Chronic pain services boost

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.

Reducing the burden

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.

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