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Juliet: Inherited pain condition

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My pain symptoms started when my menstrual cycle began, at the age of 12. I had blinding pain in my pelvic region, sweating and nausea associated with menstruation. As I got older I also experienced intense back pain, and I would often blackout.



Margaret: Hurt Shopping

margaretThat Friday in June 1990 began like any other Friday – two adults, three teenagers, family pets, all heading out. I was totally unaware that this was the day "Super Mum" would die and life as I knew it would be over.



Maria: Stress-induced migraine


I've suffered migraine for about 12 years. Originally I would have a migraine

almost every day, so now I consider myself lucky to get just two a week.



Jill: Breast cancer pain

jillBreast cancer is a diagnosis heard all too often these days at 13,000 diagnoses a year in Australia.


Deb: Reaching under a bed

debI woke up one morning in 1988 with a sore back.As the pain continued to increase, I consulted my general practitioner who referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. After some tests, I was told that there were no problems and that the pain should go away. It didn't.


Peter: Struck by lightning

peterMy first taste of pain and injury was when I was only three years old.We had a car accident and I had my lower lumbar joints damaged as well as whiplash injuries to my neck. No one knew this at the time, though, and by the time I was nine I was having X-rays on my back to find out why I was in so much pain.


Peter: Accident at work

PeterPanandfamilyIt happened on 28 August 2008 at 8.28am. Everything after that is a bit of a blur, but the moment the accident happened will be stuck in my memory forever.



Katia: Sport injury

katiaI was nine years old when I damaged the ligaments in my left leg in a hurdling accident.After a year of treatment my leg hadn't healed – in fact the pain had worsened and I was diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome.


Aileen: Hurt lifting files

aileenMy injury happened over two days – August 30-31, 2001 – when I was asked to reorganise the office's new filing system.


Dave: Doctor with pain

daveI'd survived the traumas of a major motor car accident, the ignominity of a prostatectomy, and the despair and exasperation of three separate cancers and their harsh therapies, but nothing had prepared me for the greatest challenge of my life, dealing with chronic pain


Olivia: Endometriosis


I've suffered bad period pain since I was 15, but it wasn't until my late 20s when

I was diagnosed with endometriosis.



Wanda: Back injury at work

wandaI first incurred a serious back injury at work in 1985. It was not able to be evidence-based for five years (at the time of surgery).


Marie: Cycling accidents

marieI had two major cycling accidents in the 1980s which caused a spinal fracture and severe whiplash.I quickly got over the accidents and was fine until the early 1990s when I started to have migraines. This gradually progressed to daily migraines by 1996.


Elisabeth: Herniated disc


For the past four years I've been struggling to cope with a herniated disc condition,

which has not improved much, despite me taking positive action and trying to manage it. The condition gives me severe back pain, which I feel almost every day and every night.



Danielle: Childhood pain

danielleIt was during a long jump attempt at my school's athletics try-outs when I was nine that I first hurt myself.As usual, I ran and jumped but as I hit the sand I felt pain in what I thought was my ankle.


Trevor: Injured lifting a child

trevorI injured my neck in 1993 while attending a Scout Jamboree in Canada as a carer for a child with cerebral palsy.My pain symptoms didn't really show up until 1997 when I started getting lots of neck and arm pain.

Harry: Pain in Children

Harry PerkinsHarry Perkins, son of Olympic champion swimmer and former Painaustralia Director Kieren Perkins OAM, was diagnosed with chronic migraine at the tender age of eleven.


Janet: Crushed by a tree

janetSeptember 23, 2006 was a beautiful, still, sunny autumn day.I was in the UK to visit my elderly mother and other family members and had taken the train to London to visit a friend.



Injury caused by phone

mandyMy problems started in the early 1980s with the introduction of computers in most public service departments.In 1986,


Karen: Chronic Widespread Pain Syndrome

Karen 1 croppedMy life was turned upside down in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Chronic Widespread Pain Syndrome (CWPS), a complex, poorly understood and difficult to treat chronic pain


Charmian: Pacing

My pain journey began in 198Charmian6 when I was 17. Unrelated to any incident, I began to experience extreme back pain. I later discovered it was a degenerative disease with no cure, but at the time I thought it could just be 'fixed'.



