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Collaborative initiative set to improve aged care

Catholic Healthcare is excited to embark on a first-of-its-kind initiative with Mundipharma Pty Limited, a leader in chronic pain medication.

The PANACEA project - Pain Advocacy Nurse in Aged Care, for Education & Assessment is a Mundipharma led initiative which will review and assess Catholic Healthcare’s residential aged care services, in-line with the Australian Pain Society, Pain in residential aged care: Management strategies best practice guidelines.

“As people age, the incidence and prevalence of pain increases, and it can be difficult to assess the cause of pain and its severity in older people, particularly people living with dementia. It is an area of concern for aged care organisations, registered nurses and care staff who are providing care and support for the elderly”, said Anne Maree Hodgson, General Manager Residential Care.

As part of this initiative, Catholic Healthcare now has 14 registered nurses who were recently up-skilled as pain coordinators, in order to provide support across our residential aged care services. The program aims to ensure there is common language used around chronic pain and an efficient flow of information between carers and healthcare professionals.

The expected outcomes of the quality improvement program are to improve care for residents experiencing pain, enhance training and education for staff and increase empowerment of staff, including care workers, in regards to chronic pain management.

 “We are excited to be a part of this great initiative, particularly since this is the first collaborative quality improvement initiative between Mundipharma and an aged care organisation. We are constantly looking for ways we can improve our processes to care for our residents and up-skill our staff,” said Anne Maree Hodgson.

The program will explore six major themes around pain management strategies; pain identification, treatment strategies, pain management education, service resources and operational processes.

This initiative will ensure registered nurses are supported and upskilled as ‘pain coordinators’ with access to best practice guidelines, information and resources. The project will produce evidence-based data on the approach and management of chronic pain within Catholic Healthcare’s residential aged care services and analyse the current policies and procedures in keeping with best practice principles.


About Mundipharma Pty Limited 

Mundipharma is a member of a global network of independent associated companies which are engaged in research, development, production and marketing of prescription medicines and consumer healthcare products. Established as a leader in the development and provision of medicines for pain, they have expanded their portfolio to include treatments for cancer, glaucoma, asthma, burns, wounds as well as skin irritations. Working in partnership with healthcare professionals, Mundipharma has developed a number of initiatives to improve patient care and quality of life through education.

 All programs are developed in collaboration with key clinical opinion leaders and delivered to hundreds of healthcare professionals across Australia. The PANACEA™ program provides a service to assist aged care organisations with the implementation of best practice pain management guidelines in aged care. The program is designed to assist achieve improvements in identifying, assessing, and responding to chronic pain appropriately through a multimodal approach. It is offered at no cost to participating aged care groups.