Painaustralia believes it is vital the public and those personally affected by pain have a strong voice in our policy, submissions, campaigns and key activities.
Here you will find current calls from Painaustralia for consumer input.
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has reviewed the current definition of pain that has been widely used for a number of years by many diverse groups globally. The IASP Definition of Pain Task Force is ready to release a new proposed definition of pain and accompanying notes. The proposed new definition of pain is the result of careful discussion, review, and participation from all Task Force members in close coordination with the IASP Council.
Current Definition of Pain:
An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.
Current Accompanying Notes:
The inability to communicate verbally does not negate the possibility that an individual is experiencing pain and is in need of appropriate pain-relieving treatment. Pain is always subjective. Each individual learns the application of the word through experiences related to injury in early life. Biologists recognize that those stimuli which cause pain are liable to damage tissue. Accordingly, pain is that experience we associate with actual or potential tissue damage. It is unquestionably a sensation in a part or parts of the body, but it is also always unpleasant and therefore also an emotional experience. Experiences which resemble pain but are not unpleasant, e.g., pricking, should not be called pain. Unpleasant abnormal experiences (dysesthesias) may also be pain but are not necessarily so because, subjectively, they may not have the usual sensory qualities of pain. Many people report pain in the absence of tissue damage or any likely pathophysiological cause; usually this happens for psychological reasons. There is usually no way to distinguish their experience from that due to tissue damage if we take the subjective report. If they regard their experience as pain, and if they report it in the same ways as pain caused by tissue damage, it should be accepted as pain. This definition avoids tying pain to the stimulus. Activity induced in the nociceptor and nociceptive pathways by a noxious stimulus is not pain, which is always a psychological state, even though we may well appreciate that pain most often has a proximate physical cause.
Proposed New Definition of Pain:
An aversive sensory and emotional experience typically caused by, or resembling that caused by, actual or potential tissue injury.
Proposed Accompanying Notes Section:
Painaustralia will be providing input to the IASP’s consultation. Please provide your comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 September 2019.
Painaustralia believes it is vital the public and those personally affected by pain have a strong voice in our policy, submissions, campaigns and key activities. We are always looking for more consumers to join our broad network, your input is pivotal to our work. If you would like to participate, please follow the link below:
The Language Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management are in their final revision following extensive feedback from people living with pain and those working in the sector.
The Guidelines aim to help media, consumers, health care providers, government, other industry stakeholders and the general community to use accurate and sensitive language when discussing chronic pain and those who live with it.
Closed Painaustralia surveys:
The Therapeutic Goods Administration was seeking input on a proposal to introduce a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system for medical devices in Australia. Painaustralia gathered consumer opinions of the UDI proposal as well as thoughts on medical devices in general to guide Painaustralia's submission. February, 2019