As many of you would be aware, Pain Australia is a national not-for-profit body established to improve the treatment and management of pain in Australia.
We’ve recently jumped on board as a supporting member of Pain Australia and part of that support means that we’re keen to help spread the word about some of the very positive work that Pain Australia does.
Case in point is their most recent initiative, the Campaign for Pain, which was recently launched in an effort to encourage the Federal government to adopt the recommendations of the National Pain Strategy, which aims to make pain a national health priority.
According to Pain Australia, One in five Australians, including children and adolescents, will suffer chronic pain in their lifetime and up to 80 per cent of people living with chronic pain are missing out on treatment that could improve their health and quality of life. The High Price of Pain report, conducted by Access Economics in collaboration with the MBF Foundation and the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute, estimated that chronic pain costs the Australian economy $34 billion per annum and is the nation’s third most costly health problem. Yet a person with chronic pain faces the following:
• Their condition is not officially recognised as a disease or a public health issue
• Their family, friends, employers, schools and health professionals will often not believe they are in pain
• Many health professionals will have received little or no training in how to treat their condition
• They may have to wait more than a year for an appointment at a service that can help them
• They have little access to community-based support
• Their productivity at work may be lowered, which frequently leads to unemployment and impoverishment
• They are personally likely to carry more than half the total economic cost”. (Source: http://www.painaustralia.org.au/)
As fellow allied health professionals, we’re pretty sure that you too would have a good understanding of the impact that chronic pain has on your patients’ lives, so if you’d like to join us in supporting Pain Australia‘s Campaign for Pain then we encourage you to get on board.
How can you help?
- Recommend the Campaign For Pain website via Facebook
- Post a petition message on your local MP’s Facebook page Find their Facebook page
- Share the campaign video with your friends
- Add the ‘Campaign for Pain’ Profile Picture or Cover Image to your Facebook profile to show your support and raise awareness (click here to access logos)
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