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 "Older people with chronic pain may have mobility problems and cognitive impairment, and people with chronic pain generally are at risk of comorbid mental illness, social isolation, family breakdown and loss of income as a direct result of their pain."

- National Pain Strategy, 2010


Understanding Pain What to do about it in less than five minutes







This video will enable people with chronic pain access to a self-management tool that will help them manage the impacts of chronic pain on their functioning, emotions and interpersonal relationships and will help in the adherence to pain management plans.                                                                                                  



Understanding Pain: Brainman stops his opioids



Following his award winning performance in "Understanding Pain and What to do about it in less than five minutes" Brainman is back in two new films.



Pain: Lower Back Pain


  All of us will face lower back pain at some point in our lives. However, for some people even though the injury in their back has healed, pain continues. This can be due to outside influences on our lives or the fact that the initial pain from the injury has changed systems in our brain and spinal cord. 



How does your brain respond to pain? - Karen D. Davis


     Ouch! Everyone experiences pain -- but why do some people react to the same painful stimulus in different ways? And what exactly is pain, anyway? Karen D. Davis walks you through your brain on pain, illuminating why the "pain experience" differs from person to person.



Pain: Acute & Chronic


    Professor Stephan Schug looks at acute and chronic pain emphasising the different treatment approaches, the importance of exercise in combating chronic pain and the benefits of a holistic approach to treatment 



Key points for managing chronic pain




Dr Malcolm Hogg discusses assessing and managing a person with chronic non-cancer pain – a multidimensional, person-centred, individualised biopsychosocial strategy – NPS MedicineWise



Dr Malcolm Hogg talks key facts to know about use of opioids and non-pharmacological options in managing chronic non-cancer pain – NPS MedicineWise 



Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain



The following video was prepared for Women's Health Queensland Wide in April 2015. It features Dr Susan Evans discussing Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain. 



  Endometriosis, it's a big deal

Endometriosis New Zealand is excited to share their March Awareness 2012 campaign with you.

Click on the picture to watch the video.



Nerve Pain


  Nerve Pain Symptoms
  Understanding Nerve Pain - Michael Clarke
   Michael Clarke's Pain Journey






Elliot Krane: The Mystery of Chronic Pain

We think of pain as a symptom, but there are cases where the nervous system develops feedback loops and pain becomes a terrifying disease in itself. 


Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief

For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick — pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously — and transformed the lives of millions.



BBC Horizon 2011 The Secret World of Pain


  For most of us, pain as a concept is something that we don't spare a second thought: you stub your toe; it hurts for a bit, then it subsides. But for scientists, the experience of pain makes for fascinating study and an understanding of it can potentially unlock new methods of treatment and pain relief.Horizon reveals the latest research into pain and the breakthroughs that have been made, through studies on everyone from a woman in London who has felt no pain in her entire life, to a man in the US who cut off his own arm to survive, after it became lodged in a furnace.



Overcoming Cancer Pain: A Guide For People with Cancer, Their Families & Friends



Cancer pain can be challenging but there are ways to manage it. Overcoming Cancer Pain covers issues such as talking about pain; the pain scale; keeping a pain diary; when to take medication; dosage; side effects, including depression; and other ways to reduce pain, such as meditation and music.




Successful Ageing Seminar: Getting a grip on pain and the brain - 26 July 2013


  Clinical neuroscientist and physiotherapist Professor Lorimer Moseley is the leader of the Sansom Institute for Health Research Body in Mind research group. He and his team are conducting ground-breaking research into chronic pain -- shedding light on how the brain produces pain, and in turn developing non-pharmacological treatments to help the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain.
  National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) postdoctoral research fellow, Dr Tasha Stanton, delivered a presentation focusing on osteoarthritis and the brain. Dr Stanton is at the forefront of novel approaches to the pain of osteoarthritis. Her research interests lie in understanding the neuroscience behind pain and its clinical implications.



7:30 Report - Painful Reality Patients Let Down


  Professor Michael Cousins, head of anaesthetics and pain management at Sydney University based at Royal North Shore Hospital, spoke with Kerry O'Brien from ABC's The 7.30 Report about pain management. 



Insight SBS - Accidental Addicts


  The SBS Insight program " Accidental Addicts" highlighted the urgent need to implement Australia's National Pain Strategy.The increasing use of pain medications, including opioids for chronic pain, could be stemmed by improving access to multi-disciplinary pain services, for people with chronic pain, especially in regional and rural Australia.





7.30 Report - Australia faces silent epidemic of chronic pain


  Chronic pain is one of Australia's most expensive health problems, costing our economy around $34 billion every year. Yet there's only a handful of clinics that specialise in treating pain. It might surprise you to learn that these days, pain isn't just considered a symptom, but a chronic disease in itself. Even so, most medical professionals still aren't trained to deal with it. Today, the New South Wales Government committed $26 million towards developing new pain management services, but that will only meet a fraction of the need.




Life Before Death Series



LIFE Before Death documentary series about the global crisis in untreated pain and the dramatic life changing effect palliative care services can deliver to patients and their families around the world.

LIFE Before Death comprises 50 short films themed around pain control and end of life issues, releasing one a week for a year from May 2011.  

The project is presented by the Lien Foundation and produced by Moonshine Movies.  It is also supported by The International Association for the Study of Pain, The Mayday Fund, The Union for International Cancer Control and The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice International Programs.



View six of the 50 short films below.           


chronic pain

Life before Death

Chronic Pain




9. cancer pain

Life before Death

Cancer Pain



Life before death


5. what is pain

Life before Death

What is Pain?


8. HIV pain

Life before Death


total pain

life before death

total pain & mental health



National Pain Summit


pan summit


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