This week marks National Pain week (25 July to 1 August) to remind our friends, family and health professionals of the social isolation that pain can create.
Chronic pain is widely misunderstood and there is still a lot we need to learn about it and how to treat it.
Painaustralia has developed a new factsheet outlining the devastating effects of chronic pain which is available on the Painaustralia website to view and/or print out for distribution.
More than 68% of Australians living with chronic pain are of working age. Nearly half of working Australians who retire early are doing so because of chronic pain.
In 2020, costs of chronic pain were $144.1 billion. If nothing is done, it is expected to rise to $215.6 billion by 2050.