Opioid Stewardship

One of the main ways to support patients and GPs is by assessing and advising people with chronic pain about pain management. The PBS has suggested that patients taking opioid medication for chronic non-cancer pain, be reviewed by a specialist annually. “Opioid stewardship is all about safe deprescribing.” says Dr David Skalicky. “The PBS regulations are in place to reduce the amount of opioid taken in the community, which is a positive public health initiative. Patients usually feel better taking a little less opioids.” “Often Mindfulness, CBT, gentle excercise or other forms of active management, take the place of stronger … Continue reading Opioid Stewardship

Chronic Pain Management by Telehealth

Chronic Pain management requires a consultation from a physician which covers medical, physical and social aspects of impairment. Often there is interplay between all three areas. For example, patients who are parents may be have exacerbations of chronic pain when parenting of children becomes more physically or emotionally demanding. Work changes can lead to sleep disruption which may make back pain worse. TelePain Medical is a telehealth service from Dr Skalicky for patients living with chronic pain, and their GPs. It follows a successful pilot of a Telehealth Clinic for patients with chronic and complex non-cancer pain over the last … Continue reading Chronic Pain Management by Telehealth

Back Skills Training (BEST) – Oxford University

For people living with chronic Back Pain, finding ways to manage are a challenge. “Pain education programs, empower people to live a little easier with their pain.” says Dr David Skalicky. One option for self-paced education is the Back Skills Training (BEST) program, out of Oxford University, UK. This education program was evaluated in a clinical trial in 2012 with favorable, lasting results. The program is available for free as a self-paced module online, or available under Medicare at TelePain Medical. Continue reading Back Skills Training (BEST) – Oxford University

TelePain Medical

Following a successful pilot of a Telehealth Clinic for patients with chronic and complex non-cancer pain over the last three months, during COVID-19 restrictions, in the Illawarra region, Dr David Skalicky has founded a bulk-billed TelePain Medicine service. Across Australia, with offices in Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, TelePain Medical provides Telehealth Pain management programs for rural and Aboriginal clients. All new referrals are seen by David. Dr Skalicky provides a biopsychosocial assessment of the person and their pain, review medications, and direct therapy, favouring online Pain Management resources. Ongoing written feedback will be provided to the patient and the referring … Continue reading TelePain Medical

Opioid Medication Information Video

Are you considering starting opioid medication for management of chronic pain? There are a few things to consider before you start opioid medicines like buprenorphine, oxycodone, oxycontin. Take five minutes to view this informative video from the National Prescribing Service and Faculty of Pain Medicine. Even if you are a patient who has been taking opioids for a while, this video may answer a few of your questions like: “Why am I still in pain?” “Am I getting side-effects from the opioid medications?” Thank you NPS & FPM for creating this video! Continue reading Opioid Medication Information Video

Dr Skalicky receives Specialist Re-Accreditation at POWP & Wolper Jewish Hospitals

Every few years specialist physicians are required to re-accredit at their treating hospitals. The re-accreditation reassesses recent performance and professional compliance. Dr David Skalicky would like to thank the Board and Management teams at Wolper Jewish Hospital and Prince of Wales Private Hospital, for his re-accreditation with full admitting and treating rights to both hospitals for 5 and 2 years respectively. Continue reading Dr Skalicky receives Specialist Re-Accreditation at POWP & Wolper Jewish Hospitals

Telehealth Consultations from Dr Skalicky

Introducing Dr David Skalicky’s bulk-billed Telehealth, Specialist Rehabilitation Physician consultation service, from our Sydney rooms, in Randwick.   Dr Skalicky is an experienced rehabilitation physician with an interest in pain management and aged care rehabilitation.   He has been the visiting rehabilitation physician to the Bega Valley for four years, and is supported by the NSW Rural Doctors Network.    Dr Skalicky is an accredited teacher of medical students and rehabilitation trainees with UNSW at St Vincent’s Clinical School, and the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Please fax your patient’s referral to (02) 85809260 and our experienced staff will arrange the consultation. Continue reading Telehealth Consultations from Dr Skalicky

Recovering after Spinal Surgery

“Many people benefit from Rehabilitation after Spinal Surgery” says Dr David Skalicky, Rehabilitation Physician. “A Spinal Surgeon, may recommend surgery for degenerative disease in the Spine.” “Prior to surgery, people may experience pain, and decreased mobility, so they are starting their recovery well below their baseline.” “Rehabilitation programs following spinal surgery closely follow the Surgeon’s protocols, and often involve gentle ambulation under the supervision of a Physiotherapist.” Dr Skalicky admits patients Wolper Jewish Hospital in Sydney, for Rehabilitation after Spinal Surgery. Continue reading Recovering after Spinal Surgery