A new online directory of services has been launched to help people living with chronic pain better manage their conditions.
The Federal Government-funded initiative could make it easier to access more than 200 pain treatment services.
The government says chronic pain is an escalating health issue and carries a significant economic burden, both for affected individuals and the national health system.
It has also invested $6.8 million to support prominent pain activities.
Here’s a breakdown:
- $1 million to Painaustralia to support consumer awareness and education
- $1 million to help train GPs in pain management care
- $500,000 for a public education campaign focused on the management of pain and the use of opioids
- $4.3 million to deliver outreach pain management specialist services in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.
The National Pain Services Directory can be accessed via the Painaustralia website.
National Seniors Australia continues to call for reforms that put a brake on rising health care costs and help older Australians access the best possible medical services.
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