypharmacy, identify mental health issues and co-morbidities that impact on pain and provide an educational component.

The health care team comprises psychogeriatricians, physiotherapists, GPs, nursing staff, liaison psychiatry and pain medicine.

Anglican Care CEO,  Colin Osborne described the pilot as an exciting opportunity for the organisation and its residents.

The project will be starting in February 2017 and will run for 12 months.