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New help for pain consumers and health professionals

New help for pain consumers and health professionals

1 in 5 Australians have chronic pain. Many people find that that pain interferes with the simple activities of daily life. They may also find that those around them don't understand their predicament and so they feel isolated and alone.

There is now hope offered in a website launched yesterday by the Minister for Health that offers knowledge and skills that can change outcomes in chronic pain.

It's an initiative of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) – part of the NSW Health system and its response to the NSW Pain Plan.

The website is built on the latest scientific knowledge on managing pain and what ACI has learned from talking to people in pain, expert pain specialists, General Practitioners and many other health professionals.

Dr Chris Hayes, Pain Expert and Co-Chair of the ACI Pain Management Network explained that chronic pain is pain that persists for more than three months or beyond.

“There is now a growing recognition that pain-related nervous system changes are potentially reversible. That we can teach people with chronic pain to use the latest scientific knowledge to change outcomes, to ‘‘retrain the brain’’ and wind down the sensitised nervous system that underlies chronic pain,” said Dr Hayes.

“The overall aim of the ACI’s initiative is to empower consumers and healthcare professionals working in the community with the latest scientific knowledge to understand chronic pain and how to manage it,” Dr Hayes said.
 
The ACI Pain Management Network’s website builds on the latest scientific knowledge on how to manage chronic pain. Visitors can access: 

  • Interactive learning and self-management modules for adolescents with chronic pain
  • Online resources that promote self-management to help people to retrain their brain’s response to chronic pain
  • Inspirational videos of people young and old sharing their experience of how adopting an evidence based approach to pain made a real difference to their daily lives
  • Practical tools and resources to help people with chronic pain to improve daily sleep and mood, guidance on the role of pain medication and the importance of healthy lifestyles
  • A health professional toolkit that includes assessment and management tools for doctors and healthcare professionals working in the community, factsheets for patients and information on NSW Pain Clinics.

Visit the ACI Chronic Pain website.

View the media release.