The PMRI luncheon Sailing Through Pain proved to be a great success, with more than $44,000 raised for the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) and its new studies into opioid-tapering and chemotherapy-induced pain.
In his opening remarks, NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard acknowledged how debilitating pain can be, having had experience first hand with his mother's spinal pain condition. He noted the need for improved pain specialist services across the state, and his pride at the reputation of the PMRI as a leader in pain research globally.
Member for Gosford and Painaustralia Ambassador Liesl Tesch AM provided an emotional account of her journey of living with pain during a Q&A with the MC Sally Loane. She also discussed the importance of her role as a champion for people living with pain and her constituents.
Head of the PMRI Professor Paul Glare presented the institute’s key research projects and also held a Q&A with an ‘ADAPT Graduate’, about the benefits of multidisciplinary pain management.
Painaustralia CEO Carol Bennett and Board Director Dr Newman Harris were among the 160 participants at the event. Painaustralia congratulates event organisers Shaan and Geoff Verco for their long standing support of the work of the PMRI in delivering an excellent and informative event, highlighting the importance of quality multidisciplinary approaches to pain management and research.
The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research and Member for Wakehurst
Liesl Tesch AM MP, Member for Gosford and Painaustralia Ambassador talks to Sally Loane about living with chronic pain.
Professor Paul Glare, Chair of Pain Medicine talks Tony Heathwood