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New resources to celebrate second anniversary of innovative pain website

New resources to celebrate second anniversary of innovative pain website

In March 2014, the NSW Minister for Health launched an innovative new website in response to the NSW Health Pain Plan 2012 - 2016.

Two years later, the Agency for Clinical Innovation Pain Management Network website has been used by more than 46,000 people in 123 countries throughout the world, and continues to provide a wealth of information and support for General Practitioners, other clinicians and consumers managing chronic pain.

Affecting one in five people, chronic pain is pain that persists for more than three months and doesn’t go away. It interferes with people’s lives, work and relationships. Many people with chronic pain feel isolated and alone, and that others don’t understand their experiences. Learning different strategies to manage pain is an important part of an integrated approach to living with chronic pain.

To celebrate the second anniversary, new sections have been added to the website:

  • Quicksteps is a decision support tool which can help General Practitioners to work with their patients to create tailored, individual chronic pain management plans. It provides a framework to direct care and guidance on contributing factors including psychological distress, medications, physical activity, sleep and nutrition. The General Practitioner and patient work together through the tool to create a guided self-management plan that the patient can develop and implement on a daily basis.
  • New resources for consumers in different community languages including a toolkit for pain management and a five minute video translated into Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Greek languages.
  • A new video series for General Practitioners to increase understanding and awareness of the resources available and how to use them in daily practice