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First Online Survey – Painaustralia National Action Plan

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

Eight years on, these goals remain relevant and will inform the new National Action Plan, while new priorities may have emerged that need to be considered.

We are keen to hear your views about the priorities that you think will make the most difference, whether you are living with chronic pain, caring for someone with chronic pain, working in the health sector or simply have an interest in addressing this national health challenge.

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(Source: AHHA)

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