Elizabeth: Managing pain

elizabethI was an advisory teacher when I suffered a spinal injury in 2007 that landed me in a Brisbane hospital emergency department.Thanks to a neurosurgeon, I regained the use of my left leg and the crushing pain eased.

Daniel: Car Accident

danielBefore my accident, about six years ago, I worked at a prestige car dealership in Brisbane. This work was physically demanding as well as being quite social. We all had to get on well as it could be quite a pressured environment and humour often kept us going.


Jacqueline: Hip Pain

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One day in Year 8 I was playing with some classmates when I hurt my hip. Stuck on the ground and unable to get up, I was taken to hospital by ambulance, but doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me.



Gabrielle*: Chronic migraine

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I suffer from chronic severe migraine. It started 20 years ago and became a daily

occurrence in 1996, from the time I had two cycling accidents.



Symantha: Chronic migraines

samAs a chronic migraine sufferer I've lived with pain since I was a small child. With the help of sub-occipital electrodes and an implanted pulse generator (IPG implant) I can now manage my daily pain and rely less on heavy medications.


Kelli: Autoimmune Disease

neural image webWhen I was 25, I was living life to the full. Then, literally overnight, I became ill. It was 15 April 1998, a date I will never forget, when I woke up in severe pain.  I had to crawl on my elbows and knees to go to the bathroom. I had pain in all my joints – it even hurt to breathe.



Eliza*: Right diagnosis

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Prior to becoming a chronic pain sufferer, that is, someone who experiences daily pain for three months or more, I had led a busy life. Post pain, it has been devastating to have to adjust to a vastly different life.




Sneeze led to neck pain

gerard"Fortunately", the pain from my neck injury was so severe that it was taken seriously from the start.

I have chronic pain from several sources but the most serious and debilitating resulted from a herniated disc at C6-7 caused by, of all things, a coughing spasm.


Renée: Car accident

reneeIn 1962 at the age of 21, Renée was involved in a serious car accident that kept her in an English hospital - in a 40-bed geriatric ward - for nearly two years.



Painaustralia eNews Issue 45, 30 July 2014


NSW Opens New Front in Fight Against Chronic PainScreen Shot 2014-07-29 at 8.27.56 pm


The NSW Government has taken a new step in the fight against chronic pain, branding 1.7 million pharmacy prescription repeat folders with details of the Pain Management Network website.


In cooperation with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, 1700 pharmacies have begun distributing the newly branded folders, to encourage people to access the website and find out ways to manage pain and prevent its escalation.

The website has had over 82,000 views since it was launched in March this year.


"Community pharmacies have long had an important role to play in supporting people living with chronic pain by providing access to quality use of medicines, professional advice and early intervention services," said NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner.

"This is a creative way to target people who are living with chronic pain and who would benefit from support and advice, not only medication."


Pharmacists will use the repeat folders for people who have a script filled for pain medication or a pain-related condition.


The Pain Management Network website was developed by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). It includes interactive learning and self-management modules for adolescents with chronic pain; online resources and practical tools that promote self-management; inspirational videos of people who live with chronic pain; and a toolkit for healthcare professionals.


National Pain Week Reveals the Ageless Nature of Paincpa

National Pain Week (21-27 July), hosted by Chronic Pain Australia, has highlighted the ageless nature of chronic pain.


Responses to the National Pain Week Snapshot Survey revealed that, out of 1330 respondents, 48 percent fit into the 31-50 year age category, a demographic many would not associate with chronic pain, while 43 percent have lived with pain for more than 10 years.'

Half of all respondents had chronic pain following trauma, underscoring the relationship between psycho-social wellbeing and physical health.


For 15 year-old Sarah Fowler, who lives with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, the event was an opportunity to tell people that young people live with pain too, organising an awareness day with other student council members, at her Canberra high school.


"We handed out orange ribbons and encouraged students to wear orange accessories. It was a wonderful feeling to see so many people supporting the day by wearing orange, and asking questions about chronic pain. We also gave a presentation at our school assembly," said Miss Fowler.


