Painaustralia is grateful for the assistance provided by its supporters who contribute to our mission by providing pro bono advice and services.
Special thanks to the Kinghorn Foundation for their generous philanthropic grant and the Commonwealth Department of Health for their project support for the Real Relief campaign and National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management.
Painaustralia statement in relation to the influence of pharmaceutical companies
Painaustralia is an evidenced based organisation. The combined input of clinical experts and consumers determines Painaustralia policies in relation to all drugs and other pain treatments. At times this strong evidence-based approach has created difficulties with particular groups that believe their treatments should be endorsed even though the treatment may lack strong evidence of effectiveness. Painaustralia will not support or endorse any pain treatment that cannot demonstrate effectiveness.
Painaustralia does not accept funding from any pharmaceutical company to engage in any form of lobbying or advocacy in support of their products. All pharmaceutical company funding received is directed towards the priority activities of Painaustralia in accordance with an independently developed code of practice.
Painaustralia takes the responsibility for maintaining the highest standards of transparency, governance and ethical conduct seriously and is compliant with all legal and financial requirements.
Painaustralia is pleased to be a signatory to the consensus framework for ethical practices in health care, developed in collaboration by a large group of Australian health leaders, and endorsed by Australian federal, state and territory health ministers.
More than 50 signatory bodies have signed the framework, which was developed in collaboration with a host of Australian professional health bodies, industry organisations, hospital and health services associations, regulators, patient and advocacy groups and other related organisations. Signatories to the Australian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration are committed to delivering the best outcomes for patients. Collectively they share similar challenges and hopes – including the desire to maintain and improve ethical behaviour.
More information on the framework can be found here.