"It is unacceptable to have 50 percent of cancer patients
following surgery or trauma unable to receive effective pain relief."
- Professor Michael Cousins AM, Chair National Pain Strategy
Painaustralia is strongly focused on advocating for improved pain services to improve the lives of people living with pain. Our submissions, presented in collaboration with other organisations, have had positive outcomes for people living with pain.
National Disability Insurance Scheme Rules - SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED
The Australian Government has released a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Consultation Paper on the Rules, that explains in detail how the NDIS will operate.
The purpose of this Consultation Paper is to explain what will be covered in the NDIS Rules and to seek feedback. There is an opportunity for Painaustralia and other interested parties to comment on this.
Our aim would be to ensure that people with chronic pain and no visible disability will be adequately covered by the NDIS.
Submissions for comment and feedback opened on 1 February 2013 and will close 1 March 2013.
The NDIS Consultation Paper on the Rules is available here.
New Disability Support Pension (DSP) Impairment Tables
The new DSP Impairment Tables released by the Department of Families Housing, Community Services and Indiginous Affairs (FaHCSIA) in January 2012 have taken into account a submission made by Painaustralia during their review last year.
The Painaustralia submission called for changes to the way that chronic pain conditions are assessed and acknowledgement that chronic pain is not simply a symptom but can become a chronic disease in its own right.
The revised tables ensure that all people with chronic pain and a genuine need for support, can qualify for the Disability Support Pension. The changes also represent a step towards the de-stigmatisation of chronic pain and the creation of a system that supports and affirms the rights of people living with pain.
Painaustralia was also invited to nominate a Pain Management Specialist to act as an official advisor to the Departments' Health Professional Advisory Unit and we are pleased that Associate Professor Milton Cohen has undertaken this role.
- Guidelines to the Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for DSP (from 1 January 2012)
- Social Security (Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for Disability Support Pension) Determination 2011
The Guide to the Impairment Tables used prior to 01/01/2012
- A Guide to the Tables for the Assessment of Work-Related Impairment for DSP (prior to 1 January 2012)
- Schedule 1B Tables for the assessment of work-related impairment for disability support pension
Painaustralia contributed to the successful campaign led by the Consumers Health Forum, to restore the integrity and independence of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schene following the controversial deferral of essential medicines from the PBS, in 2011.
Painaustralia joined with Cancer Voices and other groups to help reverse the Federal Governement's proposed changes to the Prostheses List that would have seen infusion pumps used to deliver pain medicines removed from the list.
The Health Department has confirmed that no changes would be made without further consultation.