For the first time, this year National Pain Week partnered with the sporting community, with Cronulla Sharks dedicating their 18 July game against the Cowboys to raising awareness about the impact of chronic pain on people's lives. A day earlier, on 17 July, Beau Ryan spoke about the issue on the Footy Show.


The week also saw a range of events held across the country, including the Pain Support ACT lunch, Feldenkrais workshops and free public seminars hosted by pain clinics and universities.


A highlight of the week was the Pain is Ageless Rally, which brought together supporters at Martin Place in Sydney on 24 July.


Cementing itself as an important event on the pain community's awareness raising calendar, the campaign generated a good amount of media coverage, which can be viewed at Painaustralia's Pain in the Media page.


Young People in Pain Falling Through the Cracks


Young people with chronic pain who fall through the cracks in our healthcare system are at risk of a lifetime of permanent disability and social problems.


Currently children and teens are only eligible for treatment in a paediatric pain clinic until the age of 16; for new referrals, the cut off age is 15.5 years.


In most cases, teens have to wait until 18 years of age in order to be referred to an adult pain clinic, many of which have wait lists of a year or more.


As a result, they miss out on the specialised care they need, at a critical time in their personal development.


Dr Kathleen Cooke, Head of the Paediatric Pain Service at St Vincent's Hospital in Brisbane, says it is vital that young people develop an identity beyond the pain experience.


"The growth and development that occurs throughout the teen years requires specialised management," said Dr Cooke.


"Left untreated, chronic pain can have a devastating impact on the rest of their lives, including their ability to study, work and form healthy relationships."


Untreated chronic pain can result in low school attendance, poorer grades, and dropping out of sports or other activities. For some, the eventual result is social isolation and depression.


However, if young people learn to manage their pain, and get the right kind of treatment early enough, they can avoid or minimise the impact of long-term pain.


The solution lies in appropriate education programs, to help teens take responsibility for their own medical care and prepare them for the adult medical environment.


Currently the only chronic pain transition service for young people in Australia is the LEAP program at St Vincent's Hospital, which is managed by Dr Cooke.


Delivered by a multidisciplinary health care team, LEAP is for young people within the transitional age group, aged 14 to 21.


"We help young people understand that they can take more control over their medical care, that they can ask questions about what is happening in their body. We educate them about medications and self-management techniques, and essentially we empower them," said Dr Cooke.

"What we want are young people who have a sound understanding of how to manage their pain, so that they can go on to lead productive and fulfilling lives."


To find out more about the LEAP program visit


Pain Management Programs Under Threat with ML Changes


The current restructure of primary care with the formation of new Primary Health Networksis disrupting plans to expand vital chronic pain services.


For Country North SA Medicare Local (CNSAML), the failure to renew key staff contracts will mean chronic pain nurse clinics are unable to function.


The nurse clinics were aimed at improving pain assessment and management in Whyalla, including an Aboriginal health service.


This will have consequences for the population of 200,000 people across the vast CNSAML region, who are faced with hundreds of kilometres of travel to access the Pain Management Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which already has a wait list of up to three years.


Lesley Brydon, CEO of Painaustralia, said, "I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of valuable staff and a very important project. Regional areas all already disadvantaged and programs such as the nurse clinics fill an important gap in the primary healthcare network, for people with chronic pain."


To find out more about the issue of chronic pain in rural Australia, download the National Rural Health Alliance factsheet.


Tamper-proof Oxycontin: the results are in


A new abuse-resistant version of OxyContin introduced into Australian pharmacies in April this year, has resulted in a decline in illicit use of the drug among injecting drug users in Sydney.


The old OxyContin tablets had become one of the most abused prescription medicines – crushed for injection or sniffing – but the new tablets turn into a marshmallow-like blob when hit with a hammer, and become a gel too thick to inject, when mixed with water.

Medical Director Marianne Jauncey of Australia's only medically-supervised injecting centre in Sydney's Kings Cross said, "Where we used to have in the order of 800 visits or more per week for OxyContin injection, we now have in the order of 50."

However, the flip side is that drug users are turning to other substances as a replacement for OxyContin, including morphine, heroin and the powerful painkiller fentanyl.


"Given our reduction in number of visits, you would expect to see a corresponding decrease in the number of overdoses onsite. Instead, we have actually seen an increase. This is because of the increased overdose risk associated with both heroin and fentanyl injection when compared to OxyContin injection," said Dr Jauncey.

