Who Does Pain Affect?
Everyone who has felt pain knows the reality of their own experience and that the experience of others may be different.
It can be difficult to measure exactly who in our society is experiencing chronic pain, as pain is a subjective experience and attitudes and perceptions of pain can vary considerable among individuals. However, there are some groups where particular support is needed.
Chronic pain also affects children, adolescents and young adults.
Multicultural groups may have cultural beliefs that can impact upon the chronic pain experience.
Older People & Those With a Disability
Older people and those with a disability have the highest rates of chronic pain in our community.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at higher risk of living with painful conditions.
Rural & Remote Communities
People who live in rural areas are more likely to have chronic pain than those who live in major cities.
Musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common reasons for medical discharge from the armed forces.