Chronic Pain is such a widespread problem in our society, yet it remains neglected compared ot other areas of medicine. Pain Australia has launched a campaign asking the Federal Government make pain a national health priority. They intend to do this by implementing the ‘National Pain Strategy’, a framework for assessing, treating and managing pain in patients nation-wide.
For more information, read the campaign summary below or visit their website at http://www.campaignforpain.org.au/
CALL TO ACTION
“We are asking all political parties to adopt the recommendations of the National Pain Strategy and to designate pain as a national health priority and recognise chronic pain as a chronic disease, managed within a framework which embraces:
- Leadership and coordination of a national approach to provide integrated pain management services, building on the work being done by state governments, private sector providers, Medicare Locals and Local Hospital Networks.
- Access to quality pain services for all Australians including people in rural, regional and remote areas, indigenous and socio-economically disadvantaged communities, children, older Australians and people with mental illness.
- Access to pain management education and training for health professionals in particular as it relates to early intervention, multidisciplinary team practice and the use of opioid medications.
- A public awareness campaign to address discrimination, misunderstanding and stigmatisation of people with pain within the community, including in the workplace and in welfare and compensation systems.
- Funding to provide community support services including consumer information, self- management education and telephone support (crisis help line).
- The development of a national research agenda to address gaps in knowledge about chronic pain and improve clinical practice in pain management.”
Campaign For Pain by Pain Australia