Painaustralia participated in the Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC) Management Advisory Committee Meeting in Sydney on the 1st of November. ePPOC is a program which aims to help improve services and outcomes for individuals experiencing chronic pain through benchmarking of care and treatment. ePPOC is an initiative of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
ePPOC involves the collection of a standard set of data items and assessment tools by specialist pain services throughout Australia and New Zealand to measure outcomes for their patients as a result of treatment. This information has been used to develop a national benchmarking system for the pain sector, leading to better outcomes and best practice interventions for patients in chronic pain. The information also enables the development of a coordinated approach to research into the management of pain in Australasia.
Other events this month included Painaustralia also attend the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation, the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) 2019 Election Consultation and Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Painaustralia also attended the launch of Musculoskeletal Australia's EverybodyMOVE report, highlighting the importance of movement, awareness, approach to delivery of care. Annie McPherson (pictured left) spoke about her experience living with ankylosing spondylitis as part of the event.