Living Well With Chronic Pain After Service event hosted by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and
Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley
(From left to right) Painaustralia CEO, Carol Bennett, Project Manager, Nick Nguyen, Senior Project Manager, Monika Boogs, AeroPM CEO, Emily Frizell, AeroPM General Manager, Adam Frizell.
Painaustralia was this week honoured to have His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Mrs Linda Hurley host another Painaustralia event at Government House this time to raise awareness and support for veterans who live with chronic pain.
We know that a significant number of veterans live with chronic pain from injuries obtained during service and musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common reasons for medical discharge from the armed forces. With the Royal Commission in Defence and Veteran Suicide underway, we look forward to highlighting the key issues for veterans living with chronic pain conditions.
Painaustralia is grateful to their Excellencies for their ongoing support for Painaustralia’s work.
While on the topic of thanks, we were humbled and inspired by the amazing efforts of Daniel Scali who exceeded more than 9 hours planking to break the Guinness World Record for the longest abdominal plank.
Living with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Daniel undertook the challenge to raise awareness of chronic pain and CRPS while also raising funds for Painaustralia. Daniel has demonstrated through his tenacity beyond a doubt that chronic pain doesn’t define him. Congratulations on your achievement and raising awareness of chronic pain Daniel!
Another recent highlight for me was participating in the IASP global congress on pain held in June. It was wonderful to be among outstanding international colleagues in the pain field, all working towards implementing National Pain Strategies. It was also nice to be able to finally announce that our own National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management has been endorsed by all Australian governments. There is room for optimism that chronic pain is finally gaining awareness and support around the world.
This edition of enews highlights a number of important events – each contributing to greater knowledge, awareness and ideally better practice and outcomes for Australians living with pain conditions. I hope you enjoy the read.