National Action Plan for Chronic Pain – have your say

9 Aug 2018

The Australian Government recently announced funding for Painaustralia to develop a National Action Plan on Chronic Pain Management. 

According to Painaustralia, the National Action Plan is a critical and overdue step towards improving quality of life for the millions of Australians who live with chronic pain (daily pain that lasts three months or longer) and reducing the burden of pain which is increasingly impacting families, communities and the economy. The Plan will set out key priority areas and measures to improve access to, and knowledge of, best practice pain management in the next three to five years. 

The Plan will build on the 2010 National Pain Strategy endorsed by 200 stakeholders including those working in pain medicine, allied health, drug and addiction medicine, mental health, rural health, general practice, pharmacy as well as consumers and carers. The Strategy provides a blueprint for the treatment of pain, recommending an interdisciplinary approach to deliver best practice pain management. It identifies six key goals to reduce the pain burden. (See question 6 of the survey) 

Painaustralia is keen to hear your views about the priorities that you think will make the most difference to support people with pain and has created a survey to seek input from health professionals, consumers, carers and other interested people to help it shape the National Action Plan.

Please click here to complete the survey by Friday 17 August 2018.