Painaustralia is Australia’s leading pain advocacy body working to improve the quality of life of people living with pain, their families and carers,
and to minimise the social and economic burden of pain on individuals and the community.
Launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Pain Management Group
The Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), formally launched Painaustralia's Parliamentary Friends of Pain Management Group, and welcomed Tara Moss as the newest Pain Champion at an event held on Tuesday 6 October 2020.
THE ROLE OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS IN PAIN MANAGEMENT, Parliamentary Friends of Pain Management Group
On Thursday 12 November 2020, the first meeting of the Parliamentary Friends of Pain Management Group was held to discuss medicinal cannabis for pain management. The video of the event is here:
Painaustralia issued a briefing paper for the Parliamentary Friends group which can be found here.
Keep up to date with the latest from Painaustralia.
The Cobra Effect: the intended and unintended consequences of opioid policy in Australia
25 FEB 2021
In June 2020, PBS changes were introduced along with new regulatory changes aimed at restricting the long-term use of opioids. These changes were implemented to reduce hospitalisations and deaths caused by opioids. Some of the associated measures included reducing pack sizes of opioid medications to just 10 tablets, restricting repeat prescriptions and encouraging doctors to wean their patients off the drugs where possible while not prescribing to ‘opioid naïve’ people.
Over-the-counter medicinal cannabis a step toward better pain management
Painaustralia has welcomed the announcement by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to down-schedule cannabidiol (CBD) and enable the availability of low-dose CBD over-the-counter (OTC) in pharmacies.
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
RACV launches new survey to address driving with chronic pain.
Many drivers can feel their muscles twinge after a long stint behind the wheel but for people with chronic pain, the challenge of driving for prolonged periods can impact their everyday lives. Experts say 14 per cent of Australians – 3.5 million people – suffer chronic pain, but many want to continue to drive.