Painaustralia was a foundation supporter of the Declaration which calls for access to effective pain management to eliminate avoidable suffering of people throughout the world.
Management of acute pain is inadequate for more than 50 percent of people in developed countries and 90 percent of people in developing countries, while chronic non-cancer pain occurs in at least one in five people worldwide, including Australia.
The Declaration proposes that Governments and all healthcare institutions establish laws, policies and systems that will help promote access to effective pain management.
The principles of the Declaration have been endorsed by the Institute of Medicine and the World Medical Association WMA). At the 62nd General Assembly the WMA adopted a Resolution on the Access to Adequate Pain Treatment, which states that denial of pain treatment violates the right to health and might be medically unethical.
Chronic pain is a growing public health problem with inadequate access to care. Scientific and economic arguments have failed to get the attention of government and policy markers, many advocates are turning to the moral perspective offered by the health and human rights movement.