The Australian Government recently announced that Painaustralia will be supported to develop a National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management (the Action Plan).
The Action Plan is a critical step towards improving quality of life for the millions of Australians that live with chronic pain (daily pain that lasts three months or longer) and reducing the burden of pain which is increasingly impacting families, communities and the economy. The Plan will set out key priority areas and measures to improve access to, and knowledge of best practice pain management, in the next three years.
The Action Plan will build on the 2010 National Pain Strategy which was endorsed by 200 stakeholders including those working in pain medicine, allied health, drug and addiction medicine, mental health, rural health, general practice, pharmacy as well as consumers and carers. The Strategy provides a blueprint for the treatment of pain, recommending an interdisciplinary approach to deliver best practice pain management. It identifies 6 key goals to reduce the pain burden.
The National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management
The National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management will provide a key step towards a national and holistic policy framework that will support consumers, health practitioners and the wider community to improve the quality of life for people living with pain, their families and carers and minimise its impact.