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The cost of pain in Australia report is the first time in more than a decade that a comprehensive picture of the impact of chronic pain has been painted.
The launch of the report made national news, with many consumers bravely offering to open-up and share their story to give a human face to the startling figures found in the report by Deloitte Access Economics.
Thanks to Mary-Lynne Cochrane (who also delivered a wonderful address at the launch event), Leah Dwyer, Sarah Fowler and Don Firth, Professor Paul Glare and others for making themselves and their stories so available for media opportunities. A special thanks also to Painaustralia Board Member, Associate Professor Malcolm Hogg for his assistance with media enquiries and for his presentation at the launch event.
We also welcomed Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announcement set to start improving access to the best possible pain management for all Australians.
$4.3m for better access to pain management services through the Rural Health Outreach Fund
$7.2m for a PBS subsidised take home naloxone program (included in the Federal Budget 2019/20)
2.5m over four years to fund consumer and health education awareness and education including $1m for Painaustralia, $1m for health professional education and $0.5m for an education strategy for pain management and opioid use
The new National Advisory Council on Pain Management to be co-chaired by Sister Mary-Lynne Cochrane (Chair of Painaustralia’s Consumer Advisory Council) and Carol Bennett, Painaustralia CEO.