Why pain must be a national health priority

Pain is the most common reason people seek medical help – yet it remains one of the most neglected and misunderstood areas of healthcare.

    • Chronic pain is third only to cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal conditions in health expenditure. It is estimated that half of the $7 billion cost of chronic pain to the health system could be saved by providing effective and timely treatment.


    • A 2007 study revealed that 3.2 million Australians live with chronic pain. Yet up to 80% of these people are missing out on treatment that could improve their health and quality of life – due to a serious shortage of pain services and qualified health professionals.


    • For acute or cancer pain, it is estimated that 50% of adults and children are under-treated, despite the possibility of effective treatments for most patients.


    • Chronic pain is the most common reason for people aged between 45 and 64 to drop out of the workforce, with arthritis and back problems accounting for over 40% of forced early retirements.



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Chronic pain is not just a health issue – it has a massive impact on welfare costs and productivity.


Access to effective pain management is a healthcare, economic and moral imperative for all Australians.

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  • Understanding Pain Video

    Must watch! Evidence based approach to chronic pain management.

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  • TED Ed Video

    Watch Elliot Krane's TED talk: The mystery of chronic pain.

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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the millions of people living with chronic pain, and to minimise the burden of pain on individuals and communities across Australia.


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