The patent on the new OxyContin formula runs out in Australia in July, which means the old formula could soon return to pharmacy shelves and the black market.


Mundipharma, the maker of the new formula, believes only the tamper-resistant drug should be available in Australia, to continue the sharp decline in misuse.


In the US, the tamper-resistant formula has cut abuse and doctor shopping by 50 percent. Reports of death related to OxyContin have dropped by 82 percent, and reports of law enforcement incidents have dropped by 75 percent.


The Federal Department of Health is yet to decide whether or not the old, injectable formula of OxyContin will return to Australian shelves.


Read the ABC News story


New PBS Listing for Chronic Pain Medication


The bioCSL Schedule 8 treatment for chronic pain, PALEXIA® SR (tapentadol HCI), has now ben listed on the PBS.


PALEXIA® SR (tapentadol HCI) is TGA-registered for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain unresponsive to non-narcotic analgesia.


The medication is listed as a restricted benefit and authority is required for increased maximum quantities and/or repeats.


PALEXIA® SR is a centrally acting analgesic which targets both the ascending and descending pain pathways.


Ithas been shown to deliver efficacy in both nociceptive and neuropathic pain conditions, as well as mixed pain where there is both a nociceptive and a neuropathic component.


A meta-analysis of the three pivotal studies of PALEXIA® SRin moderate to severe chronic pain (osteoarthritis of the knee and low back pain) showed PALEXIA® SR100-250 mg BD was as effective as oxycodone CR 20-50 mg BD with significantly less constipation, nausea and vomiting.


According to Professor Stephan Schug, Director of Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, "Treating patients with chronic pain can be difficult. Therefore access to alternative treatments like PALEXIA® SR are a welcome addition for both Australian specialists and General Practitioners who treat the majority of chronic pain patients in Australia.


"PALEXIA® SR represents an effective treatment for moderate to severe chronic non-malignant pain with an improved gastrointestinal tolerability profile to that of controlled release oxycodone."


ASMI Recommends No Change in Paracetamol Guidelines, Despite Findingsasmi-logo


According to the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI), results of a new study into the use of paracetamol for acute low-back pain do not justify a change in paracetamol guidelines.


This was in response to results from a study published in The Lancet, which investigated the efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain.


Conducted by the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, the study randomly assigned 1652 individuals with acute low-back pain to receive up to four weeks of paracetamol in regular doses (three times a day), paracetamol as needed, or placebo. All participants received advice and reassurance and were followed-up for three months.


The results showed no difference in the number of days to recovery between the treatment groups and placebo group.


Researcher Professor Chris Maher said, "It's become accepted wisdom because paracetamol has been used for pain and fever for a long time and people thought if it works for dental pain and headaches it perhaps works for back pain.


"This study would suggest that probably the most important thing a patient does is to resume normal activities."


However, ASMI Director Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Steve Scarff, suggested a more cautious approach.


"ASMI welcomes new research which adds to the body of knowledge about the management of acute low-back pain. However, the results should be assessed against the background of previous research on paracetamol in acute mild to moderate pain," said Mr Scarff.


"We need to bear in mind the overwhelming body of research which demonstrates the effective use of paracetamol for pain management. More research is needed," Mr Scarff concluded.


Telecare Beats Standard Care in Pain Trial


Telephone-based management could be a viable alternative to standard care for chronic musculoskeletal pain, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.


The randomised study involving 250 patients showed better outcomes in a group that received telecare compared with those receiving standard primary care.


The intervention group received 12 months of telecare management that coupled automated symptom monitoring with an algorithm-guided stepped care approach to optimising non-opioid analgesics.


The monitoring was achieved through interactive telephone calls or on an interactive internet site. A nurse and a specialist pain physician then used the algorithm to determine optimum dosage.


Compared with the control group, the intervention group had a 1.02-point lower Brief Pain Inventory score at 12 months, and was nearly twice as likely to report at least a 30 percent improvement in their pain score.


Seventy-five percent of patients in the telecare group rated their medication as good-to-excellent, compared with 50 percent in the usual-care group.


