September marks Pain Awareness Month hosted by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Ideally, this month will spark more conversations and understanding about pain between health professionals, people living with pain, policy makers and the wider community.
We recognise that ideal pain management, one that takes a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, is not accessible or affordable for every person experiencing chronic pain. That is why we are committed to making pain a national health priority, to ensure access to integrated pain management services for all Australians, especially our most vulnerable.
Education and training are vital to ensure our health professionals have the resources and knowledge they need and are supported to continue learning. We are all learning. Pain Awareness Month is a reminder of this, as communities come together to discuss pain and learn and share with our peers.
To mark Pain Awareness Month, Painaustralia will release a series of educational materials, including factsheets, blogs, online videos, and host a webinar to raise awareness of the reality of living with chronic pain.