Painaustralia’s role is to work with government and other stakeholders to improve policy in relation to the management of pain, through implementation of the National Pain Strategy and to recognise pain as a national health priority.
The painful facts point to a massive and growing public health issue that must be addressed with leadership at the national level.
While most states and territories have developed and are implementing state-wide pain strategies this work is fragmented and under-funded and there is an enormous need for a coordinated national approach to improve treatment of acute and chronic pain and provide equitable access to effective evidence-based pain services for all Australians.
Painaustralia is calling for:
Leadership and coordination by the Federal Government of a national approach to ensure access to integrated pain management services, building on the work of state governments, private sector providers, Primary Health Networks and Local Hospital Networks.
Access to effective pain services for all Australians including people in rural, regional and remote areas, indigenous and socio-economically disadvantaged communities, children, older Australians and people with mental illness.
Access to pain management education and training for health professionals in particular as it relates to early intervention, multidisciplinary team practice and the use of opioid medications.
A public awareness campaign to address discrimination, misunderstanding and stigmatisation of people with pain within the community, including in the workplace and in welfare and compensation systems.
Funding to provide community support services including consumer information, self-management education and telephone support (crisis help line).
The development of a national research agenda to address gaps in knowledge about chronic pain and improve clinical practice in pain management.
PAIN AND COVID-2019 - The perfect storm that validates the need to fast track technology advances in pain assessment for vulnerable populations and their families by Dr Jennifer Abbey, AM, Carol Bennett, CEO, Painaustralia and Philip Daffas, CEO, PainChek September 2020 Download the paper
NICE Chronic Pain Assessment and Management Guidelines to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence London UK from Painaustralia September 2020 Download the submission
Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study Consultation paper and priority content for the National Health Survey 2022 from Painaustralia July 2020 Download the submission
Consultation on Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities for 2018-2021 September 2018 Download the submission
Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment (Removing Commonwealth Restrictions on Cannabis) Bill 2018 June 2018 Download the submission
Submission to Australian Aged Care Quality Agency - Draft Guidance Material for New Aged Care Quality Standards May 2018 Download the submission
Submission to Department of Health - Scheduling Delegates' interim decision on Ibuprofen and invitation for further comment March 2018 Download the submission
Submission to Department of Health and Human Services Victorian Government - Regulatory impact statement and proposed regulations for Safescript Victoria’s real-time prescription monitoring system March 2018 Download the submission
Submission to Consultation Paper: Prescription strong (Schedule 8) opioid use and misuse in Australia - options for regulatory resonse - TGA March 2018 Download the submission
Submission To The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport Inquiry into The Quality of Care In Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia February 2018 Download the submission
Submission To The Department Of Treasury Consultation On The Review Of The Early Release Of Superannuation Benefits February 2018 Download the submission
Submission to the Australian Government, Department of Health Consultation on Specialist Dementia Care Units January 2018 Download the submission
Submission to the Discussion Paper 'Why we need a new rural and remote health strategy' August 2017 Download the submission
Submission to the Review of Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised August 2017 Download the submission
Submission to the Senate inquiry into the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs July 2017 Download the submission