The telecare group gave their overall care a 77 percent average grade compared with 52 percent in the control group.


Unlike previous trials on enhancing pain management in primary care, the researchers say they have focused on optimising analgesic therapy rather than behavioural interventions.


When looking at secondary outcomes, only reduced depression was recorded as statistically significant.

Blogger Speaks Out About Painadele horin


Increasingly people are beginning to gain empathy for those who live with daily pain, especially when they themselves get a taste of its harsh reality.


For former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Adele Horin, who now writes the Coming of Age blog, that moment came after a lobectomy to treat lung cancer.


Despite being in extremely severe pain from a major operation, Ms Horin was not automatically referred to the hospital's pain management team.


"Each night as the pain surged in, it felt as if a thick-bladed, stainless steel kitchen knife was wedged deep into my left lower back; and as if a clamp was pressed, like some medieval torture implement, to my ribs. The medication just didn't touch the sides of it," she said.

In the end, Ms Horin had to ask to see a pain specialist, and it was only then, with a change of medications and dosages, that she began to improve.


Lesley Brydon, CEO of Painaustralia, says the case is not uncommon, and more should be done to ensure people have effective post-operative pain management.


"It is staggering that people are not automatically given access to effective pain management after major surgery," she said.


"There is strong evidence that shows if acute pain is not managed properly, in a timely way, it can lead to chronic pain."


To read Ms Horin's blog 'Trapped in a World of Pain' and view the comments, visit:


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The Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation, of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), in collaboration with the film production company SceneOn, has just released a television spot to raise awareness about chronic pain, and seek funding for more research.


Airing in Melbourne during National Pain Week, the campaign can also be viewed at the Foundation website.


Robert Packer, General Manager of The Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation, who was instrumental in the project, is delighted with the campaign, which was produced on a shoe-string budget.


"We are really pleased with what SceneOn has been able to produce, and we hope this will go a long way towards helping the public understand chronic pain is not just an issue for the elderly," he said.


"But in order to help make a difference in people's lives, we need the best evidence-based treatment, and that means more research."


The Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation was established by ANZCA in 2007 to support medical research and education that saves lives, helps people to reclaim their health and make life as pain-free as possible.


To donate the Foundation, click here.

Future Health LeadersFHL


Future Health Leaders (FHL) is calling on student and early health professionals to get involved in joining the health reform debate.


Established by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) in 2011, as a way to help new health professionals actively engage in the health reform agenda to improve the health of all Australians, FHL has a uniquely multidisciplinary structure, with representation from 24 professions.


Now, with the closure of HWA imminent, FHL has re-incorporated as a not-for-profit association, in order to continue to influence policy by:

  • providing advice to government;
  • running national conferences;
  • hosting forums across the country;
  • providing regular communications to members.


FHL is asking student and early health professionals to become members and increase its capacity to make a difference to government policy as well as higher education.


To get involved, please visit or email

New Research: Seeking Participants


Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Low Back Pain Study


The Pain Management Research Institute and Department of Gastroenterology, Royal North Shore Hospital, are undertaking a study aiming to improve the assessment of pain in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP).

Healthy volunteers and people with IBS or CLBP are invited to take part in a three-hour study involving non-invasive testing of sensation.


$120 is offered as partial reimbursement for time and travel. If you have any questions please contact Dr Paul Wrigley at or call 02 9926 4960.


Spinal Injury and Persistent Pain Project


Pain researchers at the University of Adelaide have launched a new study to investigate the underlying reasons why some people with spinal injury have persistent pain, and others do not.


The study will examine the genetic profile of individuals and compare it with their medical circumstances.


Volunteers from South Australia and New South Wales are being sought for the study. To find out more, click here, or call 1800 009 897.


Chronic Pain Seminars for Health Professionals in Victoria


Alison Sim, an osteopath from Melbourne, will be running seminars in regional Victoria in the coming months, for health professionals with an interest in chronic pain.


Currently undertaking a Masters in Pain Management through the University of Sydney, Ms Sim wants to share her knowledge with others.


The three-hour evening seminars have been developed using the latest evidence-based information, and are in the process of being endorsed by Osteopathy Australia and Exercise & Sports Science Australia.


The seminars will be held in Ballarat (5August), Geelong (21 August) and Warrnambool (23 September).


For more information contact




PMRI Visiting Scholars Program

Associate Professor Toby Hall from Curtin University and the University of Western Australia will present a seminar entitled Classification and physical treatment of neural tissue pain disorders.

When: 31 July 2014 2014, 4-5pm

Venue: Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney

Find out more here


Chronic Pain Seminars for Health Professionals

The three-hour evening seminars have been developed using the latest evidence-based information, and are in the process of being endorsed by Osteopathy Australia and Exercise & Sports Science Australia.

Locations: The seminars will be held in Ballarat (5August), Geelong (21 August) and Warrnambool (23 September).

For more information contact


Pain Management in Practice Workshops

Pain Management in Practice is delivering interdisciplinary one-day and two-day workshops across Australia, to provide training to clinicians and return-to-work professionals who manage people with persistent pain, in order to maximise work and personal function.

When: 11 September (Brisb), 30 October (Syd),

For more information visit


Yoga for Pain

This has been designed to help people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and persistent pain manage the stress of their condition, and reconnect with their bodies.

When: The next course runs in July 2014

Venue: Perth metro area

For more information visit


Primary Health Care Research Conference

The PHC Conference is widely acknowledged as the premier research and networking conference in Australia, the place to promote your organisation and work to the primary health care research community.

When: 23-25 July

Venue: National Convention Centre, Canberra

For details visit:


Sydney Medical School Pain Management Symposia 2014

For healthcare professionals and students with an interest in pain, to learn more about effective multidisiciplinary pain management, in a community setting.

When: 8.30am – 5pm all locations

Locations: Nepean Clinical School (16 August), Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour (30 August), Dubbo Convention Centre (24 October)

For more information, click here.


ANZSPM 2014: Palliative Medicine: past, present and future

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine will be hosting its 20th annual scientific meeting.

When: 2 -5 September

Venue: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast

For details visit:


RACGP Conference

Over 1000 delegates attend this annual conference each year, which will include a range of active learning modules, workshops, sessions, short paper presentations and CPR workshops to assist GPs to fulfil their QI&CPD requirements.

When: 9-11 October

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide

For details visit:


Making Sense of Pain Inter-Professional Workshop

Healthcare professionals from all disciplines will have a unique opportunity to update their knowledge and skills about pain management, and to effectively transfer them into their clinical practice setting. Australian Physiotherapy Association CPD points (16 hours).

When: Friday 14 – Saturday 15 November 2104, and constitutes

Venue: Wyllie Arthritis Centre, 17 Lemnos St. SHENTON PARK WA

For details or to register contact: Melanie Galbraith or John Quintner


50 Shades of Pain Conference 3-5 December

The 50 Shades of Pain Conference will be held 3-5 December 2014 in Brisbane. Hosted by the Australian Pain Management Association and Palliative Care Queensland, it will focus on advanced clinical issues in palliative care and pain management. For specialist palliative and pain management doctors, nurses, allied health practitioners, educators and volunteers from across Australia.

For details or sponsorship opportunities contact: John-Paul Kristensen on 07 3256 2486 You can also download the flyer.


Australian Pain Society's 35th Annual Scientific Meeting 15-18 March

The theme of next year's conference is Managing Pain: from mechanism to policy This is the only multidisciplinary conference in Australia offering insights into the complex nature of pain management from medical, nursing and allied health perspectives. The program will include: brain pain, immune stressors, acute pain, chronic pain, opioids, neuromodulation, emerging interventional techniques, paediatrics, physiotherapy, psychology. Speakers include Professor Herta Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health, Germany, Dr Mary Lynch of Dalhousie University, Canada and Dr Frank Porreca from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, USA.

When: 15-18 March 2015

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Join Painaustralia


If your organisation cares about people in pain and wants to make a difference, please consider becoming a member of Painaustralia.


Our capacity to influence government policy and improve understanding and management of pain is directly related to the strength of our membership network.


We are currently preparing a 4 year report on progress with the National Pain Strategy. If your organisation has contributed to this progress, or would like to do so in the future, we would love to hear from you.


Your support could make all the difference.


Membership details can be accessed at or you can email 


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